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Deshaun Watson launches scholarship opportunity for Gainesville High seniors through North Georgia Community Foundation
Deshaun Watson
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson scans the field before throwing during a game against the Tennessee Titans on Jan. 3 in Houston. Photo by Mark Pittman Associated Press

Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is using his platform to create a new scholarship fund through the North Georgia Community Foundation. The quarterback for the Houston Texans, who threw for a NFL league-best 4,823 yards in 2020, is funding two college scholarships worth $2,500 each year for Gainesville High seniors. 

Education is a major priority of the Deshaun Watson Foundation. These scholarships focus on providing important educational opportunities for students from Gainesville High.

To qualify, candidates must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

The deadline to apply is March 1. Consideration will also be based on extracurricular activities and volunteering efforts.

“We appreciate the trust that Deshaun Watson has instilled in NGCF by establishing this generous scholarship fund. As an endowed scholarship, it will “exist forever.” said Michelle Prater, President & CEO of NGCF in a prepared statement. “This is a great example of what our organization does every day. We help people with a passion for giving, develop a tangible plan for how their legacy will be lived out.” 

For more information, go online to the organization’s website at

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