Oprah Winfrey has a new initiative to help the next generation of young leaders.
Winfrey is offering a new scholarship as a part of the The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation. The scholarship will offer aid to “students who have displayed both academic excellence and leadership within their respective communities,” she told PEOPLE magazine.
The 67-year-old said in a statement, “I am where I am today because of education and the support of teachers throughout my life. I am honored to support these students who have shown high achievement in their academic studies, but more importantly a commitment to their communities. These young leaders bring me hope for our future, and I look forward to watching each of them flourish.”
The program, which is for four years, has already selected 15 students to be in the inaugural class.
The selected students were unaware that they had received the scholarship. Winfrey decided to surprise the students on video.
She told the students, ”There are young people like you in the world who are claiming your stake for the future and have done the work to prepare for a better life not just for yourself but for everybody else.”
She continued, “Everything that you’ve overcome in your life, every single thing, every obstacle, every challenge that we’ve put in for you, you stood up to that challenge. You kept going. You were willing to be the standout, even though other people didn’t understand what you were standing for.”
The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation
On the The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation website, Winfrey explains how she values education. “Education is critical to leveling the economic playing field and opening opportunities to everyone. The Foundation prioritizes making quality education accessible and giving leaders a chance to lift themselves and others.”
To learn more about the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation go the website: