Denzel Washington’s First Endowed Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate in Theatre Major at Fordham University

By on Oct 6, 2011 in Announcement, Education, Entertainment, Hollywood, United States, Universities Comments

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The first Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship for a minority undergraduate at Fordham University was part of Washington’s $2.25 million donation. The student who would be benefiting from the scholarship should be majoring in theater and, as much as possible, a Mount Vernon, New York graduate. This was announced by Fordham University in its official website, October 3, 2011.

Apparently, Phylicia Rashad, a magna cum laude B.F.A. graduate from Howard University was also named chair because of her compassion and qualifications.

Rashad and Washington are both highly respected actors and are considered as ‘inspirations’ to the youth. Both are part of the university’s staff, as well; Washington when he handled master classes in theater in 2005, and Rashad as present faculty.

Additional reports from Fordham revealed that Denzel Washington has donated the $2.25 million to Fordham, because according to Washington:

‘I wanted to create the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship and Chair in Theatre at Fordham in order to offer the next generation of students positive influences. Phylicia Rashad, as the inaugural holder of the chair, will provide the care, compassion and that extra push to help take students where they’re meant to go.”

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