Chadwick Bosemanâs legacy atÂ Howard UniversityÂ and his prospective impact on future generations continues to grow larger, withÂ NetflixÂ partnering with the university to establish a $5.4 million scholarship in the late actorâs name.
The Chadwick Boseman Memorial Scholarship will provide incoming students inÂ the newly reestablished College of Fine ArtsÂ (which was named for the esteemed alumnus in May) with a four-year scholarship to cover the full cost of university tuition.
âIt is with immense pleasure and deep gratitude that we announce the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of alumnus, Chadwick Boseman, whose life and contributions to the arts continues to inspire,â said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D. âThis scholarship embodies Chadwickâs love for Howard, his passion for storytelling, and his willingness to support future generations of Howard students. I am thankful for the continuous support and partnership of Chadwickâs wife, Mrs.Â Simone Ledward Boseman, and to Netflix for this important gift.â
A press release announcing the fundâs establishment explained that the first scholarships will be awarded this fall to one recipient in each class, and will subsequently be distributed to an incoming freshman on an annual basis. The scholarship will focus on students who exemplify exceptional skills in the arts and who demonstrate financial need, with preference given to students in the dramatic arts who exemplify Bosemanâs values, specifically demonstrating a drive for excellence, leadership, respect, empathy and passion. The inaugural class of awardees are: Sarah Long, a freshman in musical theatre; Shawn Smith, a sophomore studying acting; Janee Ferguson, a junior in theatre arts administration; and senior Deirdre Dunkin who studies dance.
Netflix Establishes $5.4 Million Chadwick Boseman Scholarship At Howard University
In support of the scholarship, Ledward-Boseman said: âMany exemplary artists are not afforded the opportunity to pursue higher learning, we hope to support as many students as possible by removing the financial barrier to education. This endowment represents Chadâs devotion to the craft, his compassion for others, and his desire to support future storytellers.â
âMy deepest thanks to Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and our family at Netflix for their generous investment into the education of all present and future Boseman Scholars, and to President Wayne Frederick, Dean Phylicia Rashad and Mr. David Bennett for their partnership and continued commitment to Chadâs legacy at Howard,â she continued. âIâm overwhelmed with gratitude and amazed at the love and dedication shown by so many continuing to honor my husbandâs work. I know heâd be proud.â
The fund highlights Bosemanâs continued connection to Netflix, as two of the actorâs final roles were in partnership with the streamer, including the actorâs portrayal of Storminâ Norman in Spike Leeâs âDa 5 Bloods.â For his work as Levee in the Netflix adaptation of August Wilsonâs âMa Raineyâs Black Bottom,â Boseman posthumously earned an Academy Award nomination for best actor and won the Golden Globe, NAACP Image and Screen Actors Guild Awards, among numerous other critics group honors.
âIt is with enormous pride that we announce our endowment of the Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship. While he was taken from us too soon, his spirit is with us always in his work and the good that he has inspired,â Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer, stated.
âHe always spoke of his time at Howard and the positive way it shaped his life and career,â Sarandos continued. âNow, we will have the opportunity to give many future superheroes a chance to experience the same. We are grateful to Simone and Chadwickâs whole family and our partners at Howard University for making this possible.â