A month after renaming its fine arts college after Chadwick Boseman, Howard University on Monday announced the launch of a $5.4 million scholarship in the name of one of its most famous alumni.

The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship, established with the support of Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward-Boseman, and sponsorship from Netflix as the inaugural donor, kicks off this fall with one recipient in each class.  The scholarship will continue to be distributed to an incoming freshman each year.

The scholarship will focus on “students who exemplify exceptional skills in the arts, reminiscent of Boseman, and who demonstrate financial need,” according to the university.

“This scholarship embodies Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling and his willingness to support future generations of Howard students,” Howard president Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a statement. “I am thankful for the continuous support and partnership of Chadwick’s wife, Mrs. Simone Ledward-Boseman, and to Netflix for this important gift.”

Boseman, who died in August 2020 at age 43 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, studied directing and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2000. His film credits include Black Panther, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Da 5 Bloods, Marshall, Get On Up and 42.

 

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