More than eight graduating high school seniors from Rick Ross’ old mater, Miami Carol City Senior High School, as well as Miami Norland High School, received scholarships totaling $10,000.
According to CBS News, the Port of Miami rapper attended the graduation ceremony at Miami Norland Senior High’s auditorium. Before the rapper, born William Leonard Roberts II, handed the scholarships, the mayor of Miami Gardens and members of the school board made encouraging speeches to the pupils.
“You know, to come give back to the community right here, that means a lot. You know what I mean,” Rick Ross said. The scholarships will cover the students’ tuition fees. “I am nothing but blessed. It’s good to see the alumni come back and give back to the students, which is something that is so amazing,” scholarship recipient De’Zyre Frederick said.
According to PEOPLE, each student received a $1,000 grant. The Hustlin’ rapper collaborated with Tariq Cherif, co-founder of the Rolling Loud festival, as well as Reggie Leon, City of Miami Gardens Councilman, and Dr. Steve Gallon II, school board member, to financially assist the honorees.
Together with the scholarships, the students received tickets to the 2023 Rolling Loud Miami. But that wasn’t all; according to Billboard, the 47-year-old rapper also took the stage to perform for the graduating class. Among the other students was a graduate with a 4.6 GPA. Rick Ross also gave money personally.
“[Ross] being alumni and then coming back and giving back is something that I feel like everyone should do once they go off and do something successful,” a student told ABC10.
Miami Gardens Mayor Rodney Harris also told CBS News that the rapper attending the ceremony and handing out “these wonderful gifts” was “a great experience for our children.” “But it’s more of a great experience for this entire community because it shows that this community cares about its very own,” Harris added.