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Student-athletes in Anne Arundel County have an opportunity to apply for scholarships from not only one of the most well-known and successful coaches, but also one with local ties.
The Bill Belichick Foundation has officially launched a website introducing two new scholarship programs for student-athletes and athletic organizations. Named for one of the most successful football coaches and an Annapolis High School graduate, the Foundation will award 10 $2,500 individual scholarships and five $5,000 grants to school or non-professional athletic organizations that display a commitment to excellence, but need supplementary assistance to grow and thrive.
The Bill Belichick Foundation was launched in December by the New England Patriots head coach. The Foundation aims to provide coaching, mentorship and financial support to individuals, communities and organizations. Focusing on football and lacrosse, its mission is to bring the values of the Belichick family - a love of sports, coaching and team building - to the athletic leaders of tomorrow.
Belichick has been active in a wide array of charitable endeavors in New England, New York, Cleveland and beyond. This fall the Foundation will distribute 10 scholarships of $2,500 to students who perform to their fullest in the classroom and on the field. The criteria will be similar to a series of scholarships awarded by Coach Belichick to seniors at Annapolis High School. Belichick grew up in Annapolis and played several sports while at Annapolis High School. Just last summer, he paid a visit to the Annapolis football team as it was participating in 7 on 7 drills.
"Not everybody is a Patriots fan, but everybody can agree that they're the blueprint for how an organization should be run, and a lot of that comes from him," Annapolis football coach Nick Good-Malloy said. "You always look for success stories, and he's a great example of that."
This newly-formed scholarship expands on that original mission, as it will be available to anyone in the United States who qualifies. High school seniors can submit a completed application to the Bill Belichick Foundation by July 15. College students who are not participating in intercollegiate athletics but did participate in high school are also qualified.
Although the mission of the Foundation focuses on football and lacrosse, students who excel in other sports may apply as well. Applicants must submit their high school transcript along with the application.
"Athletics have been a large part of my life and have done great things for me and my family," Belichick said. "We are looking forward to being able to support deserving individuals and athletic programs that have bright futures."
In addition to the individual scholarship, the Bill Belichick Foundation will offer an organization grant, a $5,000 donation, recognizing five athletic communities or organizations in need of financial support. Examples of athletic communities who qualify to apply include but are not limited to club teams, town teams and athletic departments. The grant is geared toward helping create, guide and mentor future athletic leaders. Athletic communities and educational institutions may submit completed applications to the Bill Belichick Foundation by August 1.
Applications and additional details for both scholarships can be found at www.billbelichickfoundation.org.