Now in its second year, Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Foundation awarded $1 million dollars to 100 high-achieving Black high school seniors with financial need. This scholarship, known as the Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund, was named after Scott’s grandfather who was a Dean of the Prairie View A&M, as well as an alumnus. Each recipient won $10,000 that will be applied to their college educational expenses. These students have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA throughout their high school career and will attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the fall. This year, all 38 HBCUs across the nation were represented among the recipients.
If you know a rising high school senior who may qualify for this scholarship, be on the lookout for next year’s application cycle. According to People.com, Scott reported that the foundation is "already looking forward to increasing our work next year.”
Inspired by Scott’s grandfather, the scholarship seeks to enrich and empower the lives of Black youth by extending educational opportunities to help them achieve their dreams. Scott said, “my grandfather wanted me to take it all the way through college. I feel there is a power in education so to be able to give someone the opportunity to fulfill that dream as my papa thought for me is amazing.”
Scott’s sister, Jordan Webster is a Howard University graduate who also manages the scholarship fund. Webster said, "I know personally how deeply important my grandfather's academic legacy at HBCUs is to my entire family — to Travis, as well as my twin brother Josh who is at Prairie View A&M University — and now, to 100 people that Travis has been able to help out at a tough time."
Current high school seniors, even with graduation around the corner, you still have a chance to apply for these scholarships with upcoming deadlines!
Deadline: June 24, 2022
Scholarship Description: Black Skeptics Los Angeles will award scholarships to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist, and/or secular. Preference will be given to applicants who are the first in their families who go to college, are or have been in foster care, are homeless or undocumented, or identify as LGBTQI+ students.
Deadline: October 20, 2022
Scholarship Description: This national competition offers young Black and Latinx classical string players (violin, viola, cello, or double bass) a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges, and to perform with and receive mentorship from established professional musicians. Students may compete in the Junior or Senior Division based on age.
Deadline: January 9, 2023
Scholarship Description: This selective scholarship program is for high school senior who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. This mission of RBSP is to advance higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans by competitively awarding Ron Brown Scholars $10,000 scholarships each year for four years of college.