AD99 Solutions Foundation Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

SIX PITTSBURGH-AREA YOUTH TO RECEIVE ONE-YEAR OF FREE ACCESS TO ALL OF THE FOUNDATION’S ACADEMIC, ATHLETIC, AND LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMMING

NFL veteran Aaron Donald’s AD99 Solutions Foundation has selected its 2020 class of scholarship recipients. Each student will receive full access to all of the Foundation’s academic, athletic, and life skills programs for the next calendar year.

Each student was selected from a pool of applicants based on their demonstrated financial need and ability to benefit long-term from and their commitment to the Foundation’s offerings. The students will be evaluated throughout the year and their progress will be shared at a celebratory banquet at the year’s end.

The six recipients are:

  • Donovan Biggs, 9th grade, Gateway High School

  • Camden Branch, 9th grade, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

  • Mej’Aun Rose, 9th grade, Woodland Hills High School

  • Dejuan Smith, 10th grade, Penn Hills High School

  • Da’Meir Strong, 10th grade, Gateway High School

  • Fred Woodfork, 9th grade, Propel Braddock Hills High School

“These young men are shining examples of Pittburgh’s promise,” said AD99 Solutions executive director Akita Donald. “Our Foundation could not be more excited to provide them with the resources and opportunities to build the brightest future possible for these young, Black men.”

Founded in 2019, the Foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of crime, poverty, and hopelessness by providing resources and opportunities that many of Pittsburgh’s underserved youth are unable to attain at home or school.

The Foundation’s Cohort Curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between traditional education and the real world — providing each student with holistic and practical experiences with touchpoints that includes tutoring, mentoring, career exploration, athletic training, and life skills development, just to name a few.