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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Edwards pledging $1 million to fund scholarships

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards has pledged $1 million in college scholarships for students in the city who keep at least a 2.5 grade point average through high school.

Braylon Edwards

Edwards' foundation is choosing 100 eighth-graders from the city's 58,000-student district for the program, which will include mentoring and tutoring. The students will also volunteer for 15 hours of community service each year and will not be allowed unexcused absences, the Browns said in a statement.

Edwards is scheduled to announce the program on Wednesday, along with the 100 students and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, at Lincoln-West High School.

The program follows Edwards' decision last year to donate $500,000 to the University of Michigan, where Edwards played from 2001-2004, to create a scholarship endowment for football players.