50 Cent announced on Thursday that he awarded a $48,000 scholarship to Kashmere High School student Kennedy Nelms, contributed by his G-Star foundation. Nelms will be using the scholarship to pursue a four-year degree at The University of Texas.
Fifty took to Instagram, sharing a photo of the high school senior receiving her check which was captioned:
“My G Stars are no joke; Kennedy from Kashmere HS was just awarded a four-year scholarship to the University of Texas!” the rapper wrote. “I’m So proud of these kids. H TOWN you know the vibes she gonna get to the bread. GLG🚦GreenLightGang.”
Established in May 2021, the G-Star program seeks to support students from low-income households, providing training and resources. These best practices will allow students to attend college, and launch successful careers. Furthermore, the G-Star program offers a 12-week afterschool business course/competition. Initially, students use the lessons learned from the course to form a business proposal. Then, 50 and a panel of community advisors determine the winner, who is awarded a business grant to launch their own company.
Last year, at the program launch 50 Cent explained the reasoning for establishing G-Star: “These opportunities are huge opportunities that I didn’t have,” he stated. “Being able to provide that in the early stages, I think it changes the direction and the choices that they will make. It prevents them from making some of the mistakes that I made.”
Fifty pledged $300,000 from his own pocket to the program. In doing so, he hopes that a more formal business training will provide students with the entrepreneurial acumen to succeed. As 50 Cent continues his philanthropic ways, he is cementing his legacy as a rapper who cares for the greater good.