The Michael~ing Daily-Michael Jackson Scholarship Fund at UNCF ... ~ February 10th, 2012
Attachment 177 The Michael~ing Daily - Michael Jackson Scholarship Fund at UNCF Reminds of His Generosity ~ February 10th, 2012 (Originally posted in July 2009 by MJJLaugh)
It’s been a week since the shockwave of Michael Jackson’s passing has rippled through the world. Thankfully for even the smallest fans, Jackson’s legacy lives on through his incredible music. While he’ll always be remembered as one of the most iconic singers and performers of all time, he’ll also be remembered as a generous humanitarian who shared much of his wealth with those who needed it most.
One remarkable contribution was made to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in 1986, a $1.5 million donation that went to establish a scholarship endowment in Jackson’s name. In 1988, Jackson made a subsequent donation, by giving all of the $600,000 proceeds from a Madison Square Garden benefit concert to the fund.
The fund was created to offer financial assistance to African-American students attending one of UNCF’s 40 member historically black colleges or universities. Since its inception, more than 500 students attending 39 member schools have received the Michael Jackson Scholarship.
Requirements for this scholarship include:
* Undergraduate students attending a UNCF member college or university
* Major in Communications, English or Performing Arts
* Minimum 3.0 GPA
* Must submit the FAFSA and accept financial aid
The award varies, but can be up to $4,000 per student. Recipients may use these funds to pay for tuition, room and board, books, or to pay federal student loans.
This fund perpetually renews, thanks to foresight on Jackson’s part. The interest of this fund pays the scholarships each year, while the original investment continues to earn interest allowing UNCF to offer more aspiring students awards each year.
This fall, another 34 students will be named recipients of the Michael Jackson Scholarship.
Saul Williams: “Michael Jackson Paid My Way Through College”
Saul Williams: “Like so many others, Michael Jackson was my first and biggest inspiration. I own an actual trunk of memorabilia all bought with my allowance money. My mother, who was kind enough to make me a glove and hem my pant legs into floods, let my older sister and I stay out all night, standing in line for tickets to his 1984 Victory Tour. Years later, when I was in college, my freshman year creative writing teacher submitted an essay I wrote for her class, without telling me anything about it, until she asked me to stay after class, weeks later, and handed me a letter which read:
You have been awarded the Michael Jackson Scholarship for performing arts students, taken from the 25 million dollars Michael gave to the United Negro College Fund from the proceeds of his 1984 Victory Tour.
As a result of that, I can proudly say that Michael Jackson paid my way through college.
Re: The Michael~ing Daily-Michael Jackson Scholarship Fund at UNCF ... ~ February 10th, 2012
Great article thank you Windy09 and Legacy team
Here is a direct link to the UNSF page if anyone is interested. Michael's Scholarship is listed there The UNCF Program Services Department manages various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria,
open/close dates and required documentation. To apply for a UNCF scholarship, you must apply through the on-line application process.