Sean “Diddy” Combs continued his dedication to Black education by awarding Howard University with funds for a business scholarship.
The hip-hop mogul announced in a statement Sept. 22 that he awarded the historically Black university with a $1 million donation.
“I was blessed to receive a great education from Howard University – one of the best schools in the world,” he said in a statement. “This scholarship will make it possible for the next generation of leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness.”
According to WUSA9, Combs presented a check to Howard’s President Dr. Wayne Frederick at the sold-out Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The rapper gave the grant during his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour stop last night.
“One of the biggest blessings is getting the chance to one day be able to give back,” Combs said of the first donation to The Sean Combs Scholarship Fund. “And to support the people that supported you.”
— Ericka Pittman (@ErickaMPittman) September 23, 2016
Combs entered Howard University in 1990 before dropping out to pursue a music career. He returned in 2014 to receive an honorary doctorate degree in humanities.
“But that doesn’t tell the whole story,” he said of his honor. “Because the only reason why I was able to chase my dreams was the empowerment that Howard gave me, the support that they gave me, the first two years.”
Starting in fall 2017, undergraduate students majoring in business can apply to The Sean Combs Scholarship Fund. Applicants require a 3.0 GPA and must demonstrate financial need.
Not only do students receive fiscal support, but they will also get a mentor from Combs Enterprises and intern with Bad Boy Entertainment or Revolt Media & TV over the summer.
Meanwhile, social media praised the donation.
Success Guess lauded the move as “inspiration.”
Diddy donated $1million to Howard.. That's love.. That's inspiration..
— Success Guess (@GuessIsSuccess) September 23, 2016
Oouchie DaBoss thought an HBCU gift was long overdue.
Bout damn time someone donate to a HBCU. P Diddy donated 1 mil to Howard University. This what I like to hear.
— Oouchie DaBoss (@oouchiedaboss) September 23, 2016