Entertainer Steve Harvey Establishes Textbook Award Program
BATON ROUGE, La.
Entertainer Steve Harvey and his wife, Mary, have contributed $40,000 to establish a book award program at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La. The Harveys also have pledged to donate at least $20,000 annually to support their book award program at the university.
The Steve and Mary Harvey Book Award Program will assist needy and academically deserving freshman students with the purchase of college textbooks. A typical Harvey book scholarship would be up to $400 per semester. Awards will be administered by the Southern University Scholarship Committee.
“We are so grateful and absolutely elated about the Harveys’ contribution and commitment to Southern University,” says Southern University Chancellor Edward R. Jackson. “The program is desperately needed because most of our students rely on financial assistance to cover some or all of their educational needs; yet, there is no existing program at the university that covers just the cost of books.” Jackson says the Harveys’ program will help to fill that gap.
Steve Harvey is best known for his starring role in the television comedy, “The Steve Harvey Show.” He is also the host of a popular morning show on Los Angeles radio station KKBT.
In 2001, Harvey delivered the keynote address at Southern University’s spring commencement and was awarded an honorary doctorate.
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