Netflix Funds $5.4 Million Howard Scholarship to Honor Chadwick Boseman
In SummaryBoseman, who is most notably known for his role as the superhero Black Panther, is a graduate of the University of Howard
Netflix has established a monumental $5.4 million endowment scholarship in honor of Chadwick Boseman at Howard University, as reported by Deadline Hollywood.
The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the actor and graduate of the HBCU. The scholarship is fully awarded to students at Howard’s College of Fine Arts.
There have already been recipients of the scholarship: Shawn Smith, a sophomore in the acting program; Sarah Long, a freshman who studies musical theater; Deirdre Dunkin, a senior studying dance; and Janee’ Ferguson, a junior in theater arts administration.
Boseman graduated from Howard University in 2000 and left an impactful and emotional commencement speech.
“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,” the actor’s wife, Simone Ledward-Boseman, said in a statement. “This endowment represents Chad’s devotion to the craft, his compassion for others, and his desire to support future storytellers.”
While Boseman is more notably known for his role in Black Panther, his star illuminated in 42, when he played Jackie Robinson, and James Brown in Get on Up.
At the age of 43, Boseman died of colon cancer in August 2020.
“While he was taken from us too soon, his spirit is with us always in his work and the good that he has inspired,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-chief executive and chief content officer, said of Boseman in a statement. “He always spoke of his time at Howard and the positive way it shaped his life and career. Now, we will have the opportunity to give many future superheroes a chance to experience the same.”