August 25, 2015


Original Story Published by: HipHopDX


It is back-to-school season and there are multiple scholarship awards being offered by the Rap community. Kendrick Lamar has inspired the "Be Alright" scholarship, which is named after the To Pimp A Butterfly single of the same name and is sponsored by OogeeWoogee. The media outlet is holding a contest for students at High Tech High School in North Bergen, New Jersey to win $1,500 for college tuition or books. To enter, the student needs to create a 2-3 minute video explaining the positive elements of Hip Hop and showcasing his or her own talents. The video then needs to be uploaded to OogeeWoogee's Facebook page and then voted and commented on.


The deadline is tomorrow (August 25).This is the first year for the scholarship, but the company says it plans on hosting the contest once a year and expanding the reach into Philadelphia. Lamar visited High Tech High School in June after he heard how his music was being used as part of the curriculum. Nelly also is sending students to college through his scholarship in honor of Mike Brown, a Black teenager who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri one year ago.

The St. Louis rapper spoke to Hot 97 earlier this month to detail the scholarship. He says the recipients of the award will be chosen by Brown's mother. She will choose two students in the Ferguson community. Nelly also sponsors the Black and White Ball, which has been sending two teenagers per year to college for almost a decade. Nas has signed on as a financial partner for the "Opportunity Fund," sponsored by General Assembly, Observer reports. The scholarship will allow science students who have previously been denied equal access in the industry to attend the school. This includes women, veterans, African-Americans and Latinos. The Illmatic rapper, who was introduced to the program by General Assembly co-founder Matt Brimer at SXSW,  joins Google and Microsoft in providing the money for the scholarships.