Houston Rockets’ Jae’Sean Tate Starts $8,000 Grant for Minorities in the Coffee & Food Service Industry

The NBA star invites family, friends and fans to contribute to the scholarship and will send top contributors signed memorabilia, including Jae’sean’s custom game-worn shoes

November 01, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO (November 1, 2021) – Houston Rockets’ Jae’Sean Tate announces his $8,000 Jae'Sean Tate BUILT Scholarship. The scholarship is available for minority and BIPOC service workers in the coffee and food industry who have had to juggle school and work. The scholarship honors the hard work that minority students and graduates have demonstrated across the service industry, especially as they face more challenges than ever during the pandemic.

Tate had to earn everything, taking the unconventional route of playing internationally before getting his NBA opportunity. Tate spent two seasons playing in Belgium and Australia before making his NBA debut with the Rockets. At 25 years old, and with the help of a campaign backed by Houston’s local coffee community, he achieved NBA First-Team All-Rookie honors.

Today, Jae’Sean creates a unique scholarship program for minorities in the service industry. To kick off the scholarship, Jae’Sean will send a signed piece of memorabilia to the top contributor each month that the scholarship is running. The first top donor will receive Tate’s custom Halloween-themed shoes worn during his game on Sunday, October 31, 2021. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 8, 2021 via Instagram Live on his Instagram account, @o_tate.

Jae’Sean says, “Education is deeply important to me. I was a four-year student-athlete at Ohio State University, and graduating with a college degree is one of my proudest accomplishments to date. I’m inviting people from all parts of the country to apply for this scholarship on Bold.org. Each grant is for $8,000, which means that we’ll be able to select more winners as the value of the scholarship increases. To enter, record a one-minute video or submit a one page essay telling your story and explaining why you’d be a good candidate. Winners will be announced on May 8, 2022.”

Jae’Sean joins a long line of athletes and public figures who make a point of supporting education, including other Bold.org scholarship sponsors such as NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Tyrell Terry, professional tennis player Sloane Stephens, producer and DJ 3LAU, NFL Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons, professional MMA fighter Cat Zingano, actor Terry Crews, singer songwriter Clario and actress Jameela Jamil.

Jae'Sean Tate BUILT Scholarship
Video of Jae'Sean discussing the scholarship


A First-Team All-Rookie honoree in 2020-21, Jae’Sean Tate plays for the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Last season, he averaged more than 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and one steal per game, starting 58 of his 70 appearances and establishing himself as a valuable part of Houston’s rebuilding core. J.T. was born in Toledo, OH and starred at Pickerington Central High School in Columbus before lettering for four years at Ohio State University. Despite his 6’4” size, Tate was tasked with guarding every position on the floor, and he graduated as the program’s 19th all-time leading scorer. After going undrafted, Tate began his professional career with the Antwerp Giants and was named an All-Star of the Belgian League. He then played for the Sydney Kings in Australia, emerging as team MVP and an All-NBL First-Team selection. Jae’Sean is represented by Beyond Athlete Management.

Bold.org is the largest independent scholarship provider in the country and is committed to eliminating student debt and democratizing philanthropy. Founded in November 2019, Bold.org embarks on a journey to relieve the country's soaring $1.8 trillion student debt crisis. Bold.org provides a platform for any person or company to create personalized scholarships, fellowships or grants. The organization creates an innovative and philanthropic solution to combat the student debt crisis, which has tremendously impacted 44 million Americans to date.