Howard University And Netflix has announced a $5.4 million scholarship to honor actor, director, writer and producer, alumnus Chadwick A. Boseman. Chadwick A. The Boseman Memorial Scholarship will provide a four-year scholarship to cover the full cost of university tuition to students attending the College of Fine Arts. Back in September, Howard officially renamed its College of Fine Arts Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Oscar nominated supporting actor.
“It is with great pleasure and deep gratitude that we announce the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of alumni, Chadwick Boseman, whose life and contributions to the arts continue to inspire,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick, MD, “This scholarship is in recognition of Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling, and to support future generations of Howard students.” It is a symbol of their will. I am grateful to Chadwick’s wife, Mrs. Simone Ledward Boseman, and Netflix for their continued support and partnership for this important gift.
Chadwick A. The Boseman Memorial Scholarship was created with the support of Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward-Boseman, and sponsorship from inaugural donor Netflix. The first scholarship will be awarded to one recipient in each class starting this Fall 2021. It will focus on students who exemplify exceptional skills in the arts black Panther Actors, and those who demonstrate financial need. The first year will begin with the awarding of four prizes representing one member of each category and will continue to be distributed on an annual basis to the freshman who arrives each year.
“While many exemplary artists are not given the opportunity to pursue higher education, we hope to support as many students as possible by removing the financial barrier to education. This endowment reflects Chad’s dedication to the craft, his dedication to others. represents compassion and their willingness to support future storytellers,” said Ledward-Boseman. “Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and our family and president at Netflix for their generous investment in the education of all current and future Boseman scholars My heartfelt thanks to Wayne Frederick, Dean Phylicia Rashad and Mr. David Bennett for their partnership and continued commitment. To Chad’s legacy at Howard. I am overwhelmed and amazed at the love and dedication shown by so many to honor my husband’s work. I know he would be proud.”
“It is with great pride that we announce our endowment of the Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship. While he was taken from us very soon, his spirit is always with us in his work and the goodness he has inspired. He always talked about his time at Howard and the positive way it shaped his life and career. Now, we’ll have the opportunity to give many future superheroes a chance to experience it,” said Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “We are grateful to the entire family of Simone and Chadwick and our colleagues at Howard University for making this possible.”
The inaugural class of award winners are: Sarah Long, a freshman in musical theatre; Sean Smith, a student studying acting; Jenny Ferguson, a junior in Theater Arts Administration; and senior Deirdre Dunkin who studies dance.