Braylon Adams and Steven Williams celebrated two graduations in the spring. In addition to completing high school, the boys were part of the inaugural class of Dallas Cowboys Terence Newman’s Rising Stars Foundation.
The organization provided four years of tutoring in core subjects, personal mentoring from Newman, and a $5,000 college scholarship. All 11 participants are now in college. Adams is playing football at Sam Houston State University, and Williams is playing for Texas A&M Commerce.
FOUNDATION’S INAUGURAL CLASS MAKES THE MOVE TO COLLEGE
Dallas Cowboys Terence Newman makes crucial play that helps college become a reality
for Dallas ISD students
DALLAS—A $5,000 college scholarship, four years of tutoring in all the core subjects, and mentoring by Dallas Cowboys Terence Newman made all the difference in the world for 11 young athletes. Today, all 10 students who participated in the inaugural class of Newman’s Rising Stars Foundation are attending college thanks in large part to his efforts. An additional student from the program’s second class graduated from high school early and is attending college this year as well.
Each student received a $5,000 college scholarship for completing the four-year mentoring program which was launched in 2007 by Newman to make a difference in the lives of Dallas ISD students.
“I’m excited to provide scholarships to these 11 great young men,” said Newman. “I have gotten to know them very well over the last four years, and they are all good students and very good people. They all have a very promising future, and I am happy that these scholarships can help them achieve their goals.”
Braylon Adams, a recent Hillcrest High School graduate and a member of the foundation’s inaugural class, is among the thousands of students strolling the campus at Sam Houston State University this fall. Adams credits the program with providing essential tutoring help throughout the four years of high school.
“The program had a lot of benefits like just hanging out with Terence Newman,” said Adams. “Probably the best thing was the tutoring. I was able to get help on any subject whenever I needed it.”
Adams is playing college football and majoring in accounting.
Each year since the program’s inception, Newman has continued to take 10 freshmen under his wing. In addition to providing tutoring assistance through Sylvan Learning Center, Newman takes the students on regular outings and involves them in community service projects. The students are selected from a pool of students nominated by teachers, administrators and coaches.
The scholarships were paid directly to each student’s college or university. The scholarship recipients are:
· Braylon Adams, Hillcrest High School – attending Sam Houston State University
· Ivory Alexis, Lincoln High School – attending Henderson State University
· Justin Ashby, Sunset High School – attending University of Texas—Arlington
· Galen Durden, Lincoln High School – Wiley College
· Carl Harris, Woodrow Wilson High School – University of Memphis
· Chad Polk, Woodrow Wilson High School – University of North Texas
· Devonte Roberson, Skyline High School – University of Texas—Austin
· Gerardo Salcedo, Sunset High School – Mountain View College
· John Sternes, South Oak Cliff – University of North Texas
· Brandon Turner, Carter High School – Sam Houston State University
· Steven Williams, Hillcrest High School – Texas A&M Commerce