Netflix and Howard University have established a $5.4 million Chadwick. A Boseman scholarship. This will fully cover four years of tuition for four students at Howard’s newly named Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.
Netflix is the inaugural donor of the Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship which kicks off this fall with one award for each class year and subsequently will be awarded to one incoming freshman annually.
The inaugural Boseman recipients are: freshman Sarah Long (musical theatre), sophomore Shawn Smith (acting), junior Janee’ Ferguson (theatre arts administration) and senior Deirdre Dunkin (dance).
“This scholarship embodies Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling and his willingness to support future generations of Howard students,” Howard president Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a statement.
“I am thankful for the continuous support and partnership of Chadwick’s wife, Mrs. Simone Ledward-Boseman, and to Netflix for this important gift.”
The Boseman scholarship will preferentially consider students in the dramatic arts, and those who exemplify the late actor’s values, described as:
A Drive for Excellence, Leadership, Respect, Empathy and Passion
“While [Boseman] was taken from us too soon, his spirit is with us always in his work and the good that he has inspired,” Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
“He always spoke of his time at Howard and the positive way it shaped his life and career. Now, we will have the opportunity to give many future superheroes a chance to experience the same. We are grateful to Simone and Chadwick’s whole family and our partners at Howard University for making this possible.”
Boseman died in August 2020 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer. At Howard the future Black Panther star studied directing, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2000. Netflix released both of his final two films, Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.