Travis Scott’s commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continues. The global superstar’s Cactus Jack Foundation is ensuring that 100 college students are able to walk across the stage this year with a $1 million donation.
The scholarship is named in honor of Scott’s grandfather, an HBCU alum and educator at Prairie View A&M University, located in the entertainer’s home state of Texas. The Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund has provided $10,000 in scholarships to seniors facing hardship despite achieving academic excellence. What’s more, it is the second year that Scott has launched an initiative in support of HBCUs.
“Excellence abounds in every Black household, but too often opportunity does not – and Black students are left behind or counted out,” said Scott in an official press 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.”
Although Scott took his talents to the world of entertainment, he is no stranger to the excellence that stems from an HBCU education. Along with his grandfather, his parents attended HBCUs.
Recently, his sister graduated from Howard University, located in the nation’s capital. She helped to spearhead this year’s scholarship fund which was distributed to graduating seniors across 38 HBCUs.
“Last week, I received my own diploma from Howard University. 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,” said Scott’s sister and Project Manager for the Cactus Jack Foundation’s Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund, Jordan Webster. “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.”
Graduating seniors who were able to reap the benefits of the Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund include students from Alabama A&M University, Central State University, Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, Texas Southern University, Grambling State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Prairie View A&M University
“In a warm and tremendously thoughtful gesture, Mr. Scott has made a lifelong impact on the 100 Waymon Webster Scholarship recipients,” said HBCU Foundation Executive Director, Daniel Moss. “To have now eased, even slightly, the financial burden on these deserving HBCU graduates, Mr. Scott has set into motion a kind of investment that will pay infinite dividends into our communities for decades to come.”
Standout recipients include Florida A&M University graduate, Nisha Encarnacion, who received a degree in pharmacy; Chisom Okwor, who is a computer science graduate from Fisk University with a passion for tech; and Jordan Massey, who is a Mass Communications graduate from North Carolina Central University.