In conjunction with PepsiCo., Inc., Mary J. Blige, the iconic R&B performer, has announced the “Strength of a Woman Scholarship” for women who are sophomores at Hampton University. It is titled after Mary J. Blige’s 13th studio album, which was released in April 2017, as well as her Lifetime movie of the same name, which will air in 2023.
Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for organizations, foundations, associations, and individuals, will administer the scholarship.
According to Wavy, to qualify for this scholarship award, candidates must; self-identify as female, be a current sophomore undergraduate student at Hampton University, plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at Hampton University for the entire academic year of 2024-2025, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), pursue a degree in either Business Administration, Marketing, Arts, Finance, or Creative Design, and not have any affiliation with Pepsico as an employee or as a child of an employee.
According to their website, “if selected as the recipient, the student will receive a $30,000 award. One award will be granted.” The student will receive the $30,000 stipend that is renewable for one year or until a bachelor’s degree is obtained.
In terms of the selection procedure, beneficiaries will be picked by Scholarship America without the interference or influence of any PepsiCo., Inc. officer or employee.
ClutchPoints reported that Blige has become familiar with college and HBCU life significantly over the past years because of the movies she has featured in.
In the popular STARZ series “Power Book II: Ghost”, Blige portrays “Monet Tejada,” who deals with Tariq St. Patrick, a former high school student who is now a college student, and his expanding drug business on the fictitious Ivy League campus of Stansfield University.
She also worked with Lifetime on the film “Real Love,” in which the main characters, Kendra and Ben, are in the early stages of a romantic relationship at college when they face a challenging situation near the end of the film.