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Halle Bailey Launches ‘Angel Scholarship’ Empowering Young Black Women In The Performing Arts

Halle Bailey has recently announced the creation of the Angel Scholarship on her social media platforms. The objective of this scholarship is to support young black women who are pursuing their dreams in the performing arts. As Bailey unveiled the winners of this prestigious scholarship, it highlights the significance of empowering black scholars in an educational system that often neglects their talents.

The Angel Scholarship

On September 27, Halle Bailey, known for her role in The Little Mermaid, announced her Angel Scholarship. Bailey’s announcement introduced the scholarship to her followers, expressing:

“I’m so excited to announce that I am launching the “Angel Scholarship” which will support amazing young black women in the performing arts. thank you for supporting “Angel” and helping to make these incredible young ladies dreams come true. stay tuned.”

The scholarship’s name is a reference to Bailey’s debut single, “Angel,” which was released on Aug. 4. While many commend her efforts to uplift black women, some have questioned the exclusivity of her target audience.

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Winners Announced

In an announcement on her social media, Bailey revealed the names of the scholarship winners: Aliyah D. Walker, Crystal Ike, Melodee Popuponneau, and Phyllise Tolliver. The “Do It” singer wrote:

“Okay guys!! it is my pleasure to introduce the 2023 Angel Scholars, a group of young women that have truly inspired me. I’m honored to be a small part in helping them manifest their dreams… keep reading.”

The Importance Of Black Scholars

The launch of the Angel Scholarship aligns with the prevalent issue of black women facing difficulties in accessing funding and scholarships. According to College Raptor, only 28.5% of scholarships are awarded to minorities, while 71.5% are awarded to white students.

Bailey’s Angel Scholarship aims to address this disparity by providing $10,000 each to four talented women majoring in the performing arts. This initiative by Halle Bailey is in line with the broader context of limited access and funding for minorities in higher education.

Recently, the Supreme Court eliminated affirmative action in college admissions, which disregards race and ethnicity as factors in the admission process. As a result, minority students face significant obstacles in obtaining the resources necessary for higher education.

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