ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues and Cardinal Ritter College Prep (CRCP) announced today a new scholarship program.
Geared toward CRCP seniors, the collaboration aims to encourage diversity, inclusion and awareness in the sports and entertainment industry. The program will award two students - selected by CRCP - a season-long paid internship in the Blues front office and cover their remaining tuition.
This year's scholarship recipients are Gabrielle James and Jalen Prince.
"I am especially excited about the new partnership between Cardinal Ritter College Prep and the St. Louis Blues because it will provide much needed opportunities for African-American students," said President of Cardinal Ritter College Prep Tamiko Armstread. "Gabby and Jalen are already excelling in their internships and gaining valuable insights into the workings of all aspects of the Blues organization. Overall, this program will offer all of the recipients invaluable real-world professional experience as well as increase the exposure and interest in hockey among our students."
"This initiative is an important step in our continued efforts to make our sport welcoming to everyone," said Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman. "Our partnership with Cardinal Ritter College Prep puts an emphasis on the business side which aligns strongly with the progress we have made growing the game on the ice."
The students selected for the program will support initiatives across a wide spectrum of Blues business platforms, although their main objective will be to plan and execute special Hockey is for Everyone and Cardinal Ritter College Prep Nights during the Blues home series against the Minnesota Wild on April 9 and 11.
All proceeds raised from those nights will go back to CRCP and will be used to support future student scholarships.