Netflix is partnering with Howard University to fund the $5.4 million Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship in honor of the actor and university alumnus. Boseman’s final on-screen film roles were as “Stormin’ Norm” Holloway in director Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Levee Green in the Academy Award-winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, both for Netflix. The streamer’s scholarship will provide a four-year scholarship and cover tuition costs for incoming students of the College of Fine Arts, recently renamed in remembrance of the Black Panther star who died last August aged 43.
“It is with immense pleasure and deep gratitude that we announce the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of alumnus, Chadwick Boseman, whose life and contributions to the arts continues to inspire,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., in a statement. “This scholarship embodies Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling, and his willingness to support future generations of Howard students. I am thankful for the continuous support and partnership of Chadwick’s wife, Mrs. Simone Ledward-Boseman, and to Netflix for this important gift.”
The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship is established with the support of Boseman’s wife and the sponsorship from inaugural donor Netflix. According to a press release, the scholarship “will focus on students who exemplify exceptional skills in the arts, reminiscent of Boseman, and who demonstrate financial need,” and be awarded to one recipient in each class beginning Fall 2021 and distributed to incoming freshmen on an annual basis.