Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has announced four single parents who are receiving 2018-19 tuition scholarships from his Raise the Barr Foundation.
The recipients are all single mothers completing their post-secondary educations at Twin Cities schools:
Jamie Shultz, mother of two | University of Minnesota
Katie Her, mother of four | University of Northwestern – St. Paul
Judy Yang, mother of two | Herzing University
A'Bryna Ware, mother of one | University of Minnesota
Raise the Barr is continuing to accept applications from single parents in Minnesota and California until Nov. 15, 2018. Raise the Barr also provides emergency grants to single parents in partnership with local charities.
Applications for both opportunities are available online at RaisetheBarr.org
Barr established his foundation in 2016, his second year in the NFL, to help break the cycle of poverty for single-parent families by providing access to post-secondary education. Since that time, Raise the Barr has provided 12 scholarships in excess of $48,000 in tuition and childcare support.
Now in his fifth season with the team, Barr upped the ante a bit when he launched a fundraising campaign for his foundation.
For every tackle Barr makes this season, he will personally donate $100 toward the fund. Fans and others can pledge either a flat amount or per-tackle donation. Pledges can be made here.
Through six games this season, Barr has totaled 32 tackles (coaches' tally), 3.0 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a pass defensed.
The funds will be split between Raise the Barr and the Jeremiah Program, both of which focus on helping single mothers out of poverty and have been recipients of Barr's regular involvement.
Together, Raise the Barr and the Jeremiah Program are working to raise funds to support single-parent scholars and their children through a two-generation model by providing a five-pillar model: a career-track college education, quality early childhood education, safe and affordable housing, empowerment and life skills.