A new scholarship opportunity will be presented to a Hampton University student thanks to Mary J. Blige.
Offered in partnership with PepsiCo, the deadline to apply for the scholarship is Oct. 16, 2023, and the reward amounts to $30,000 for the recipient.
To be eligible, applicants must also plan to enroll full-time in the academic year 2024-2025, have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be pursuing a degree in business administration, marketing, arts, finance, or creative design.
Hampton University shared in a post on Instagram:
“Calling all Hampton University Sophomore women! Mary J. Bilge has established a scholarship just for you! PepsiCo, Inc. has selected Hampton University for a scholarship program to assist current college sophomores who self identify as female, and are planning to enroll at Hampton University 2024-2025 academic year.”
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A statement from the scholarship page reads:
“PepsiCo., Inc has established a scholarship program to assist current college sophomores at Hampton University, who self-identify as female, and are planning to enroll at Hampton University 2024 – 2025 academic year. The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals.”
The winner will be announced in December 2023.
The news follows a donation of $200,000 from PepsiCo in May 2023 toward the Strength of a Woman Scholarship as well as to local organizations that aligned with the Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit, as previously reported by AFROTECH.
“To have Pepsi show up and show out in the way they do is overwhelming,” Blige said in a press release. “With their support for the Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit, we are able to pay it forward in so many impactful ways and to be able to grant an HBCU scholarship for a deserving student is nothing short of incredible.”