Rapper Ice Cube has teamed up with the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota to establish The Ice Cube Scholarship, the schools first scholarship to be made in conjunction with a Hip-Hop artist.
The Ice Cube Scholarship, which will be awarded for the 2007-2008 school year, will be awarded to the student who successfully masters The Ice Cube Challenge, a challenge that will test students creativity, talent, and skill in developing a song.
“It has become a lifelong mission to give back to our youth and provide them with opportunities for a successful future,” Ice Cube said in a press release. “I am honored to be working with such a highly respected establishment such as the McNally Smith College of Music and look forward to reviewing the submissions by scholarship applicants in the coming months.”
Students already accepted into the McNally Smith College of Music should visit www.mcnallysmith.edu for more information and should apply for The Ice Cube Scholarship before May 1.
In related news, Ice Cube put his philanthropic skills to work as he helped parents and kids from Nicholas House, an Atlanta based non-profit organization, paint the door of a family’s new home.
Ice Cube also surprised students of DH Stanton Elementary School as he helped them build pencil boxes with the help of Home Depot.
Nicholas House provides individualized case management, employment and life skills training, and child programs for homeless families to help them attain self-sufficiency.
Ice Cube and Home Depot will auction the apron Ice Cube wore and will give the money raised to DH Stanton Elementary School.
Ice Cube’s latest movie Are We Done Yet, the sequel to Are We There Yet, will be released in theatres on April 4.
Along with promoting Are We Done Yet, Ice Cube will also visit several West Coast cities including San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas for
several shows with West Coast rapper WC.