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Former U of M athlete creates the Quincy Lewis Scholarship at University of Minnesota

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Former Gopher basketball star and NBA player Quincy Lewis is funding a permanent scholarship at the University of Minnesota. The scholarship will be targeted to students of color enrolled in Lewis' major: natural resources and environmental studies in the U's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).

Former Gopher basketball star and NBA player Quincy Lewis is funding a permanent scholarship at the University of Minnesota. The scholarship will be targeted to students of color enrolled in Lewis' major: natural resources and environmental studies in the U's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).

A reception to celebrate Lewis' contribution was held on Monday, July 30 at Chianti Grill, 1611 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul.

Lewis left the U in 1999 to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA. Drafted 19th overall, Lewis played several seasons for the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves. More recently, he's played for several European teams. In the off-seasons Lewis returned to take classes and earned his degree in 2004.

In donating money to the U, Lewis said he wanted to demonstrate the compassion and patience he received as a student-athlete. His contributions will create the Quincy L. Lewis Scholarship, a permanent fund that will award one or more scholarship each year. The scholarship qualifies for the University of Minnesota Foundation's President's Scholarship match, which doubles the impact of Lewis' generosity.

"Completing a degree five years after leaving the U in the midst of a busy life as a professional athlete is a tremendous accomplishment," said Jay Bell, associate dean for academic programs and faculty affairs in CFANS. "Quincy is not only a gifted athlete, but an intelligent and hardworking student who understands the benefits of helping others. We're extremely proud of him and thankful for his gift."

To learn more about the Quincy L. Lewis Scholarship or other opportunities to help students at the University of Minnesota, call (612) 624-7489.


 

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