Megan Thee Stallion is teaming up with Amazon Music’s Rap Rotation to help out two lucky “college hotties” pursuing higher education. Announcing the charitable endeavor on Instagram, Meg noted that “2020 has brought so many obstacles,” but she’s ready to help turn this year around.
On October 8, Megan officially shared her Don’t Stop Scholarship. Created “in honor of all the young women out there who don’t stop working hard to get their education,” the fund will provide two $10,000 scholarships to two women of color who are pursuing an associates, bachelors, or post-graduate degree in any field of study.
To enter, one needs to apply on the scholarship’s official website. As the site explains, Megan is still a college student herself, and she remains supportive of the “transformative power of education.”
As the scholarship’s site explains, the fund was largely created in response to the continued underrepresentation and disadvantages experienced by women of color pursuing a degree in higher education. The American Association of University Women notes in its research that Black women are less likely than white women to enroll in post-graduate education, and those that do enroll are already impacted by a racial wage gap that sometimes leads to significant student loan debt.
In a 2018 study, the American Association of University Women found that nearly two-thirds of the nation’s student loan debt was held by women. When women do graduate and enter the workforce, the existing gender wage gap causes women to take longer in paying off their student debt. “Women — especially Black and Latinx women — pay off student loans more slowly than most men. This means that in addition to taking on larger initial loans, women also pay more on their loans during repayment as interest accrues,” the report said.
The scholarship intends to address some of that disparity, noting that “women remain underrepresented and undervalued in society, and female students of color are at a larger disadvantage when it comes to access to financial resources.”
Along with her continued success in the music industry, Megan previously told People that she’s taking online part-time classes at Texas Southern University. She plans to finish her studies and earn a Bachelors Degree in health administration. “I want to get my degree because I really want my mom to be proud,” she said. “She saw me going to school before she passed.”
She told People that she wants to finish the degree for her family, saying, “My grandmother that’s still alive used to be a teacher, so she’s on my butt about finishing school. I’m doing it for me, but I’m also doing it for the women in my family who made me who I am today.”
Winners of Megan’s Don’t Stop Scholarship will be announced in November. Applications are currently open.
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