By STEFAN MODRICH
It’s been a busy fall for Travis Scott.
The Elkins High School alumnus, a five-time Grammy nominee, has taken social media by storm with a McDonald’s ad campaign named after his record label Cactus Jack Records.
In September, he revealed he had recorded a song for the soundtrack to Christopher Nolan’s latest film, “Tenet,” and shared on Twitter a photo of a handwritten note from the critically-acclaimed director.
And on Oct. 7, the rapper, whose legal name is Jacques Berman Webster II, tweeted he would be donating a semester’s worth of tuition to five students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Scott said in a tweet that his father went to Prairie View A&M, which is northwest of Houston, and his mother attended Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Thus far Scott has publicly announced two of the five students he has offered to fund for their first semesters: Nasire Branch, a freshman business administration major at Morehouse College in Atlanta; and Taylor Ivy, a freshman marketing major at Howard University in Washington.
Scott, a 29-year-old Houston native, attended the University of Texas-San Antonio from 2009-10 and tweeted that his mother had wanted him to attend Morehouse.
Pearland native Megan Thee Stallion, a rapper who was listed as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2020, has also been using her platform to encourage people to pursue higher education.
On Oct. 8, she tweeted an announcement of a partnership with Amazon Music’s hip-hop brand, RapRotation, to give away two $10,000 scholarships to women of color.