Hallmark and Jill Scott unite to help college youth

In this May 1, 2013 file photo, Jill Scott attends the 2013 Delete Blood Cancer Gala in New York. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a live Oscar Concert celebrating the year’s nominated scores and songs on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)
In this May 1, 2013 file photo, Jill Scott attends the 2013 Delete Blood Cancer Gala in New York.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (PRNewswire)—Hallmark’s Mahogany brand announced a partnership with Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation spearheaded by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott.

Through this partnership, Mahogany and the Blues Babe Foundation have established a national, merit-based scholarship for college students interested in pursuing a career in the writing arts. This collaboration unites Mahogany’s commitment to a genuine, progressive and optimistic reflection of African American culture with the Blues Babe Foundation’s extensive work in initiatives supporting minority students pursuing a college education. “To be able to give inner-city students the opportunity to receive a scholarship and pursue a career in writing is phenomenal,” said Scott. “My love and passion for writing is reflected in my music and my poetry and I am sincerely grateful that Mahogany decided to partner with the Blues Babe Foundation to help nurture young creative minds.”

Currently enrolled college students interested in applying for the scholarship may visit hallmark.com/true­mahogany to submit qualifying information, a writing sample and an essay for consideration. Two winning applicants (as selected by representatives from Mahogany and the Blues Babe Foundation) will each receive a $10,000 scholarship. Both winners also will be invited to Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.. for an all-expenses paid workshop with Mahogany’s team of writers during the summer of 2016. This personalized workshop will help students hone their craft over a three-day period and fully immerse them in the day-to-day experience of a Mahogany writer.

Mahogany and the Blues Babe Foundation also will team up to promote the importance of education and creative writing skills during sessions at this year’s Camp Jill Scott, an annual summer enrichment camp for underserved middle school students in the North Philadelphia area.

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