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Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and UNCF Partner to Launch New College Scholarship Opportunity

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FAIRFAX, VA – Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and UNCF — the United Negro College Fund — the nation’s oldest and most successful minority education assistance organization, have launched the Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Fund Program to reduce financial barriers and help increase access to higher education for talented high school seniors. Founded by New York Yankee Derek Jeter, the Turn 2 Foundation creates and supports signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles.

Through the Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Fund Program, the Turn 2 Foundation will provide up to four qualifying students with scholarships to attend one of the 39 UNCF-member colleges and universities. Scholarships of $6,000 per year will be awarded annually for up to four years. Graduates are eligible if they have completed the Jeter’s Leaders Program, the Turn 2 Foundation’s Signature Leadership Development Program in Kalamazoo, MI, and New York City, and will be attending a UNCF-member institution. The scholarship fund is named after Derek Jeter’s sister, Sharlee Jeter, a graduate of the prestigious UNCF-member institution Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

“I am a proud graduate of Spelman College. My experiences were both positive and rewarding. I am pleased that a scholarship named in my honor will assist in giving a deserving student the opportunity to attend a historically black college and receive the benefit of an excellent educational experience. I will certainly continue to act as a mentor, role model and friend to the student recipient(s),” said Sharlee Jeter, Vice President of the Turn 2 Foundation.

“UNCF welcomes this new partnership with the Turn 2 Foundation,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO of UNCF. “The students will get their college degrees thanks to the Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Fund Program and these students will be the engineers, teachers, economists and scientists of tomorrow. We are grateful to Turn 2 Foundation for investing in our future leaders.”

Applicants for the Turn 2 Foundation Scholarship Program must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • High school senior.
  • Students must enroll full-time at one of UNCF’s 39 member colleges and universities.
  • Students must have a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must have completed the Jeter’s Leaders Program in either Kalamazoo or New York.

This year’s applicants must complete and submit the Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Program online application at the UNCF website. Candidates must submit the following documents to be considered:

  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher that details the student’s talents, interests and aspirations
  • A one- to two-page essay answering the following three part question about the students participation and development throughout the Jeter’s Leaders Program:
    • Discuss your contributions to the Jeter’s Leaders Program
    • Discuss your development as a Leader and how the Jeter’s Leaders Program has helped prepare you for college and beyond.
    • Why do you think you deserve this scholarship?
  • Current high school transcript

For more information about this scholarship program, please visit the UNCF website or contact Crystal Terry at (703) 205-2052.

About UNCF

UNCF — the United Negro College Fund — is the nation’s oldest and most successful minority education assistance organization. Its mission is to increase minority degree attainment by providing financial support to its 39 member institutions, reducing financial barriers to college and serving as a national advocate for minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF’s recently redesigned logo and brand identity feature UNCF’s torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at

About Turn 2 Foundation

The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $8 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free. These programs all share the same goal of helping today’s youth become the leaders of tomorrow. For more information about the Turn 2 Foundation, visit us at


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  1. I notice while looking through a recent issue of Avon and saw Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation program regaurding scholarships to disadvantaged youth. This is a program that I am very interested in to advancing myself. My question to you, is this a program only available to African Americans?
    Please advise me asap.

    Thank you,

    Deborah Spoto
    Email address:

    Deborah Spoto

    December 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm

  2. I’m an established artist who would love to donate most of my work for this charity . I grew up in harlem and had the opportunity to attend the HS of Music and art and then cooper union.I’d love to give back to help other needy children. i now live in Oxford CT and would be willing to trans port my art to ny or anywhere in ct. Hope you can see my art on my web-site and like what you see. thanks so much Angelo Perrone

    aangelo perrone

    May 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

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