Isaac Bruce made a surprise visit to Metro Academic & Classical High School

On Friday, May 29, Isaac Bruce made a surprise visit to Metro Academic & Classical High School in St. Louis. After being introduced to the student body by the principal, Isaac spoke to the students for a few minutes about the importance of education, respect, and setting goals. He then told them the "real reason" he had come to their school for the visit.

"I am here today to present the second annual Isaac Bruce Foundation Scholarship," Bruce said. "The winner of this scholarship attends this school and is in this room. Would Tiffany Jerrod make her way up here?"

As the college hopeful made her way to the stage, Bruce presented her with the 2009 Isaac Bruce Foundation Scholarship St. Louis in the amount of $5,000. Jerrod expressed that she had plans to attend University of Missouri in the fall.

Tiffany Jerrod was selected from a competitive applicant pool of applications from St. Louis Public Schools. In addition to the St. Louis scholarship, Bruce started scholarship programs in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale and the college in which he earned his degree, the University of Memphis. The Fort Lauderdale scholarship is targeted at graduating seniors that attend Dillard High School, his former high school. The winner of that scholarship for 2009 is Danielle Lyons who will be attending the University of Florida. The University of Memphis scholarship winner for 2009 is Christopher Porter who plays soccer at Memphis and just completed his freshman year.

In order to apply for the scholarships, students must be college bound high school senior and must have minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The application included a typewritten personal essay (500 words or less) on "How the Isaac Bruce Foundation Scholarship Will Assist Me in Fulfilling My College Goals", student biography, academic record of achievement, personal recommendation from two sources, and proof of acceptance and enrollment at an accredited college or vocational school.

As a senior at Dillard High School in Florida, Isaac Bruce was active in his community and school. His grades were not high enough to qualify for most scholarships but he knew he wanted to further his education. He attended West Los Angeles College and Santa Monica College before transferring to Memphis State in 1992 on a football scholarship and went on to have a successful career.

Isaac epitomizes greatness both on and off the field. Off the field, Isaac is one of the classiest and most giving athletes in the NFL. Isaac truly makes a difference in people's lives through his work with local schools and by donating his time and money to various charitable causes. He launched the Isaac Bruce Foundation in 2006 which focuses on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and education. Through his foundation, Isaac reaches out to youth and teaches them at an early age the importance of a healthy lifestyle. It is Isaac's hope that these scholarships will afford graduates the opportunity to further their post-secondary education.

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For more information, contact: Tiffani Wilson Burris, Isaac Bruce Foundation, 314-369-4074