SAN FRANCISCO (August 30, 2021) – Bold.org, the scholarship platform committed to fighting student debt through philanthropy, continues its Year of Giving Campaign with American tennis player, Sloane Stephens. For the campaign’s August chapter, Sloane and Bold.org are debuting a $20,000 Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship, in loving memory of her grandparents. The scholarship debuts as Sloane plays in her US Open match against Madison Keys.
Sloane has always been committed to giving back and supporting the community. As she competes at the highest levels of her sport (winning the US Open in 2017 and rising to become the #3 ranked player in the world), she also dedicates her time to charitable efforts with the Sloane Stephens Foundation. She founded the nonprofit in 2013 at the age of 20 to provide more opportunities to underserved children through education and sports. Through her foundation, Sloane has helped level the playing field for over 8,000 underserved youth nationwide who otherwise would not have access to safe environments to learn, exercise or play.
Stephens continues making her impact through the $20,000 Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship, which is created in honor of her late grandparents who were instrumental in Sloane’s life and firm believers in the power of education. The scholarship will be divided among 20 winners, with each receiving $1,000 toward their education. To apply, candidates must write a short essay about their unique, favorite personal quality that will help them achieve their dreams. Eligible candidates must be in high school or pursuing an undergraduate degree with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
Sloane Stephens says: “My beloved grandparents, affectionately known as Doc and Glo, instilled in me from a very early age the importance of pursuing a quality education even amidst my training and dreams of becoming a professional tennis player. Education is the foundation for success, and it’s something that stays with you forever. It’s been an incredibly tough year, and I’m proud to work with Bold.org to provide these opportunities to deserving students in need so they can keep doing good.”
Bold.org CEO and Co-founder, Dror Liebenthal says: “We are so excited to work with Sloane Stephens — an impact-focused leader on and off the court — to launch her $20,000 scholarship on Bold.org. The whole team at Bold.org is cheering her on as she heads into her US Open match!”
The Year of Giving Campaign kicked off in January 2021, an initiative to create scholarships each month alongside impact-focused public figures and brands. Previous partners include NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade, producer and DJ 3LAU, NFL Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons, professional MMA fighter Cat Zingano, actress and Entrepreneur Jameela Jamil and actor, Terry Crews. To join Bold.org in fighting America’s student debt crisis, donors can create their own custom scholarship by creating a profile at www.bold.org.
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. Bold.org pioneers a new industry by creating an innovative and philanthropic solution to combat the student debt crisis, which has tremendously impacted 44 million Americans to date.
ABOUT SLOANE STEPHENS
Sloane Stephens is an American professional tennis player, Grand Slam Champion, and Olympian. In her historic 2017 comeback following a devastating foot injury and grueling rehab, she rose from No. 957 entering Wimbledon to become the US Open Champion in only two months. Sloane has been ranked as high as world number 3 on the WTA Tour and has won six tournaments to-date. She is also a French Open Finalist, WTA Year-End Finalist, and Australian Open Semi-Finalist. Off the court, Sloane is proudly an investor, entrepreneur, social activist, and philanthropist. Sloane shares her thoughts, resources, and experiences as a Black woman at sloanestephens.bulletin.com.
ABOUT SLOANE STEPHENS FOUNDATION
The Sloane Stephens Foundation was established in 2013 by U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens to inspire children to dream big and achieve, on and off the tennis court. Through nationally recognized after school curricula, college preparatory programs, and exciting tennis instruction, the Sloane Stephens Foundation offers underserved students the additional tools necessary to achieve in and out of the classroom while falling in love with a lifelong sport. Since 2013, the Sloane Stephens Foundation has served almost 6,000 students in the Compton Unified School District in programs across 25 campuses, and serves youth nationwide through other events and programs. To learn more about the Sloane Stephens Foundation, visit www.sloanestephensfoundation.org and follow on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.