Hip Hop Sisters Foundation CEO/Founder MC Lyte, advisory board members Melanie Fiona and Russell Simmons, University of Wisconsin-Madison Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Damon A. Williams, HHSF President Lynn Richardson, and Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network co-founder Sabrina Thompson announced a new $100,000 hip-hop scholarship partnership that will enable one college-bound student to pursue a bachelor’s degree from one of the world’s top academic institutions – the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The recipient will hold a slot in the country’s only higher education program to incorporate hip-hop artistry at the college level. Freshmen who plan to enroll in college in the Fall of 2013 were invited to apply for the scholarship at www.hiphopsisters.org. The winner will be announced by MC Lyte and HHSF in collaboration with this year’s Soul Train Music Awards.
“For years I’ve dreamed of having the ability to help our community and now finally the day has arrived,” said MC Lyte. “HHSF is about changing lives and truly encouraging several generations that have been and are influenced by hip-hop culture. It is my life’s mission to see those who believe, actually see their dreams come to fruition. Helping the younger generation see their strengths and potential is what my goals are for this foundation. This scholarship partnership with UW-Madison is just the beginning for what HHSF has in store.”
Russell Simmons, Global Grind founder, HHSF advisory board member and co-founder of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network praised the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation for its strong legacy of being a national voice that reverberates with the truest heartbeat and pulse of the global hip-hop community. “This partnership signals an opportunity to help young people influenced by hip hop culture think of education as an achievable goal rather than a phantom wish reserved only for the lucky,” said Simmons.
Please visit www.hiphopsisters.org for more details.