2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
Source(s): National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau

Readers & Leaders Annual Scholarship


This annual scholarship is open to all high school seniors who have volunteered for The 2nd & 7 Foundation’s reading program. Our mission is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward. This scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated what it means to pay it forward, while showing promise to continue to live a life of service to the community.


  • Current/Former student-athlete volunteers with The 2nd & 7 Foundation’s reading program in the United States
  • High School Senior


  • $2,700 Scholarship
  • One-time award (non-renewable)


  • Deadline to apply: Jan 30
  • Applications accepted Dec 1 – Jan 30
  • Application review period Feb - April
  • Awards announced May 1


  • Complete application, including essay
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (Non-relative; appropriate letters would be from coaches, teachers, volunteer directors, etc.)


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