Kevin Hart teamed up with the United Negro College Fund and KIPP Public schools, a nationwide network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in underserved communities, to provide $600,000 in scholarships to 18 qualifying students attending historically black colleges and universities. On Monday, the comedian surprised the recipients at an event in Los Angeles.
KIPP and the Philadelphia native’s Help From The Hart Charity each donated $300,000 toward the scholarship fund. The students are attending 11 colleges including Tuskegee University, Xavier University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. The young scholars are from eight different cities, and Hart was proud to mention eight of them hail from his hometown.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Night School star said, “Education and knowledge are powerful. I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs. This is just the beginning: trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”
Hart donated $100,000 to the fund in 2015. He becomes the latest celebrity including Beyoncé to help students attend HBCUs through a scholarship program.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and his wife, Dr. Rainbow Barris, recently showed the masses just how important it is to never forget where you came from, as the pair just donated $1 million to their alma mater, Clark Atlanta University.
The Kenya and Rainbow Barris Annual Scholarship Award kicks off the universities year-long 30th anniversary celebration and will be divided among students studying mass media arts and biology, according to a statement from the institution.
“Mr. Barris has lifted his powerful voice in the entertainment industry to explore issues of classism and racism in creative and humorous ways,” said Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta University. “In giving back to their alma mater, he has again used his powerful voice to articulate the importance of supporting this beloved institution that is giving our students the skills and confidence to find and lift their own voices in the field of their choice.”
Kenya and Rainbow Barris both graduated from CAU in 1996 with degrees in mass media arts and biology respectively. Mr. Barris also recently spoke during the HBCU’s commencement ceremony.