John R. Wooden Scholarship
John R. Wooden was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” as head coach at UCLA, he won ten NCAA national championships in a twelve year period, including seven in a row. During Wooden’s reign at UCLA, his teams won a record eighty-eight88 consecutive games and he was a six-time NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year. Wooden was the first to be named an All-American basketball player three times and won a Helms Athletic Foundation National Championship (1932). Wooden was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (1961) and as a coach (1973), the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Wooden was renowned for his inspirational messages, including his "Pyramid of Success” that focused on how to be a successful in life as well as basketball. The John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund provides support to students who have demonstrated a commitment to community involvement and for whom higher education might not be possible without financial assistance.