Rising mogul and Texas Southern University student Megan Thee Stallion never turned her back on HBCUs despite a busy career gracing stages and magazine covers. With so many looking up to her, she partnered with Fashion Nova Cares to support the ladies of Bennett College to the tune of $25,000. To find out where the money will go, and why she focused on the women’s college, read more in the statement from Bennett below.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Bennett College will receive a $25,000 donation from Fashion Nova Cares, Fashion Nova, the leading e-commerce fashion lifestyle brand and GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Megan Thee Stallion. Throughout the month of March, Fashion Nova Cares pledged to highlight, support and donate $1,000,000 to various women entrepreneurs, female students, educational institutions, women-owned businesses, and female-focused charities and organizations.
Megan Thee Stallion, Fashion Nova Cares and Fashion Nova launched the Women on Top initiative to run in conjunction with Fashion Nova’s ongoing support of various activism and awareness campaigns committed to fighting racial inequality. Today, Fashion Nova Cares is highlighting the work of HBCUs and has chosen Bennett as one of the Colleges.
Bennett College will receive $25,000 for its Center for Entrepreneurial Studies to support and encourage future initiatives among students.
“What a time to be a woman, specifically a Black woman. I am truly appreciative that Bennett [College] was not only selected but pre-selected to receive and participate in Fashion Nova’s new philanthropic initiative, ‘Women on Top.’” said Suzanne E. Walsh, president of Bennett College. “This donation coordinates perfectly with who we are and what we represent as a historical higher education institution for women.”
“Receiving this [donation] is beyond our imagination,” said Tammy McNeil, interim department chair of business and economics and assistant professor. “This donation will surely help us continue our quest to support and encourage students who want to be an entrepreneur, whether their interests are in social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, or corporate innovation. I am thrilled to see the wheels turning in students’ entrepreneurial minds.”
Bennett College Center for Entrepreneurship Studies aims to address economic, innovative and social entrepreneurial needs in today’s economy. In conjunction with the Women on Top initiative, the department of business, economics and entrepreneurship hand-selected three students to highlight as Bennett’s bright entrepreneurial standout, Janeal Marshall, a plus-size influencer and freelance makeup artist (@beatbyjanealjay), Zauria Murphy, the CEO and founder of Satin Skin Co., homemade luxury skincare and self-care business (@satinskin.co) and Aariella Houston, the CEO and founder of an apparel company, Zage Apparel (@zage.apparel).
“At Fashion Nova, women empowerment and ongoing advocacy for diversity and inclusion have always been part of our guiding principles,” said Richard Saghian, founder and CEO of Fashion Nova. “We believe the world will be a better place when all women are provided the opportunity to maximize their potential. This program was created to give women greater advantage as they pursue their passions.”