Derrick Rose Announces The Rose Scholars Program

Wednesday, 08.01.18

Three-time NBA All-Star and MVP Derrick Rose announced today that he is starting his own scholarship, The Rose Scholars. Continuing his philanthropic legacy of off-court impact, Derrick is encouraging high school students to pursue their dreams of college by awarding over $400,000 in tuition money through the program. For further information and instructions on how to apply, visit

“Through The Rose Scholars program, I hope to provide students a path to college that was not previously available to them,” said Rose. “Investing in school-age youth has long been a passion of mine, and I am proud to continue to help children pursue higher education as a means to better themselves and their communities.”

Derrick has a long tradition of giving back to the community through various personal endeavors and NBA Cares programs, with a focus on the well-being of inner-city youth. In 2014, he donated $1 million to After School Matters, a Chicago charity that arranges out-of-school apprenticeships for teens. The Rose Scholars is a further commitment to provide opportunities for others, focusing on students who are civically minded and demonstrate a willingness to lead.

About The Rose Scholars

Students can apply at and they will need to fill out application, write an essay and upload a post to their social media sharing how they have been a leader in the community.  Derrick wants to recognize students who have worked hard to pursue their dream of attending college.  The application for The Rose Scholars program launches today and students are encouraged to apply before the deadline of September 31st. Winners will be announced around October 15th.