Mary J. Blige has launched a $30,000 scholarship fund for one female student attending Hamton University. The college is an HBCU: A Historic Black College or University.
The scholarship is part of Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit. It is not only a music festival featuring the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Method Man, Busta Rhymes and Jodeci, but it also makes good on the “summit” in the name. Blige uses the event-packed weekend to empower Black women. This new initiative will do wonders for the future students attending Hamton University.
“The Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit has proven to be a powerful platform for Pepsi and its brands to create opportunities that bring long-lasting change to amplify and elevate women. This year, with even more events for fans to experience, we want to recognize, celebrate, and support the voices of the community, from the incredible on-stage talent, including the iconic Mary J. Blige, to the on-the-ground local restauranteurs and entrepreneurs whose vision and passion inspire others,” said Kent Montgomery, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations and Multicultural Development, PepsiCo. This statement is pulled straight from a press release on the matter.
“The whole mission of this festival is to celebrate and advocate for Black women,” Mary J. Blige said in the same statement announcing the partnership. “So to have Pepsi show up and show out in the way they do is overwhelming. With their support for the Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit, we are able to pay it forward in so many impactful ways and to be able to grant an HBCU scholarship for a deserving student is nothing short of incredible.”
Mary J. Blige Scholarship Application
The application cycle for this year is now closed, but it reopens again for next year’s students in September. The application portal is available here.