Late actor Chadwick Boseman’s legacy at Howard University and his prospective impact on future generations continues to grow larger. The streaming platform Netflix has decided to partner with the university to establish a $5.4 million scholarship in the late actor’s name. The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship will provide incoming students in the newly reestablished College of Fine Arts with a four-year scholarship to cover the full cost of university tuition.
According to Variety, Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D. said, “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 continues to inspire. 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 first scholarships will be awarded this fall to one recipient in each class, and will subsequently be distributed to an incoming freshman on an annual basis.The scholarship will focus on students who exemplify exceptional skills in the arts and who demonstrate financial need, with preference given to students in the dramatic arts who exemplify Boseman’s values, specifically demonstrating a drive for excellence, leadership, respect, empathy and passion.
The inaugural classes of awardees are Sarah Long, a freshman in musical theatre; Shawn Smith, a sophomore studying acting; Janee Ferguson, a junior in theatre arts administration; and senior Deirdre Dunkin who studies dance.
Boseman earned an Academy Award nomination for best actor and won the Golden Globe, NAACP Image and Screen Actors Guild Awards, among numerous other critics’ group honors.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer, stated, “It is with enormous pride that we announce our endowment of the Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship. While he was taken from us too soon, his spirit is with us always in his work and the good that he has inspired.”
“He always spoke of his time at Howard and the positive way it shaped his life and career,” Sarandos continued. “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.”
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