Philadelphia police help dozens of students pursue academic dreams

Justin Udo
June 13, 2019 - 3:59 pm
Philadelphia police help lighten the load for some students going on to college and trade schools.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police help lighten the load for some students going on to college and trade schools.

For the last ten years, Saanai Legett has participated and worked with the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia.

During that time, she's mentored and helped others in the program.

"I did the referee for the sports, for the little kids. I did homework help and computer lab," she said. 

Legett's hard work was rewarded Thursday with a $1,000 scholarship she's able to use to continue her schooling at Shippensburg University.

"It also means a lot to get this scholarship to help my mom out with financial aid, of me going to secondary school to higher my education, and further more become an orthopedic surgeon," Legett said.

Yasser Karr said he learned more than just how to play sports when he started going to PAL

"You learn how to better mold yourself into the role model that you want to inspire others to be. So PAL has definitely helped me become a man and be selfless for others," Karr said. 

Karr, now a sophomore at LaSalle University recently, received a $1,000 scholarship from PAL to help him pursue his goal of becoming a physiatrist.

"It's definitely a lot easier because a lot of times you just break even. It's just incentive to work harder. You definitely learn to be grateful for these opportunities," he said. 

PAL's Ted Qualli says the 120 plus students getting the $1,000 scholarships have all gone above and beyond what's expected out of them in the classroom and with PAL.

"This is the ultimate sign of their character, their community evolvement, and their potential. We believe in these kids and so we're so excited that they are going on to bigger and better things and that PAL has been apart of their lives," Qualli said. 

Students who receive the scholarship will get it for the next four years.