Sour Patch Kids, one of the worlds most popular candies, has partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and NBA All-Star Chris Paul for a scholarship.
The candy has committed $1 million over the next five years to the Mischief for Change Scholarship for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The candy will team with NBA point guard Chris Paul and the TMCF to give out 10 scholarships each totaling $16,700 per semester. Paul will be joining the team judging the applications.
Students can begin applying on Feb. 11 and the application period will close at midnight on March 22. In an effort to get the word out, Paul delivered a virtual message to a group of high school students in the Phoenix area.
“As an active proponent of HBCUs, I’m honored to help SOUR PATCH KIDS and TMCF select the recipients of this year’s Mischief for Change Scholarship,” Paul said in a release. “I’ve seen firsthand the impact a HBCU education can have on students and our communities. I’m excited to share this opportunity and can’t wait to see how these future leaders shape our world.”
President & CEO of the TMCF Dr. Harry L. Williams said the scholarship will give students one less thing to worry about during a very important time in their lives.
“Today’s college-bound students are facing incredible challenges, with students attending HBCUs and PBIs leaving with more debt than ever before,” said Williams. “Our HBCU scholars are current and future changemakers of our society and our hope is that the Mischief for Change Scholarship can provide those incredible students with the financial assistance they need to focus on what matters most.”
According to Galvanize, Sour Patch Kids (or Very Bad Kids, as they are known in France), were one of the top 10 Halloween candies of 2020 and one of the top 10 candies for kids between the age of one and 17.