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Howard University and Netflix create $5.4 million scholarship honoring Chadwick Boseman  


Howard University and Netflix announce creation of $5.4 million scholarship honoring late alumnus Chadwick Boseman


Howard University and Netflix are honoring late alumnus Chadwick Boseman with a $5.4 million scholarship benefiting incoming students of the historically Black university.

The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship will provide a four-year scholarship covering the entire cost of tuition to students attending the College Of Fine Arts, according to a press release.  

The scholarship will first be distributed to a student from each class in the Fall of 2021, before being granted to incoming freshmen every year. 

In memory: Howard University and Netflix are honoring the late Chadwick Boseman with a $5.4 million scholarship benefiting incoming students of the historically Black university

‘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 continue to inspire,’ the president of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, said in a release.

‘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 scholarship was created with the support of Chadwick’s wife, Simone Ledward-Boseman, in addition to a sponsorship from their very first donor, Netflix.

‘Many exemplary artists are not afforded the opportunity to pursue higher learning. We hope to support as many students as possible by removing the financial barrioer to education. This endowment represents Chad’s devotion to the craft, his compassion for others and his desire to support future storytellers,’ Simone said.

Tragic: Boseman was just 43-years-old when he passed following a private battle with colon cancer; pictured 2019

Tragic: Boseman was just 43-years-old when he passed following a private battle with colon cancer; pictured 2019

‘My deepest thanks to Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and our family at Netflix for their generous investment into the education of all present and future Boseman Scholars, and to President Wayne Frederick, Dean Phylicia Rashad and Mr. David Bennett for their partnership and continued commitment to Chad’s legacy at Howard. 

‘I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and amazed at the love and dedication shown by so many continuing to honor my husband’s work. I know he’d be proud.’

The news comes several months after the university had announced plans to re-name their newly re-established College Of Fine Arts after the actor.

Giving back: Boseman, a 2000 graduate of Howard University, returned in 2018 to deliver the graduation speech

Giving back: Boseman, a 2000 graduate of Howard University, returned in 2018 to deliver the graduation speech 

Heartfelt: In his inspiring speech, the Black Panther actor attributed parts of his success to the university saying 'anything can happen here', while offering personal examples of hardships throughout his career

Heartfelt: In his inspiring speech, the Black Panther actor attributed parts of his success to the university saying ‘anything can happen here’, while offering personal examples of hardships throughout his career

Boseman received a Bachelor in Fine Arts in directing from the Washington DC university in 2000, and in 2018 returned to give a graduation speech.

In his inspiring speech, Boseman attributed parts of his success to the university saying ‘anything can happen here’, while offering personal examples of hardships throughout his career. 

‘Many of you will leave Howard and enter systems and institutions that have a history of discrimination and marginalization,’ he said. ‘You can use your education to improve the world that you are entering.’ 

Boseman was just 43-years-old when he died in 2020 following a private, four-year battle with colon cancer. 

'I know he'd be proud': The scholarship was created with the support of the actor's wife, Simone Ledward-Boseman; pictured 2019

‘I know he’d be proud’: The scholarship was created with the support of the actor’s wife, Simone Ledward-Boseman; pictured 2019

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