50 Cent continues to endear himself to the people of Houston after relocating to the Texas city early last year.
On Wednesday (March 23), the Queens, New York rap icon took to Instagram to announce he’s awarded a college scholarship worth $48,000 to a local high school student through the G-Star program he helped launch last year.
The scholarship will allow Kennedy Nelms, a senior at Kashmere High School, to continue her studies for a further four years at the University of Texas at Austin, her “dream school.”
“My G Stars are no joke, Kennedy from Kashmere HS was just awarded a four year scholarship to the University of Texas!” 50 captioned a photo of Nelms holding her scholarship check. “I’m So proud of these kids. H TOWN you know the vibes she gonna get to the bread.”
50 Cent launched the G-Star program in May 2021 in partnership with Houston ISD, Horizon United and his G-Unity Foundation with the aim of supporting a trio of local high schools with low academic performance.
Fif committed $300,000 of his own money to the initiative, which focuses on helping students learn core business and entrepreneurial skills and develop their own business ideas with support from local business leaders, while offering them the chance to apply for paid internships.
“These opportunities are huge opportunities that I didn’t have,” he said at a press conference alongside Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Being able to provide that in the early stages, I think it changes the direction and the choices that they will make. It prevents them from making some of the mistakes that I made.”
Kennedy Nelms was one of 75 high school students inducted into the G-Star program in September, completing a 12-week after-school business course. The program culminates in a competition judged by 50 Cent and other community leaders, with the winners receiving seed money to start their own business.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Nelms has aspirations to start a clothing line catering to people who do not always follow fashion trends. “I am looking forward to being able to learn,” she said at the induction ceremony. “I want to be able to learn all of the things that they are trying to teach us.”
Ever the hustler, 50 Cent has also made moves of his own in H-Town. Earlier this month, the 46-year-old rapper/TV mogul announced a “groundbreaking” partnership between his Sire Spirits company, the Houston Rockets and the Toyota Center.
The multi-year deal will see 50’s award-winning Branson Cognac and Le Chemin du Roi Champagne brands be featured throughout the Toyota Center via Sire Spirits-themed bars, a branded luxury suite, a courtside loge box and a restaurant.