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Students In LeBron James’ “I Promise” Program Just Scored Free College Tuition

LeBron James is a force both on and off the court. The basketball star and founder of The LeBron James Family Foundation is showing his dedication to helping young people get an education by giving students in his program an opportunity to attend Ohio’s Kent State University—tuition free.

On Wednesday, the oldest class of James’ I PROMISE program took a tour of the campus. But there was a surprise waiting for the 193 recipients when they stepped into a lecture hall. The students were told to reach under the seats, where they found an envelope. Inside the envelope were documents detailing the four years of free tuition and one year of free room and board the students would receive if they decided to attend Kent State.

The students’ surprise and delight was captured on video.

The students are the first class from LeBron’s I Promise School, which provides resources, incentives, and academic support to students and their families. The students were all able to attend the I Promise School for free.

“We are so pleased to take our partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation to this next level and welcome these students fully into the Kent State family,” Todd Diacon, president of Kent State said. “Kent State looks forward to the time when our campus is teeming with I PROMISE students.”

“We have already seen the impressive results that the I PROMISE Network is having on its participating students,” said the school’s interim senior vice president and provost, Melody Tankersley. “We are so pleased that Kent State will become the next step in the educational journey of these amazing young people, and so happy that we can start them on their way to exciting careers and lives full of inspiration.”

The generous offer comes with some stipulations: students must maintain a required GPA, stay in good standing with the university, and participate in volunteer work.

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