Megan Thee Stallion created the scholarships citing the disadvantages Black women face funding higher education
By Hanna McNeila.
For Megan Thee Stallion, 2020 is all about the empowerment of Black women. Over the past month, the rapper has used her platform to advocate for women of color on multiple occasions, making a made a poignant statement on Saturday Night Live rebuking the lack of justice for Breonna Taylor, advocating for Black Trans Lives to her 16.2 million Instagram followers, and starting a scholarship fund for women of color.
The rapper has teamed up with Amazon’s Music Rap Rotation to create the “Don’t Stop” fund, which is named after her new track featuring Young Thug. The foundation will give two $10,000 scholarships to women of color that are pursuing an associates, bachelor’s, or post-graduate Degree in any field of study in any part of the world. Stallion announced the philanthropic endeavor in an Instagram post where she called upon all “college hotties” to apply, noting the hurdles faced by this year: “2020 has brought so many obstacles but we keep going!”
Applications are open and can be applied for through the ‘Don’t Stop Scholarship’ website. Stallion, now 25, is still a student herself. She attends part time classes at Texas Southern University and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in health administration. According to the website, Stallion is “incredibly passionate about the transformative power of education and remains a strong advocate for women pursuing a college degree.” The site also notes that “female students of color are at a larger disadvantage when it comes to access to financial resources.” The rapper aims to inspire the underrepresented and undervalued population of Black female students around the world.
On Oct. 13, Megan penned an opinion piece for the New York Times entitled Why I Speak Up For Black Women. In the article, she discusses the discrimination that Black women face, from stereotyping to body image discrimination and media treatment. Posing the question, “Wouldn’t it be nice if Black girls weren’t inundated with negative, sexist comments about Black women?”