Browns Foundation accepting scholarship applicants

Posted Oct 1, 2013

The Cleveland Browns Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Marion Motley Scholarship.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns Foundation is now accepting applications for the Marion Motley Scholarship through October 25, 2013. The Cleveland Browns Foundation Marion Motley Scholarship, managed by College Now Greater Cleveland, seeks two deserving students who will graduate from high school in 2014 to receive four-year, renewable scholarships in the amount of $2,500 per year. The scholarship provides opportunities for motivated students whose long-term career goal includes working for a professional sports organization.

Applicants must plan to major in areas that could lead to a career working for a professional sports organization, such as but not limited to: accounting, business, communications, event management, exercise science, finance, graphic design, human resources, information technology, journalism, kinesiology, marketing/advertising, public relations or sports management. Students must be enrolled in a high school located in Northeast Ohio, on track to graduate at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, and plan to enroll in a two- or four-year college in 2014 in order to apply. They also must meet the following minimum qualifications: 2.5 cumulative grade point average through junior year in high school and a score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT.

Now in its ninth year, the partnership between the Cleveland Browns Foundation and College Now has awarded more than $170,000 of scholarship funds to 17 students.  The Marion Motley Scholarship honors former Browns fullback and linebacker Marion Motley, who broke ground as one of the first African-American players in the NFL and played with the Browns from 1946-53. Enshrined in 1968, Motley was the second African-American inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his native Canton. He was a charter member of the Cleveland Browns Legends program in 2001 and was enshrined in the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor’s inaugural class of 2010.

“We are honored to support local students who are investing in their futures and our community through the Cleveland Browns Foundation Marion Motley Scholarship with College Now Greater Cleveland,” said Browns vice president of the Cleveland Browns Foundation Renee Harvey. “It provides these deserving individuals with assistance to achieve their goals and capitalize on opportunities, a fitting initiative to represent Motley and his values.”

“The Cleveland Browns Foundation Marion Motley Scholarship is an excellent example of the business community’s recognition of the importance of college attainment,” said Lee Friedman, CEO of College Now.  “These renewable scholarships are often critical to a student’s ability to pay for and stay in college, and we are grateful for the Cleveland Browns Foundation’s continued partnership.”


The Cleveland Browns Foundation was established in 1999 to provide assistance to those in need. Supporting Northeast Ohio, the Foundation supports youth in the areas of education and development. The Foundation has donated in excess of $1 million since 2011.


College Now provides Greater Cleveland students with guidance and access to funds to prepare for and graduate from college. For more than 45 years, our goal has been to help students pursue educational opportunities that empower them to embark on rewarding careers and strengthen our community. College Now assists more than 23,000 students each year, delivering college access advising, financial aid counseling, and scholarship and retention services in Greater Cleveland schools, in the College Now Resource Center and through community-based programs. For more information, visit


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