Carmelo Anthony wants to make sure students of color can achieve their dreams of becoming mental health professionals.
In light of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Trail Blazers forward is teaming up with NBA stars Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade and Bold.org to help launch a scholarship fund that will be awarded to two Black students pursuing careers in the mental health field or related field. Each student will be awarded $5,000 toward their education.
“This scholarship is just one step forward in eliminating the barriers that exist to mental health care and education and communities of color,” Wade said via the scholarship site.
The Social Change Fund United Scholarship was created by Anthony, Paul and Wade, as part of the Social Change Fund, a fund created to support critical and timely issues impacting the Black community.
"We established the Social Change Fund to invest in and support organizations working to champion criminal justice reform, enact policy solutions, and advocate for the human rights of all Black lives now and for generations to come," Melo said of the Social Change Fund last June.
"I stand for everything this Fund and its beneficiaries support and will not stop pushing for progress until we see an end to the systemic racism that the Black community has faced for too long. We will keep on pushing. We will not lose focus.”
Those interested in applying for the scholarship must be currently studying or plan to study mental health care fields such as psychology, social work or similar.
In addition, applicants must share their “utopian vision for optimal mental health in the Black community; and how mental health care and advocacy can help achieve social justice for communities of color.”