Demonstrating the value he places on higher education, former USC running back Reggie Bush has apparently failed to make good on two scholarships he supposedly awarded in 2007 to a pair of students from his high school alma mater.
Bush graduated from Helix High School in 2003 and had a Heisman Trophy-winning career at the University of Southern California. After college, he was drafted by the Saints in 2006 and signed a $26 million guaranteed contract.
However, two local families are wondering what happened with the money that was supposed to go to a scholarship Bush lent his name to.
In March 2007, Helix High School seniors Brandon Fountain and Matt Cobb were presented a $10,000 scholarship from Bush to use for college.
"I think it's always been in my heart, just a desire to be able to come back and give back to the high school I grew up in," Bush said in 2007.Fountain said,
"I was real excited to meet Reggie Bush."
Fountain attends Cuyamaca College, and Cobb entered San Diego State University. Each received a $2,500 installment on their scholarships in their freshman year. Both ran into problems the following year when trying to contact the scholarship's trustee, Jerry Michaels.
"Mr. Michaels never responded. A couple of weeks later, he (Brandon) sent a second e-mail and still no response," said Fountain's father, Bruce.It was the same story for Cobb, and after weeks of wondering they received an answer they were not expecting.
"That's when we were told he was out of funds and due to the economy he didn't have the money," said Cobb.
The disappointing affair reminded me of an episode of NBC's The Office, the one where Michael Scott reneges on a promise to pay for the high school education of some kids he met while they were in elementary school. The difference is, Scott runs a fictional office in a fictional paper company, has no fictional money and his failure was played for laughs. Reggie Bush, on the other hand, earns plenty of money and the kids he let down are not fictional.
This actually went up on BN yesterday, but I missed it the first time. So HT to jthirtyfour for posting it first!