On Monday night, actor and comedian Kevin Hart surprised 18 charter school students by announcing that he would be helping to provide  $600,000 to help with their college expenses through the Hart Charity Scholarship. These students are part of the KIPP Charter School network and will be attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to pursue their degrees.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hart said:

Education and knowledge are powerful. I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs. This is just the beginning: trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.

 

 

“Research shows that HBCUs matter and that HBCU students are having a positive college experience, but they also have an unmet financial need,” United Negro College Fund CEO and President Michael L. Lomax said in a statement Tuesday.  “Together, Kevin and KIPP have made an investment that will have a significant impact. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Students were chosen based on grades and personal achievements.