Netflix, Howard University Announce Chadwick Boseman Scholarship

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Netflix and Howard University have joined together to offer a $5.4 million scholarship to pay homage to the life and legacy of actor Chadwick Boseman.

On Monday, several outlets reported the historically Black university and streaming service had established The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship, which will cover four years of tuition at Howard's College of Fine Arts. Notably, the College of Fine Arts was renamed the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts earlier this year in honor of the actor who was a former student there, having graduated with a BFA in 2000.

A revered actor, beloved father, and husband, Boseman succumbed to a several-years-long battle with colon cancer in August 2020.

Of the scholarship in his name, one will be awarded to each class year this semester; one incoming freshman will receive the scholarship annually.

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University, told CNN in a statement that the “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."

Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos also told the outlet in a statement: "While [Boseman] was taken from us too soon, his spirit is with us always in his work and the good that he has inspired. He always spoke of his time at Howard and the positive way it shaped his life and career. Now, we will have the opportunity to give many future superheroes a chance to experience the same. We are grateful to Simone and Chadwick's whole family and our partners at Howard University for making this possible."

Eligibility and consideration for the scholarship will hone in on “those who exemplify the late actor’s values,” says The Hollywood Reporter, which broke down those values as a drive for excellence, leadership, respect, empathy, and passion.

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