Today, the Dallas Mavericks announced the five local DFW recipients of the Mavs College Scholarship, a 4-year scholarship and mentoring experience.

Each student will receive up to $25,000 annually towards their college education, totaling $125,000 in scholarships per year, for a $500,000 commitment overall. As part of the Mavs Take ACTION! plan, the Mavs selected five DFW students who showed financial need and excelled in school despite setbacks and challenges faced to receive a scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipients have shown their commitment to education and continuous passion for pursuing success at the highest level.

“It is an honor to award these students with funds to further their education,” Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall said. “Our children are our future and here at the Dallas Mavericks we will continue to invest in enriching the lives of our youth and securing their future.”

The commitment from the Mavericks goes beyond a one-time financial investment.  Mavs College Scholarship recipients will receive on-going mentoring from Mavs staff and opportunities for Mavs summer jobs, potential internships or other work experience.

Recipients were nominated by local community partners including: Big Thought, Café Momentum, Education is Freedom, For Oak Cliff, Girls Inc., Paul Quinn College, UNT Dallas/Trio Program and Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

Congratulations to the Mavs College Scholarship recipients:

Adefolake “Monique” Akande | Tarrant County College | Nominated By: Girls, Inc.

Howard Anderson III | Texas A&M | Education is Freedom

Isaiah Williams | Dallas College El Centro | Big Thought

Martwan Darden | Dallas College El Centro | Cafe Momentum

Ungelic Leffall | UNT Dallas | TRIO Program

To read more about each scholarship winner, click here. The Mavericks will also release longer profiles on each recipient throughout the week, starting on Monday, Feb. 15.

The program is part of the Mavs Take ACTION! plan to encourage and empower Black youth.  The Dallas Mavericks launched the Mavs Take ACTION! plan back in June to address racial inequities and disparities, promote social justice and drive sustainable change in Dallas/Fort Worth. Standing strong in the belief that every voice matters and everybody belongs, the plan engages partners on more than 40 key initiatives across six systems including Education, Employment, Child Welfare, Criminal Justice, Public Policy and Healthcare. To read more about the Mavs Take ACTION! plan, visit  Stories and profiles of the Mavs College Scholarship recipients will be posted on

ABOUT THE DALLAS MAVERICKS: The Dallas Mavericks are a first-class global sports and entertainment organization providing memorable experiences for fans worldwide. The Mavs compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Western Conference and play at American Airlines Center under the direction of Coach Rick Carlisle, General Manager Donnie Nelson, CEO Cynt Marshall and Owner Mark Cuban. Since the inaugural season in 1980-81, the Mavs have won three division titles, two conference championships and one NBA championship in 2011. In addition to on-court success, the Mavs are committed to making a difference in North Texas through community programs and the Mavs Foundation. For more information on Dallas Mavericks players, staff, stats and tickets, visit

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