MC Lyte is certainly not light on the generosity when it comes to helping students succeed academically. This weekend, the rap icon and founder and CEO of Hip Hop Sisters, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, announced the creation of a scholarship for a high school senior who wants to pursue a bachelor’s degree in multicultural hip-hop studies at UW.
According to a statement from the university reported by The Badger Herald:
“The $100,000 First Wave MC Lyte Scholarship is designed to bring talented students to campus and give them the tools to turn their passion into a profession.”
According to The Jasmine Brand, the scholarship is the only one of its kind in the country and is particularly near and dear to MC Lyte’s heart. She explained her motivation behind the creation of the fund saying:
“For years I’ve dreamed of having the ability to help our community and now finally the day has arrived. HHSF is about changing lives and truly encouraging several generations that have been and are influenced by hip-hop culture. It is my life’s mission to see those who believe, actually see their dreams come to fruition. Helping the younger generation see their strengths and potential is what my goals are for this foundation. This scholarship partnership with UW-Madison is just the beginning for what HHSF has in store.”
The submission window for the scholarship is pretty small. The committee starting taking apps September 1 and the deadline set in place is October 1. OMAI Education Coordinator Alexis Anderson-Reed told the Badger the scholarship committee is looking for applicants who embody the mission of the program, noting that First Wave focuses on the three As: arts, academics, and activism. As if the thought of receiving $100,000 to pursue your dream isn’t enough of a motivator to get high school senior’s cracking, the scholarship recipient will also be announced during the 2012 Soul Train Awards. What more could you ask for?
Shout out to MC Lyte for such an awesome opportunity!
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