When Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer in August 2020, he left a huge void not only in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in the hearts of moviegoers around the world. Boseman was the proud graduate of Howard University, one of the top HBCUs, and was always looking to give back to the community that helped him thrive in the film industry.
Prior to 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 up and Jackie Robinson in 42.
To honor his incredible legacy, Howard University has partnered 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 College of Fine Arts. -arts Chadwick Boseman. The scholarship has already been awarded to four current students studying musical theater, drama, dance, and theater arts administration.
In a statement via Hollywood journalist, Boseman’s widow, Simone Ledward-Boseman, said the following:
“Many exemplary artists do not have the opportunity to pursue higher education; we hope to support as many students as possible by removing financial barriers to education. This endowment represents Chad’s dedication to the craft, his compassion for others and his deep desire to support future storytellers, ”Ledward-Boseman said in a statement. “My sincere thanks to Ted Sarandos, [Netflix original films head] Scott Stuber and our family at Netflix for their generous investment in the education of all current 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 to Howard. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and amazed at the love and dedication shown by so many who continue to honor my husband’s work. I know he would be proud.
The Boseman Scholarship will focus primarily on students who wish to pursue a Dramatic Arts degree, which also exemplifies qualities that Boseman has found to be vitally important – a pursuit of 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 to build a new state-of-the-art facility to house Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts.
Boseman has played King T’Challa / Black Panther in a number of Marvel movies – 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 these films and the series are currently available for streaming on Disney +.
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