The Jesse Owens Foundation seeks to perpetuate the spirit and beliefs of Jesse Owens through its support of The Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars Program at The Ohio State University as well as through serving as a resource for information on the life and legend of Jesse Owens.It is particularly interested in helping individuals with the ambition, dedication and courage to achieve success against significant personal odds.
PURPOSE The Jesse Owens Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the development of youth to their fullest potential.
BACKGROUND Established in 1980 by friends and family after the untimely death of Jesse Owens, the foundation perpetuates the ideals and life's work of this Olympic champion and humanitarian.
ACTIVITIES The Jesse Owens Foundation provides information, materials, and direction for research on the life and legend of Jesse Owens. In addition, the Foundation established The Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars Program at The Ohio State University to provide services to graduating high school senors with untapped potential to develop their talents, broaden their horizons, and become better citizens.
POLICIES The Jesse Owens Foundation provides its services on a competitive basis without regard for race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.
MANAGEMENT The work of the Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors with oversight provided by a Managing Director.
FUNDING The Foundation is supported by special events and contributions from the community-at-large.
SCOPE Since 1983, the Foundation has provided more than 350 young people, throughout the country, with support for their college education. Effective 01/01/03, The Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars Program at The Ohio State University will continue to extend scholarship support to young people throughout the nation to attend The Ohio State University.
TAX STATUS The Jesse Owens Foundation is exempt from federal and state income taxation under section 501(c) (3).
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