Chris Paul’s Social Change Fund United expands scholarship opportunities

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 1, 2023

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Social Change Fund United, founded by NBA legend Chris Paul of Clemmons and fellow sports icons Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, has launched the second round of its scholarship promoting equity in mental health.

The Social Change Fund United Scholarship, reopening for applications with a $15,000 award, will seek to support three Black students currently studying to receive degrees in mental health-related fields at U.S.-based colleges and universities.

Out of thousands of applicants, Kervin Isaac from Naples, Florida and Michaela Dennie from Gary, Indiana, were selected as the winners of the $10,000 first round of the Social Change Fund United Scholarship.

Social Change Fund United was created in 2020 in response to the continued racial injustice across the country. It seeks to utilize collective influence and resources to make a greater impact in underrepresented communities of color.

Health equity is a key focus of SCFU. Through its partnerships and investments, the organization works to create a more equitable workforce in the healthcare industry and improve the Black community’s physical and mental health and wellness. The $15,000 scholarship continues those efforts by supporting students committed to alleviating inequities in communities of color by pursuing careers providing quality mental health services.

“SCFU is excited to partner with for another round of scholarships to future mental health professionals in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month,” Paul said. “This scholarship aids in building pipelines and access to more professionals in this space that look like us in order to continue to address the mental health crises in our communities. We are committed to supporting lasting change in this space.”