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Kevin Hart is all about higher education, so it’s only fitting that the Hollywood actor team up with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) to ensure 18 students of color receive a college education.
The UNCF recently launched a new scholarship program in conjunction with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and KIPP public schools to award $600,000 in scholarship money to 18 deserving students who are attending 11 HBCUs across the country.
Students were chosen based on their academic work and personal accomplishments, and will the opportunity to receive renewable scholarships based on financial need.
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Yesterday I surprised 18 #HBCU with scholarships to complete their college degrees…. major thank you to my partners @UNCF @kippschools for helping me…. you guys stepped up to the table and matched my donation and we awarded 600,000….also thank u @jessecollinsent for helping us coordinate this event…..this is just the beginning people!!!! My “Help From The Hart Charity” is about to do a lot more!!!!! #LiveLoveLaugh …..I’m also proud of the 8 Kids from Philadelphia that received these scholarships ….STAND UP PHILLY!!!!!
“The Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship will not only support students, but will also demonstrate support for HBCUs,” said UNCF CEO and President Michael L. Lomax. “Research shows that HBCUs matter, and that HBCU students are having a positive college experience, but they also have an unmet financial need. Together, Kevin and KIPP have made an investment that will have a significant impact. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”
Hart says he got involved because “education and knowledge are powerful.”
He goes on to say, “I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs. This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”
The Philly-bred comedian is just one of many who have partnered with organizations to make sure the children have the chance to be the future.