Peyton Manning's foundation has created endowed scholarships at six Historically Black College and Universities.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that the Peyback Foundation has instituted the scholarships at Grambling State, Southern and Tennessee State, along with three schools not known for athletics: Fisk University in Tennessee, and Dillard and Xavier universities, both in Louisiana.
The PeyBack Foundation -- which Manning oversees with his wife, Ashley -- makes awards to assist disadvantaged groups of children. Many of the foundation's contributions are made in Louisiana, where Manning grew up; Tennessee, where he played collegiately; and in Indiana and Colorado, where he won Super Bowls with the Colts and Broncos.
ESPN said the foundation made the donations anonymously, but Manning's connection came out when former NFL quarterback Doug Williams pushed to find out who endowed a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, Grambling State.
"Ha, you know I have my connections at Grambling. I made a phone call and found out it was Peyton Manning's foundation and it was endowing a half-dozen scholarships at Historically Black Colleges and Universities," said Williams, now a senior executive with the Washington Football Team, per ESPN. "Peyton is a Louisiana boy. I know he's given to a lot of wonderful causes without publicity but this was a most pleasant surprise for me."
The scholarship at Southern, in Baton Rouge, La., bears the name of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Harold Carmichael, and at Tennessee State, it's endowed in memory of Wilma Rudolph, an alum and three-time gold medalist in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
Manning declined to comment to ESPN but issued a statement that read:
"The PeyBack Foundation is honored to partner with these six colleges to honor distinguished Alumni and staff members, and to help college students at these schools now and many years to come. Really, for perpetuity."
--Field Level Media