23 Dec 2017 Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund Scholars Receive Special On-Court Honor
The 2017 class of Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund scholars came together on December 19 as they, the scholarship, and Wilt Chamberlain himself were all recognized during the Philadelphia 76ers home game vs. the Sacramento Kings.
During a special on-court halftime celebration, the class’ eight scholars accepted the night’s Game Changer Award on behalf of the scholarship’s namesake and Philadelphia 76ers legend Wilt Chamberlain. Prior to the game, the eight were treated to a pre-game reception that featured guest speakers Sonny Hill, Philadelphia Basketball legend, and Gloria Miller, Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund Committee Member.
The eight scholars are all currently freshman at higher education institutions such as Philadelphia’s University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, as well as Columbia University, Stanford University, and Ursinus College.
Scholars from the class of 2017 were not the only Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund scholars honored on this special night. 2014 Wilt Fund scholar Navya George was honored on-court as part of the night’s New Era Tip of the Cap recognition. George is currently enrolled at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA where she is studying Biomedical Sciences on a Pre-Medical Track.
In addition to all of the night’s recognitions, the 50/50 Raffle raised $3,990 for the Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund.
In 2018, the Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund will make available renewable scholarships of up to $5,000 per year for current high school seniors who plan to attend community college, vocational school, or a four-year university in the fall of 2018.
The 2018 scholarship program is now open and will close on March 29, 2018.
To learn more about the scholarship, or to apply, visit wiltfund.org.