RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Artist Nick Cannon promises to pay off the debt of seven students at historically black colleges, including three in North Carolina, upon graduation.
Cannon hosted students from Saint Augustine University, North Carolina A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University and other HBCUs on Monday on his talk show aired at nationwide, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported. They spoke about the adversity they were facing and their desire to attend college, especially an HBCU.
Cannon then told the students that their college debt would be repaid when they graduate through a scholarship in partnership with the United Negro College Fund and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He is an alumnus of Howard University, an HBCU in Washington, DC
Mackenzie Estrep, a final year student at Saint Augustine University, is a high school graduate and first-generation college student who works three jobs to help pay for tuition. Sharandica Midcalf, a student at Winston-Salem State University, was homeless and said a school counselor told her she did not have the GPA to enter university, which caused her motivated her to succeed as a first generation student.
Christian Kornegay explained how he overcame a learning disability and was accepted to North Carolina A&T University, where he is working to become a professional animator and animator.
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