‘Black Panther’ Cast Awards Student With $250,000 Scholarship

Contributed by Taylor Ardrey

Superheros on and off the screen, the stars of the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” surprised a lucky student with a scholarship award at The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Event.

Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira gifted Kalis, a 17-year-old young lady from Inglewood, California and who participates in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, a whopping $250,000 scholarship — The Black Panther Scholarship–to Loyola Marymount University. Kalis wants to become a pediatric dermatologist.

Kalis took the podium to accept her award and said, “I would like to thank my parents who birthed me, who made me who I am today. … I just want to stand and say this is for girls who live in Compton, who live in Inglewood, and this is for girls and men who face adversaries. I just want to say that we can do it and it is possible.”

Kalis is not the only lucky student to receive scholarship money. It was revealed that other mentees will recieve scholarships up to a total of 1.7 million dollars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The scholarships were awarded to L.A. teens from underserved communities who are currently taking part in the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program. Each of the 18 girls finishing her mentorship year will receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend the university of her choice, with six girls receiving full-ride scholarships worth more than $250,000 each to attend Loyola Marymount University, a longtime partner in the program. Since the program’s inception, more than $6 million in scholarship money has been raised.”

We love to see our favorite celebrities give back to communities and help others receive great opportunities!

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