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Kevin Warren Establishes “No Doors Closed” Scholarships

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The Vikings’ COO wants to give young people an opportunity

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Hat tip to The Viking Age, who had this story before we did.

Kevin Warren, the Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings, has taken a step towards giving back to the community once again. Last week, he honored four local students with what he’s calling the “No Doors Closed” scholarship, giving them the opportunity to be the first members of their families to attend college.

The scholarships are worth $5,000 a year, and are renewable for up to four years, making them potentially worth $20,000 to each student. Warren also said that he and his wife will be adding four more students to the program in each of the next three years, bringing the total number of students helped by the scholarship to 16.

“I strongly believe that, more than money, education is the most important thing,” Kevin added. “These students are so very talented that all of them will go a long way to get multiple degrees and do great things in society.”

Warren and his wife, Greta, have done a lot for students in the community during the time that Kevin has been the Vikings’ COO. In 2012, they “adopted” the Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis back, and since then they have supplied more than 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as volunteered to mentor students at the school.

Warren, the only African-American COO in the National Football League, was honored back in January with a Pioneer Award.

It’s great to see someone like Kevin Warren giving back to the community in such a way. The Vikings, and the Twin Cities community, are pretty lucky to have him around, in my opinion.