Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Foundation announces $1 million in HBCU scholarships

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Travis Scott is giving out $1 million worth of scholarships to students graduating from HBCUs in 2022. 

By way of his Cactus Jack Foundation — an organization launched by the rapper in 2020 to provide Houston youth with educational and creative resources to ensure long-term success — Scott will provide 100 Black students across 38 colleges and universities with $10,000 each.

“Excellence abounds in every Black household, but too often opportunity does not — and Black students are left behind or counted out,” Scott said in a release, as shared by Complex. “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.”

The fund is named after Scott’s grandfather Waymon Webster, who served as dean of the Prairie View A&M graduate school in Texas, for his dedication to Black excellence.

“My grandfather wanted me to take it all the way through college,” says a note by Scott on the foundation’s homepage. “I feel there is a power in education so to be able to give someone the opportunity to fulfill that dream as my papa thought for me is amazing.” 

Students eligible for the scholarship must be a graduating senior with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher who is in need of financial assistance.

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