Charlamagne Tha God Gifts HBCU South Carolina State University $250,000 - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise magazine Fall 2019 issue

The gift of giving is always an act worth noting. According to Madame Noire, Lenard Larry McKelvey, better known as Power 105.1’s Charlamagne Tha God, has made a sizable donation to South Carolina State University. He is the author of New York Times bestseller, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It and bestseller, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me, which became two of the top audiobooks of 2018 and 2019. He is also the co-host of the popular podcast, Brilliant Idiots, and is one-third of the syndicated morning radio show, The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

Charlamagne was invited to homecoming by the South Carolina. State National Alumni Association after speaking with the association’s president, John J. Funny. Shortly after, he attended South Carolina State University’s homecoming to announce The Ford Family Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of his mother. On his Instagram feed, he shared, “My mother is an alumni of @scstate1896 class of 75. Today was South Carolina States homecoming and I had the honor of announcing “The Ford Family Endowed Scholarship Fund” Ford is my mother’s maiden name and my grandmother’s last name. We will be providing scholarships to black women in South Carolina who Major in English, (my mother’s major) Communications, (because I’m a Radio/TV Guy), and for any sister that wants to be a mental health professional. Always remember investing in an HBCU is investing in the future of our people so the next time an HBCU ask for money, open that wallet. It’s a blessing to be a blessing! All Praises Due To God!!! P.S. Speaking of GOD my creator told me to announce that I’m tapped out until February so to all friends and family don’t even consider calling me this holiday season for nothing. Have a blessed day. #wefightdifferent

SC State University responded on its Instagram account, “The impact that The Ford Family Endowed Scholarship Fund will have in the lives of SC State University students is immeasurable. We can not thank @cthagod enough for choosing SC State University to establish this scholarship fund in his mother and grandmother’s honor. African American women from SC majoring in English, Communications or a degree affiliated with mental health awareness will benefit from his gift. Remember SC State University is always your home @cthagod and you can come home often. 🐶❤️💙 #scstate #wearescstate

Here’s more on how BLACK ENTERPRISE is giving back to HBCUs.