Netflix awards $29 million scholarship from Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman addresses a Harvard graduate in 2018. Photo: Getty Images.

  • The “Black Panther” star graduated from Howard University

  • Preference will be given to students with financial difficulties

  • The scholarship will cover all costs for four years

Netflix has decided to honor the late Chadwick Boseman, the star of Black Panther, posthumously. On behalf of the artist, the company will award a scholarship to Howard University in the amount of US$4.5 million (approximately R$29 million). Bosman himself completed his undergraduate degree in 2000.

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The announcement came after the institute renamed the College of Art in honor of the actor who passed away in August 2020 at the age of 43 after a silent battle with colon cancer. “This scholarship represents Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling, and his desire to support future generations of students,” University President Wayne Frederick said in a statement yesterday (4).

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According to the statement, the scholarship will cover all the costs of the new student each academic year. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate excellence in the arts, especially those facing financial hardship. Values ​​associated with the Bossman personality, such as leadership, respect and empathy, will also be relevant, according to the organization.

In 2018, Bosman joined the university to give his graduation speech. During the event, the actor said, “When I dared to defy the system that held us responsible for victims and stereotypes, (…) it opened up a different path for me.”

Information from the New York Post.

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