Phoenix, AZ, February 5, 2021 – ALTIS, and the ALTIS Foundation, are proud to announce the inaugural recipient of the ALTIS Foundation Scholarship Award – The Track and Field Program at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In keeping with the Foundation’s terms, the $50,000 grant will be distributed in four annual installments of $12,500, through 2023.
The ALTIS Foundation, and this specific scholarship award, were created out of our desire to promote track and field within traditionally under-served communities. After extensive discussions, we decided the fund would be best utilized within the Historically Black College and University system (HBCU) – where the additional monies could help student–athletes within a strong University infrastructure.
“Everyone at ALTIS and the ALTIS Foundation is excited to initiate this journey of support,” states ALTIS President, Kevin Tyler.
“From our years of experience with track and field athletes we know that the student-athlete experience is not uniform across the collegiate system. It is our hope that these funds will in some small way enable the hard-working staff at Johnson C. Smith University to continue their high quality of service.”Kevin Tyler
Assistant Athletic Director at JCSU, Terrence Warren, expressed gratitude on the part of the institution,
“We are truly grateful to the ALTIS Foundation for selecting JCSU Track and Field as the first recipient of the ALTIS Foundation Scholarship. Their generous award will allow us to provide services to our student-athletes and other program enhancements. As a limited resource institution, support such as this, enables us to operate and compete at a high level.”Terrence Warren
ALTIS Foundation Chair, Duncan Mathieson reiterated the Foundation’s appreciation for the JCSU program,
“Johnson C. Smith University was an obvious choice for our inaugural award. As a private HBCU they have a long history of excellence and a strong commitment to both men’s and women’s track and field and cross country. We couldn’t be more pleased with this partnership, and as a bonus, our experiences with JCSU were invaluable in helping us structure the scholarship fund for future years to come.”Duncan Mathieson
ALTIS committed 100% of revenue from the Thorne Virtual Apprentice Coach Program in June of 2020 to the ALTIS Foundation and this specific scholarship. Through the registration fees and generous donations of ALTIS community members, the initiative raised $120,000. It is the goal of the ALTIS Foundation to add one four-year recipient to the program every year.
In the coming weeks the ALTIS Foundation will be announcing criteria for the 2021 award, so stay tuned to our social media channels for more information.
For further information on the ALTIS Foundation, please contact Kevin Tyler at: