Hip Hop Goes to the University of Wisconsin-Madison: MC Lyte, Russell Simmons, Melanie Fiona, Salt, Dr. Damon Williams and Global Grind Announce the Search for the 1st MC Lyte/First Wave $100,000 Scholarship Award Recipient
NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip Hop Sisters Foundation (HHSF) CEO/Founder MC Lyte, Advisory Board MembersRussell Simmons, Melanie Fiona, and Salt, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Damon A. Williams, and HHSF President Lynn Richardson are pleased to announce a new $100,000 hip-hop scholarship partnership that will enable one college-bound student to pursue a bachelor's degree from one of the world's top academic institutions – the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A press conference and reception will take place at Rush Communications on Thursday September 6th2012 at Noon EST to announce the scholarship. The recipient will hold a slot in the country's only higher education program to incorporate hip-hop artistry at the college level. Freshman who plan to enroll in college in the Fall of 2013 are invited to apply for the MC Lyte / UW Madison $100,000 First Wave Scholarship Presented by Hip Hop Sisters Foundation at www.hiphopsisters.org. The application deadline is October 1, 2012 and the winner will be announced by MC Lyte and HHSF in collaboration with this year's Soul Train Music Awards.
"For years I've dreamed of having the ability to help our community and now finally the day has arrived," said MC Lyte. "HHSF is about changing lives and truly encouraging several generations that have been and are influenced by hip-hop culture. It is my life's mission to see those who believe, actually see their dreams come to fruition. Helping the younger generation see their strengths and potential is what my goals are for this foundation. This scholarship partnership with UW-Madison is just the beginning for what HHSF has in store."
Russell Simmons, Global Grind founder, HHSF advisory board member and co-founder of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network praised the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation for its strong legacy of being a national voice that reverberates with the truest heartbeat and pulse of the global hip-hop community. "This partnership signals an opportunity to help young people influenced by hip hop culture think of education as an achievable goal rather than a phantom wish reserved only for the lucky," said Simmons.