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TLF 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient Darrell Kelly
My name is Darrell Kelly II and I have recently completed my Freshman year at Prairie View A&M University, where I am pursuing a degree in Marketing with a minor in Sports Administration. I have chosen to pursue these studies because I have held an interest in working within the professional basketball industry since I was 14. 

I first heard about The Lagrant Foundation through a mentor who previously won a TLF scholarship award while attending Howard University, prior to graduating in 2011. I decided to apply to the scholarship because the recent death of my father has put my family in a financial predicament, making paying for college more difficult. TFL’s mission aligns heavily with my own values of generosity and being of service to those in need. By creating more opportunities for minorities, TLF places more minority students in a position to inspire the following generation. With this scholarship, I am now able to transfer to my preferred institution, University of Houston in the Fall 2020 term. 

Once I earn my degree, I hope to begin my career in the NBA, possibly working for the Houston Rockets marketing department. In addition, I plan to develop a basketball program for young teenagers in Texas to further their basketball skills and successes. These ambitions that I have placed upon myself stem from childhood, as I have continuously held a passion for basketball, marketing, and serving my community. Encouraging diversity into my professional endeavors is critical because it eliminates stereotypes and ultimately provides options for everyone to climb the ladder to their own success, despite the boundaries that are imposed upon us as minorities. 

Beyond receiving the scholarship, I wish to continue to stay involved with TLF because their core values and mission will continue to improve the lives of future minority college students who need assistance throughout their collegiate career. It is vital to help those who struggle to help themselves achieve their own desires, specifically those in the business culture. I think the work TLF is doing is important because the majority of minorities, including myself, have not been taught nor assisted on how to reach professional endeavors in the business field.

 I want to genuinely thank TLF for awarding me with the scholarship that eases a financial burden on my mother and making my dream school into my new reality.

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