The legacy of late actor and director Chadwick A. Boseman lives on through his alma mater.
Howard University announced that along with streaming giant Netflix, a $5.4 million endowed scholarship has been established to honor alumnus and esteemed actor, director, writer, and producer Chadwick Boseman.
The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship was established to provide incoming students enrolled in the College of Fine Arts with a four-year scholarship to cover the total cost of university tuition.
“It is with immense pleasure and deep gratitude that we announce the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of alumnus Chadwick Boseman, whose life and contributions to the arts continue to inspire,” said Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University, in a written statement. “This 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.”
The first class of students awarded scholarships includes:
Sarah Long, a freshman in musical theatre; Shawn Smith, a sophomore studying acting; Janee’ Ferguson, a junior in theatre arts administration; and senior Deirdre Dunkin, a senior who studies dance.
The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship was established with the support of Boseman’s widow, Simone Ledward-Boseman. The first four scholarships have been awarded to one recipient in each class, beginning this Fall 2021, and in the future, will be distributed to an incoming freshman each year on an annual basis. The scholarship will focus on students who exemplify exceptional skills in the arts, reminiscent of Boseman, and who demonstrate financial need.
“Many exemplary artists are not afforded the opportunity to pursue higher learning. We hope to support as many students as possible by removing the financial barrier to education. This endowment represents Chad’s devotion to the craft, his compassion for others and his desire to support future storytellers,” said Ledward-Boseman.
“My deepest thanks to Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and our family at Netflix for their generous investment into the education of all present and future Boseman Scholars, and to President Wayne Frederick, Dean Phylicia Rashad and Mr. David Bennett for their partnership and continued commitment to Chad’s legacy at Howard. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and amazed at the love and dedication shown by so many continuing to honor my husband’s work. I know he’d be proud.”