My home girl Queen Latifah is doing big things but she has not let that get in the way of her giving back to the community. The lovely talk show host conspired with the United Negro College Fund to help a young woman stay in school and pursue her dreams of being a veterinarian. There’s money falling out the sky to keep this girl in college.
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The homie Queen Latifah teamed up with the UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, delivered an overwhelming surprise to Ashley Booth, a deserving student at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. As part of the 35th annual UNCF An Evening of Stars fundraising show, UNCF president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax arranged for the first of three ten thousand dollar checks to be awarded the freshman, who plans to become a veterinarian. During the segment, Booth was surprised with the initial ten thousand dollar check from UNCF followed a generous matching check of ten thousand dollars from the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and then Sony Pictures Television, the parent company of the Queen Latifah Show, closed the deal when another ten thousand dollar award was added, bringing the generous total to thirty thousand dollars. What a pretty blessing for a young woman to pursue her dreams!
Dr. Lomax had the following to say about the scholarship awarded to Ashley,
“Against the costs of tuition, room, board and books totaling just over $25,000, Ashley Booth is an almost ideal representative of the college financial aid challenges that are facing contemporary college students. Despite doing everything right – earning great grades in high school that landed her a spot at Johnson C. Smith, an outstanding UNCF member institution where she is pursuing a STEM degree in Biology – Ashley and her mother are required to take out a significant amount of student loans. They have already assumed $24,000 of debt for her education and by the time Ashley graduates she could be $100,000 or more in debt. These scholarships will go a long way to help alleviate some of the burden they will assume to assure Ashley gets the education she deserves.”
Queen Latifah asked Ashley and her mother, who were seated in the audience, to come up on stage to speak with her about being a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) student. Ashley, who attended Irvington High School in Irvington New Jersey, where Queen Latifah also attended, was unaware that she had been brought to Los Angeles to receive a scholarship. Here are two links to the moment:
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What a blessing! Be sure to support the 35th annual UNCF An Evening of Stars show. I will be there so be sure to come back for details about the night of giving!