Nas, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Hennessy (who Nas endorses) have partnered up to help students attend graduate school at an HBCU. The collective will be giving out scholarships of up to $20,000 for each academic year, awarded to those performing graduate work at an accredited HBCU.
According to Atlanta Black Star, the initiative is called “Hennessy Fellows,” and the cognac company has pledged to give $10 million over the next 10 years to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to help students pay for their corporate-relevant grad courses, according to the TMCF website.
The selected students will also be given a $10,000 yearly stipend for additional expenses related to their studies and will be provided with corporate training and development, as well as one-on-one executive coaching, access to online training forums and professional networking.
Nas said in a press release, “Hennessy’s mantra is all about pushing the limits of one’s potential and breaking down barriers. ‘Never stop. Never settle’ is more than a slogan. It is the creative engine driving our partnership and the motivational compass directing me to push for new limits every day, in the studio, on the stage and in business.” He continued, “Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s mission of ‘changing the world one leader at a time’ is right in line with pushing those same boundaries.”
Applications for the program are open until December 31, 2019. The recipients will be announced in 2020, and the scholarship money will be given before the upcoming fall semester. Applicants must attend an accredited HBCU or be enrolled in a Predominantly Black Institution graduate program to qualify.