Friday, August 12, 2022

Travis Scott Donates $1M in Scholarships to HBCU Graduates

Travis Scott
HOUSTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 05: Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)

*Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Foundation and the Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund have announced $1 million in scholarships for 100 students graduating from HBCUs this year. 

Per TMZ:

The soon-to-be grads are each getting a $10,000 scholarship from Travis’ previously-established Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund … and the recipients finished their final semester with at least a 3.5 GPA. Among the scholars … Florida A&M University pharmacy major Nisha Encarnacion, who is from the U.S. Virgin Islands and paid her own way through college while supporting her mother and daughter, Fisk University computer science major Chisom Okwor, whose goal is to help transform developing countries in Africa, and North Carolina Central University broadcast journalism major Jordan Massey, who took on a ton of debt to get his communications degree.

This is Scott’s second year offering the award, which will be distributed to students at 38 different schools. 

READ MORE: Travis Scott Sued by Woman Claiming Miscarriage After Trampling At Astroworld Festival

Travis Scott
Travis Scott

“Excellence abounds in every Black household, but too often opportunity does not – and Black students are left behind or counted out,” Scott said in a release. “So that’s what my family and I set out to change. We congratulate all 100 scholarship recipients this year. I know we will see great things from them—and we are already looking forward to increasing our work next year.” 

Per Complex, Project manager Jordan Webster—sister of Scott—recently graduated from Howard University and praised her brother’s contribution in a statement.

“I know personally how deeply important my grandfather’s academic legacy at HBCUs is to my entire family—to Travis, as well as my twin brother Josh who is at Prairie View A&M University—and now, to 100 people that Travis has been able to help out at a tough time,” she shared in the same release. “It means the world to me to be able to work with my brother as he creates hope and makes a real difference for our peers and their families.” 

The scholarships are going to students at Prairie View A&M University—Travis’ alma mater—Alabama A&M University, Central State University, Florida A&M, Jackson State, Morehouse College, Texas Southern, and more. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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