Hip-Hop Artist Wale Gifts Hampton University Student with $25,000
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Hip-Hop artist Wale (Image: File)

Hip-hop artist Wale has added yet another philanthropic element to his award-winning entertainment brand. The Nigerian-American rapper recently awarded a $25,000 scholarship to the 25th caller during his guest appearance on 103 JAMZ, a Norfolk, Va.-based radio show. The winner, Gloucester, Va., resident Lauren Pryor, is a sophomore at Hampton University, a top-rated, historically black college in Hampton, Va.

Pryor got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel to New York, where she was given VIP treatment before receiving her scholarship.

The sophomore psychology major was more than excited about the honor. “I was on my way to a friend’s home in Hampton when I heard the radio challenge that the 25th caller would win the prize,” Pryor told the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal. “The station said to call between 4 and 5 p.m. I called four or five times. The line was always busy. On about the 14th call, I told myself to give it a rest. Then, I heard a man say, ‘hello.’ I didn’t believe it.”

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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