Superstar rapper Travis Scott is well-known for his music, but only few may realize how significant his philanthropy efforts are as well. This week, it was revealed that HBCU students will benefactors of his new Cactus Jack Foundation. Among other programs, Scott created a fund named after his grandfather, who served as a dean at Prairie View A&M University! The much-needed HBCU Waymon Webster Scholarship will cover tuition fees for HBCU students financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Variety, HBCU students from PVAMU, Morehouse College, Howard University, Grambling State University, and Texas Southern University have already begun to receive funds.
“My grandfather wanted me to take it all the way through college,” said Scott. “I feel there is a power in education so to be able to give someone the opportunity to fulfill that dream as my papa thought for me is amazing.”
The foundation has set a mission of very high standards. According to the Cactus Jack Foundation website, its mission is “to empower and enrich the lives of youth by providing access to education and creative resources to ensure long term success. The foundation believes the youth should not be prevented from attaining their lifetime goal and is committed to extending educational opportunities to all, regardless of their circumstances to achieve their dreams.”
According to TMZ, Travis Scott has also partnered with The Parson’s School of Design to bring a Cactus Jack program to the city of Houston and will offer an online certification program to students around the county through scholarships. As a sophomore he dropped out of the University of Texas at San Antonio to pursue music, but has never forgotten the value in higher education.
We know Travis will continue to do great things. He has had initiatives ranging from partnerships with Houston’s arts and parks departments, to starting an agricultural program for elementary schools. To learn more about the Cactus Jack Foundation, click here.