When Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon cancer in August 2020, he left a massive void not only in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but in the hearts of film fans around the world. Boseman was the proud graduate of Howard University, a top HBCU, and was always looking to give back to the community that helped him thrive in the film industry.
Before his death, Boseman had amassed an impressive resume, including portraying Marvel’s black superhero, King T’Challa AKA Black Panther. He had also played other notable black icons, such as James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42.
To honor his incredible legacy, Howard University has teamed up with Netflix to create the Chadwick Boseman Scholarship fund — which will fully cover four years of tuition at Howard University’s College of Fine Arts, now called the Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts. The scholarship has already been awarded to four current students who are studying musical theatre, acting, dance, and theatre arts administration.
In a statement via The Hollywood Reporter, Boseman’s widow, Simone Ledward-Boseman, said the following:
“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. This endowment represents Chad’s devotion to the craft, his compassion for others, and his deep desire to support future storytellers,” Ledward-Boseman said in a statement. “My deepest thanks to Ted Sarandos, [Netflix original films head] Scott Stuber and our family at Netflix for their generous investment into the education of all present and future Boseman Scholars, and to President Wayne Frederick, Dean Phylicia Rashad and [Howard vice president of development and alumni relations] David Bennett for their partnership and continued commitment to Chad’s legacy at Howard. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and amazed at the love and dedication shown by so many continuing to honor my husband’s work. I know he’d be proud.”
The Boseman Scholarship will primarily focus on those students who are wanting to pursue a degree in the dramatic arts, who also exemplify the qualities that Boseman found vitally important — a drive for excellence, leadership, respect, empathy, and passion.
The Walt Disney Company is also working with Howard University to honor the late actor. Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger is leading fundraising efforts in order to build a new, state-of-the-art facility to house the Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts.
Boseman starred as King T’Challa/Black Panther in a number of Marvel films — Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He also lent his voice to King T’Challa in the new Marvel series What If…? before he passed away. All of those films as well as the series are currently available to stream on Disney+.
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