THE I PROMISE
In 2015, LeBron announced that all of his students would have the opportunity to earn four-year college scholarships to The University of Akron. But he doesn't just want them to get to college, he wants them to graduate from college. In order to help facilitate a smooth and successful transition, the I PROMISE Institute was created on the University's campus as an around-the-clock resource for all attending I PROMISE School students. But the programming won't simply start when they arrive on campus in 2021. It begins now as the Foundation proactively prepares its students for life and comfort on a college campus.
As part of the Foundation’s partnership with The University of Akron, the school’s LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education provides hands-on learning opportunities and on-site mentorship at the I PROMISE School through an innovative mentorship course that sees UA students engaging directly with their IPS mentees. The LJFF College of Education also extends in-school experiences to all I PROMISE students throughout Akron Public Schools.
THE LEBRON JAMES FAMILY FOUNDATION
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Brian o. hemphill, ph.d
President, Radford University
Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., Radford University’s seventh president and member of the LeBron James Family Foundation Bureau.
Brandi hephner labanc
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life, University of Massachusetts
Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and member of the LeBron James Family Foundation Bureau.
scott scarborough, ph.d
Professor, The University of Akron
Scott Scarborough, President and CEO of Scarborough CPA, University of Akron professor and member of the LeBron James Family Foundation Bureau.
eboni j. pringle, PH.D
Dean, University College, Kent State University
Eboni J. Pringle, Dean of University College at Kent State University and member of the LeBron James Family Foundation Bureau.
jarrod tudor, PH.D
Interim Dean, College of Education, The University of Akron
Jarrod Tudor, PH.D is the Interim Dean of the College of Education at The University of Akron, and member of the LeBron James Family Foundation Bureau.
melody tankersley, PH.D
Senior Associate Provost and Graduate Studies Dean, Kent State University
Melody Tankersley, PH.D is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Senior Associate Provost at Kent State University as well as a member of the LeBron James Family Foundation Bureau.
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I PROMISE Institute location
The I PROMISE Institute is located on the 3rd floor of Infocision Stadium in Room 329 on the University of Akron campus. For Foundation events, please park in Lot 9 located on E. Exchange St. and enter through the doors closest to and across from the track.