Tri Star Sports And Entertainment Group CEO Lou Taylor has created a new Sports & Entertainment Finish Line grant program to offer support for Black students who have excelled in school and need financial support to complete their degree. The first recipient of the $70,000 Finish Line Scholarship will be Spelman College, the No. 1 ranked Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
In June of 2020, Taylor and the Tri Star leadership team determined they would create action items that supported the Black Lives Matter Movement, which lead to creating a college grant program that could serve the Black community. Tri Star worked with Spelman President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jessie Brooks to create the scholarship.
“When we announced to the Tri Star staff which HBCU we were going to partner with for our scholarships, many staff members shared their personal success stories and how the financial support they received along the way made such a difference for them and their families,“ says Taylor. “Among them was a staff member with their own Spelman story. We knew right then and there we had made the right choice by partnering with Spelman College for our Finish Line Scholarship.”
Taylor revealed plans to establish future opportunities for Spelman students, and the fund will continue to offer financial support to those who are nearing their last days with the school. Tri Star hopes to be able to grow the scholarship program each year, providing more funds to more students in the years to come.