By Robyn Collins

Sean “Diddy” Combs has pledged $1 million to his alma mater, Howard University, to establish the Sean Combs Scholarship Fund. The Bad Boy boss made the announcement on Thursday night (Sept. 22) during a Washington, D.C. stop on the Bad Boy Family reunion tour. Combs presented the giant check to Howard president Dr. Wayne Frederick onstage at the Verizon Center as part of the first donation to the Fund.

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The rap mogul, who attended Howard for two years in the ’90s, left before graduating but was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2014. “I didn’t graduate from Howard,” Diddy said. “I was blessed to get my honorary degree but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Because the only reason why I was able to chase my dreams was the empowerment that Howard gave me, the support that they gave me, the first two years.”

Combs repeatedly referred to the school as “home” during the presentation, saying that the first day he stepped on campus was “like heaven. You know, heaven… I mean, that’s the best way, it’s so much love. It’s an indescribable place, you have to see it. Being that kid that was in the financial office, if I didn’t get that help I wouldn’t be what I am today.”

Howard University President Fredrick praised Diddy for his gift. “He is providing an opportunity for those who otherwise wouldn’t [have one],” he said. “That is what our charter was about back in 1867. This is a significant down payment on that promise we made to America to provide education for all.”

Frederick called the new scholarships “life-altering,” adding that for Howard University, “It’s heaven… plus one million.”

The university will start awarding the scholarships in the fall of 2017 to undergrads pursuing a business degree who maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate a financial need. Recipients will also receive a mentor from Combs Enterprises and spend a summer interning with Bad Boy Entertainment or Revolt Media & TV network, both owned by Combs.


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