Founder and CEO of Right Hand Co, Right Hand Foundation, and The Network ATL, Courtney Stewart is giving back to his alma mater Alabama State University in a big way.
The school reports that Stewart is donating $100,000 to create scholarships for communication students and multiple enhancements to ASU’s communication department.
The presentation will occur during the Homecoming game between ASU and Jackson State University on Saturday, Oct. 8.
“It’s so important to give back, and it’s a blessing and an honor to be able to do that and help support the growth of HBCUs and prepare the current students with resources and an education to thrive after college,” said Stewart.
Stewart explained the importance of the funds mostly going toward the communications department for scholarships and other departmental and student needs.
“I’m passionate about supporting the communications department,” added Stewart. “Not only did it teach me the curriculum of my major, but it also was the catalyst to lead me on my path in the entertainment industry. Believe it or not, what I learned still impacts my business daily.”
The music executive, real estate developer, tech investor, and humanitarian graduated from ASU in 2003 with a B.A. in communications. Today he has been recognized on Billboard’s prestigious “40 Under 40,” Variety’s 2018 and 2019 “Hitmakers” list, Billboard’s 2020 “Power List,” and ASU’s 50 under 50 class. He is also best known for discovering and developing multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated singer Khalid.
Stewart said from his childhood growing up in Atlanta to his college days at ASU, he always loved music, film/television, and the arts.
“What I didn’t know during my time at ASU, I was becoming an entrepreneur,” shared Stewart.
“Whether I was throwing parties or selling CDs on campus, everything was feeding my soul’s purpose and my entrepreneurial spirit even back then. It all came together and put a spotlight on my true talent all sparked by my love of the arts, communication, and music.”– Courtney Stewart
Audrey Parks, Director of Development, Office of Institutional Advancement at Alabama State University said that the university appreciates Stewart’s support for ASU students and his alma mater.
“We are very proud of the wonderful example he is to our community and young people. He is the kind of individual we hope to nurture at Alabama State University,” said Parks.
Stewart said he is committed to the advancement of HBCUs and plans to continue to support ASU scholars.
“This isn’t the end of my support for Alabama State. This is just the beginning. I’m so grateful that I attended ASU. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I made lifelong friends, and I was groomed to become the man I am today,” Stewart concluded. “I learned valuable lessons inside and outside of the classroom which to this day still influences me as the leader, mentor, and businessman I am today.”
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