People question celebrities all the time about their commiment to the community. Earlier this week we watched Tom Joyner grant Rachel Jeantel with resources to help her obtain a GED, SAT prep, and a full academic scholarship to the HBCU of her choice. Earlier today we listened to Rickey Smiley tell Rachel Jeantel that they would help her with clothes, school supplies, and text books when she’s ready to head off to college. Now we have learned that Wale is doing his part to help a student of Hampton University stay in school by awarding a very special scholarship.
Hampton University Student, Lauren Pryor won a $25,000 scholarship from the big homie Wale. Norfolk’s hip-hop station 103 JAMZ, had a contest where callers called in to win the scholarship and Lauren won a sophomore psychology major from Hampton University. Lauren tells the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal:
I was on my way to a friend’s home in Hampton when I heard the radio challenge that the 25th caller would win the prize. The station said to call between 4 and 5 p.m. I called four or five times. The line was always busy. On about the 14th call I told myself to give it a rest then, I heard a man say ‘hello.’ I didn’t believe it. He told me there were millions of calls and he only picked up the phone 14 times nationwide. Winning this scholarship was truly a blessing. Almost not returning to Hampton University in the fall because of expenses, I was exceedingly fortunate to receive this scholarship. It was truly a test of faith.
Pryor received the scholarship award at the album release party and concert for Wale’s new album, “The Gifted” at the Best Buy Theater. She was also featured on BET’s 106 & Park.
Kudos to Wale, Tom Joyner, and Rickey Smiley for doing GOOD for the kids in school