Viacom, Gates Foundation & Comcast Reward $30,000

Subjects: Personal Development, Professional Development
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12
Source: Viacom Inc, Gates Foundation & Comcast

Superstar Nicki Minaj surprised more than 400 students and acted as the “Principal for the Day” at Collins Academy High School.  Minaj’s visit is one of many rewards for the students and teachers who won the Get MotivatED Challenge - a six week competition to improve daily attendance rates nationwide. Twenty-five schools in eleven cities vied for the title in the Challenge that used pop culture, technology and media to engage youth on the importance of coming to school.

Minaj presented three exemplary students each with $10,000 college scholarships from Comcast, helped teach a freshman English class, and joined MTV’s Sway Calloway in an all-school assembly to celebrate the students’ and teachers’ accomplishments.  Students saw the performer’s serious side as she took over the class and led a lesson in English. Minaj’s own education, she’s a graduate of Laguardia High School in New York City, influenced not just her career path but also her commitment to giving back.

Nicki Minaj said, “I am a young, female mogul before I am an artist. As a business woman there isn’t a single day where I don’t use my education or acquire new knowledge to ensure my success. Regardless of where you are today, with education you can take yourself where you want to be. That’s why I am working with the Get Schooled Foundation. They are finding innovative and exciting ways to bring that message to schools like the Collins Academy.”

Viacom, Gates Foundation & Comcast Reward $30,000

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