Kevin Hart is giving back in a major way! Last night, the actor and comedian surprised 18 HBCU college students with new scholarships!
According to a press release, the surprise happened during a United Negro College Fund dinner. Kevin joined forces with UNCF and KIPP — Knowledge Is Power Program — to present his $600,000 gift which went to deserving students based on their personal and academic accomplishments.
Online, Hart’s post has been liked more than 216,000 times on Instagram and nearly 2,000 times on Twitter.
Yesterday I surprised 18 #HBCU with scholarships to complete their college degrees…. major thank you to my partners @UNCF @kippschools for helping me…. you guys stepped up to the table and matched my donation and we awarded 600,000….also thank u @jessecollinsent for helping us coordinate this event…..this is just the beginning people!!!! My “Help From The Hart Charity” is about to do a lot more!!!!! #LiveLoveLaugh …..I’m also proud of the 8 Kids from Philadelphia that received these scholarships ….STAND UP PHILLY!!!!!
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime – breeze through it! When you get to that next door…breeze through that. Success is what you want it to be,” Hart said. “At the end of the day, we are what we want to be. Do not allow others to hold you back.”
The scholarship recipients included KIPP students from 11 historically black colleges and universities, including Morehouse College, Spelman College, Fisk University, Dillard University and Xavier University.
“I am living proof that if you put your mind to something you can not only achieve it but you can go above and beyond the expectations of what you thought that you could do. After you open one door, the crazy thing is you find out that there are seven more doors that you could open,” he added. “Education is that first door – breeze through this!”
Major Salute to Kevin Hart!