Howard University has received a $1 million gift from HBO to establish an endowed fund to benefit students pursuing careers in the arts and entertainment industries.
The donation was announced in conjunction with an HBO event, ‘Between the World and Me,’ which is based on a book by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a Howard alumnus. Coates will executive produce the event with fellow Howard alumni Kamilah Forbes and Susan Kelechi Watson. The endowed fund will be called the Coates-Forbes-Watson-HBO Dream Seekers Endowed Fellowship.
The fund will provide stipends to students for living and travel expenses related to accepting internships in Los Angeles and New York, among other places. Students from a variety of disciplines can apply, including communications, fine arts, business, and law.
“We are grateful to HBO for their leadership in establishing the Coates-Forbes-Watson-HBO Dream Seekers Endowed Fellowship, which will make it easier for Howard students to make ends meet while pursuing internships and residencies with studios and production companies,” said Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, Howard’s president, in a statement. “I’d also like to thank Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kamilah Forbes and Susan Kelechi Watson for their role in recommending Howard for this opportunity. I know that Howard played an instrumental role in their lives to help them become the incredible artists that they are today, and we are thankful that they continue to pay it forward through their time, talent and treasure.”