Sean “Diddy” Combs, formally known as P Diddy, Puff Daddy, and more, will use a donation of one million dollars to fund a scholarship in his name at alma mater, Howard University starting in Fall of 2017, the same year the institution celebrates its 150th year of operation. The pledge was made from the Verizon Center stage during Combs’ Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a historic tour celebrating 20 years of Bad Boy Entertainment history.
Qualifications for the Sean “Diddy” Combs scholarship include being a business major with a 3.0 GPA and having financial need. In addition to the financial aid component, the recipients will be provided with a summer internship at Bad Boy Entertainment or Revolt Media & TV as well as assigned a Combs Enterprises representative as a mentor. Speaking at the launch Combs said:
“Great schools and great education make a big difference. Unfortunately, too many people don’t get the opportunity to succeed, no matter how hard they try. This is leveling the playing field.” -Sean “Diddy” Combs
Combs has been a longtime proponent of education and worked to expand educational opportunities for young people. He has offered support and mentoring to young entrepreneurs through his work with the Boys & Girls Club, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and other organizations. And in August, after five years of planning, Combs officially launched Capital Preparatory Harlem School, a free, public charter school in Harlem, NY.