Nas Starts “The Nas Scholarship Fund” To Help Transition Students From College To Work

May 29, 2014 0

Inside-the-Nas-Hip-Hop-Fellowship-at-Harvard-00 Nas Starts "The Nas Scholarship Fund" To Help Transition Students From College To Work

Nas recently teamed up with Koru, a Seattle-based company to launch his new scholarship fund. The aim is to help students transition from college to their career. New York Times printed the story and reported Nas invested $100,000 into the company.

I’m inspired to support Koru participants because I know how hard it can be to carve out your path and purpose in life. It takes conviction, hard work and the right network,” Nas said in a statement. “The young people going through Koru are gritty, book smart and street smart. The Koru program gives them an opportunity to put those smarts to work. I can’t wait to work directly with them and share what I’ve learned through my own life experiences.

The scholarship will cover ten students’ tuition for their first academic year. Here is what Koru founder, Kristen Hamilton, had to say about the partnership.

What companies are looking for,” Ms. Hamilton said, “is for people with the capacity to come up against a wall and think about what they’ll do when they get through it or around it rather than about how thick the wall is, or how challenging. This has been Nas’ reality. He didn’t go to college–he studied in the school of the real world, and became a successful artist and businessperson. He didn’t have his way paved for him. He embodies the notion of grit. So we started talking about how we could work together.

So what does this scholarship look like? Well for starters, Koru programs places college juniors, seniors and recent graduates in situations where they may land a job. The work with real-world problems in company settings, projects and they will be supported by coaches. Nas will be one of the coaches there to help the students.

We want him to talk about how he persevered under duress, what challenges he faced in building his business, in building financial structures,” Ms. Hamilton said. “We want him to focus on how you become personally and professionally effective – how you take ownership of your life and your career.

via New York Times

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