The Miami Dolphins are constantly seeking measures to make a positive impact on South Florida communities and they’ve once again done just that with the rollout of their Social Justice Grant Program and Project Change Scholarship.
In November, Stephen Ross and Dolphins players announced the organization would dedicate funds to a social justice grant program. The program’s primary objective is to enhance the reach of groups devoted to improving community engagement and education as well as justice reform.
The Dolphins are now accepting applications for the Social Justice Grant as well as Project Change Scholarship. Efforts to identify recipients for the programs will be guided by an advisory committee of Dolphins players and staff.
The Project Change Scholarship will work in conjunction with North Miami PAL and 5000 Role Models to pay for the tuition of one high school student over a four-year span, with acceptance into a community college or university. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and complete at least 40 hours of community service a semester in social programs.
In order to be the catalyst for change, one must be the change he or she wishes to see. Bearing that thought in mind, students interested in applying will be required to write an essay on the changes they’d like to see in their respective communities, and how the scholarship will better equip them to advocate for others.
Dolphins senior vice president of communications Jason Jenkins recognizes the organizations role as leaders in the South Florida community, and understands the importance of partnering with grassroots organizations to create change.
“When we launched these programs last November, the Goal was to identify and recognize groups focused on community engagement, education and Justice reform,” Jenkins said. It was important to [Dolphins owner] Stephen Ross, our players and members of the organization to use sports as a way to drive social progress and make substantial change in our community.”
Applications for both Social Justice Grant Program and Project Change Scholarship can be submitted at Dolphins.com/SocialJustice. All applications must be turned in by February 28.
The Social Justice Grant Program and Project Change Scholarship initiative are in addition to the Dolphins collaborations with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (Rise).