Howard University launches $5.4 million Chadwick A. Boseman scholarship

Netflix and Howard University have teamed up to create a $5.4 million scholarship in the late actor’s Chadwick Boseman’s honor. Chadwick Boseman’s legacy at Howard University is growing, as is his potential impact on future generations.

Incoming students in the newly reestablished College of Fine Arts will be eligible for the Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship, which will cover the full cost of university tuition for four years.

“This scholarship embodies Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling, and his willingness to support future generations of Howard students,” says university president Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D.

The first scholarships will be awarded this fall with annual awards. It will follow each incoming freshman class. Preference specified to students who exemplify Boseman’s values, specifically demonstrating a drive for excellence, leadership, respect and empathy.

Sarah Long, a freshman in musical theatre, Shawn Smith, a sophomore in acting, Janee Ferguson, a junior in theatre arts administration, and senior Deirdre Dunkin, who studies dance, make up the inaugural class of honorees.

Chadwick’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward-Boseman, said in a statement:

 “Many 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 Chad’s devotion to the craft, his compassion for others, and his desire to support future storytellers.”

Wayne A.I. Frederick, the president at Howard University shared 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.”

Ted Sarandos Netflix co-CEO, and CCO, also shared “While [Boseman] was taken from us too soon, his spirit is with us always in his work and the good that he has inspired,”