“Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman will proceed to be a hero even after his dying — particularly for potential college students of Howard University.
Netflix has partnered along with his alma mater to determine a $5.4 million scholarship within the late actor’s title.
“It is with immense pleasure and deep gratitude that we announce the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of alumnus Chadwick Boseman, whose life and contributions to the arts continue to inspire,” mentioned Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University, in a press release on Monday. “This scholarship embodies Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling and his willingness to support future generations of Howard students. I am thankful for the continuous support and partnership of Chadwick’s wife, Mrs. Simone Ledward-Boseman, and to Netflix for this important gift.”
The announcement comes simply months after the traditionally black college in Washington, DC, renamed its College of Fine Arts after the 43-year-old actor, who tragically died after a secret battle with colon cancer in August 2020.
The scholarship, in accordance with the press launch, will present one freshman scholar per incoming class with a four-year scholarship to cover the total price of college tuition. It will concentrate on college students who exemplify distinctive abilities within the arts who reveal monetary want, with explicit emphasis positioned on those that replicate Boseman’s values: a drive for excellence, management, respect, empathy and keenness, in accordance with the relase.
The first scholarships shall be awarded this fall with inaugural recipients together with Sarah Long, a freshman in musical theater; Shawn Smith, a sophomore learning appearing; Janee Ferguson, a junior in theater arts administration; and senior Deirdre Dunkin, who research dance.
Boseman himself graduated from Howard University in 2000 with a bachelor of positive arts in directing. Following his “Black Panther” success, the actor returned to the college in 2018 to deliver a commencement address.
“Whatever you choose for a career path, remember, the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose,” he mentioned in a shifting speech. “When I dared to problem the system that might relegate us to victims and stereotypes with no clear historic backgrounds, no hopes or abilities, after I questioned that methodology of portrayal, a distinct path opened up for me, the trail to my future.
“I don’t know what your future is, but if you are willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes, the one that has ultimately proven to have more meaning, more victory, more glory then you will not regret it,” he continued.
Despite his shocking 2021 Oscars loss for his last onscreen appearance within the Netflix movie “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the streaming platform nonetheless considers Boseman to be a treasured member of their household, because it proudly serves because the inaugural donor for the Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship.
“He always spoke of his time at Howard and the positive way it shaped his life and career,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO and chief content material officer, said within the press launch. “Now, we will have the opportunity to give many future superheroes a chance to experience the same. We are grateful to Simone and Chadwick’s whole family and our partners at Howard University for making this possible.”
Other notable alumni of Howard University embrace Vice President Kamala Harris, Tony Award-winner, Phylicia Rashad, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, amongst others.