Today, Jordan Brand officially announced the 27 North American students of the 2023 Wings Scholars class. Each student will receive a full-ride scholarship for all four years of college to the school of their choice.
High school senior Minyaun Miller was surrounded by her family and friends in her living room — but she had no idea why they had their phones ready to snap photos. That confusion changed to shock when around the corner walked her community mentor, Debbie Ingram, who glowingly presented her with a blue box. Inside was an incredible endowment: a full-ride college scholarship. Miller was officially a member of the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program.
The Wings Scholar program, now in its fifth year, was inspired by Michael Jordan’s close identification with the power of education – he credits his teachers with instilling in him a confidence in the classroom that spilled onto the court.
An overview of The Wings Scholars Program is below:
- Students are nominated by any of the 30 global partner organizations to the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars program.
- The students then complete an application that identifies them as local leaders, showing an alignment with the partner organization’s values, active participation through community service and more.
- A funding gap must also exist at the post-secondary institution in which a student has been admitted, a gap that Wings alleviates.
- A Jordan Brand committee reads the applications and determines the awardees.
Each cohort receives one-on-one mentorship by a Wings advisor and is exposed to internship opportunities with Jordan Brand to help carry on their collegiate studies to completion. The first cohort of the Wings Scholar Program is set to graduate this year.
Check out more information about the Jordan Wings program here.