They say Nas’ lyrics are borderline scientific, but we’re willing to bet you didn’t see this coming. The Queensbridge rapper has teamed with Microsoft and Google to offer tech scholarships, and the rapper’s financial aid will specifically cater to African-Americans and Latinos.
Reports General Assembly:
Tech has a serious diversity problem — so General Assembly (GA), the New York City private vocational school for programming and engineering, is now opening an “Opportunity Fund” to give scholarships to women, veterans, African-Americans and Latinos.
The first contributors to the fund are Google, Microsoft, Hirepurpose and Nas.
Yes, rapper and recording artist Nas, the man who brought us “Illmatic.” The partnership with Nas began when he met GA cofounder Matt Brimer at SXSW, but Nas isn’t the only media figure to approach GA about these kinds of programs.
Each of the donors is taking on a target demographic. Google will provide scholarship money for women, Hirepurpose and Microsoft will fund veterans and Nas’s QueensBridge Venture Partners will sponsor African-Americans and Latinos.
Life is still good for Nas and the students he will be looking out for with these scholarships.