50 Cent Awards Texas High School Student With College Scholarship Worth $48,000
After relocating to Houston early last year, 50 Cent has continued to win over the people of the city.
The Queens, New York rap icon took to Instagram Wednesday (March 23) to announce he has awarded a $48,000 scholarship to a high school student through the G-Star program he helped establish last year.
As a result of the scholarship, Kennedy Nelms, a senior at Kashmere High School, will be able to continue her studies at the University of Texas at Austin, her "dream school."
“My G Stars are no joke, Kennedy from Kashmere HS was just awarded a four year scholarship to the University of Texas!” 50 captioned a photo of Nelms holding her scholarship check. “I’m So proud of these kids. H TOWN you know the vibes she gonna get to the bread.”
In May 2021, 50 Cent launched the G-Star program in partnership with Houston ISD, Horizon United, and his G-Unity Foundation in order to support a trio of local high schools with poor academic performance.
During the initiative, Fif committed $300,000 of his own money to help students gain business skills, develop their own business ideas with the support of local business leaders, and apply for paid internships.
“These opportunities are huge opportunities that I didn’t have,” he said at a press conference alongside Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “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.”
Kennedy Nelms was one of 75 high school students inducted into the G-Star program in September and completed a 12-week business course after school. The program culminates in a competition judged by 50 Cent and other community leaders, with the winners receiving seed money to start their own businesses.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Nelms hopes to develop a clothing line for people who don't always follow fashion trends. “I am looking forward to being able to learn,” she said at the induction ceremony. “I want to be able to learn all of the things that they are trying to teach us.”
50 Cent has also made moves in H-Town of his own. The 46-year-old rapper/TV mogul announced a "groundbreaking" partnership between his Sire Spirits company, the Houston Rockets, and the Toyota Center earlier this month.
50's award-winning Branson Cognac and Le Chemin du Roi Champagne brands will be featured in the Toyota Center via Sire Spirits-themed bars, a luxury suite, a loge box and a restaurant.