Now in his second season in the NBA, Houston Rockets forward Jay Shane Tate announces the Jae’Sean Tate BUILT Scholarship Fund.
Through the team’s announcement, the new scholarship is available to minority and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Colored) service workers in the coffee and food industry who have had to juggle school and work while facing the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Education is very important to me,” Tate said. “I was a student athlete for four years at Ohio State, and graduating with a college degree is one of my proudest accomplishments. I created a scholarship that will support minority students who balance work and education.”
To help raise awareness for his NBA All-Rookie campaign last season, Tate’s love for coffee led him to partner with Houston-based Greenway Coffee to develop his own blend. He became the fourth Rocket, dating from 1985-86, to earn honors from the All-Rookie First Team.
Those interested in supporting the Tate Scholarship Fund can visit his page at Bold.org. Founded in November 2019, Bold.org offers a platform for any person or company to create customized scholarships, fellowships, or grants. For this program, each scholarship is worth $8,000, allowing Tate to select more winners while increasing the value of the scholarship fund.
Tate plans to send a signed commemorative piece to the major contributor for each month the scholarship is run. The first big donor will receive the custom Halloween-themed Tate boots he’ll wear during his game at the Los Angeles Lakers on October 31. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 8 on Instagram Live via the Tate account.
Applicants for a Tate Scholarship Fund scholarship can follow the “Apply Now” option on their Bold.org page. Winners will be announced on May 8, 2022.