Paying it forward is something that WWE is no stranger to. Whether it is their widely publicized relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation or their yearly Tribute to the Troops shows, WWE knows how to give back in a big way.
WWE is quickly approaching the three-year anniversary of their partnership with Full Sail University. For those unaware, Full Sail is the site where WWE’s wildly popular NXT television show is taped for distribution on the WWE Network and Hulu. The university, which is located in Winter Park, Florida (just outside of Orlando), is a perfect location for WWE to regularly tape NXT at, given the fact that the college is widely praised for their entertainment-related degree programs. Taping NXT at Full Sail has allowed WWE to give students of the university hands-on opportunities in working with one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world.
In order to give back to the university that has allowed WWE to become a regular fixture on campus, the company has announced that they are awarding three more $10,000 scholarships to students of Full Sail University. Triple H (Paul Levesque) announced the news Saturday via his Twitter feed.
As mentioned by Triple H in the tweet above, WWE has now awarded an astounding $140,000 in scholarships to Full Sail University students in less than three years time.
The popularity of the NXT product, which has lead to continual sell-outs in the Full Sail Live venue since NXT began taping there in 2012, has directly led to more money flowing into WWE’s Full Sail scholarships account. According to an article from the Full Sail University website, WWE donates ticket revenue from their NXT shows towards the scholarship program.
When WWE began taping NXT at Full Sail University in 2012, the developmental product was undergoing a rebranding. The territory had previously been known as Florida Championship Wrestling, but the territory was renamed NXT in the summer of 2012. At this time, NXT aired exclusively on the internet and Hulu. That would all change in 2014 when WWE launched the WWE Network, bringing NXT into the forefront of their original programming line-up.
WWE also opened the WWE Performance Center in Orlando in the summer of 2013, allowing NXT talent a chance to train full-time in the same metropolitan area where NXT is taped, no travel necessary.
WWE’s relationship with Full Sail University has changed the way that WWE grooms the superstars of tomorrow. With their generous donations to the students of the university, WWE is helping to ensure that they leave a positive impact on the Orlando community that reaches far beyond the boundaries of the squared circle.
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