Juicy J Awards $50,000 College Scholarship to Florida Woman
As Juicy J climbs up the charts with "Dark Horse," Katy Perry's newest hit on which he's featured, he's giving back to the community in the form of a $50,000 college scholarship.
Last August, the rapper announced the formation of what was originally deemed a "twerking" scholarship, though he later admitted entrants did not actually need to twerk and that he was merely going to give the funds to the college-bound recipient who needed it most, he told XXL.
Now, the man born Jordan Houston is making good on that promise. In a video posted today on World Star Hip Hop, Juicy J surprises Zaire Holmes, a 19-year-old student at the State College of Florida, with the scholarship.
Holmes, a full-time mother in addition to being a student at the Florida college, revealed in her video submission for the scholarship, posted Sept. 22 of last year, that she's going to school to be a doctor. She said her career path will require her to be in school for 11 years, and that regular financial aid would not cover her expenses.
In the surprise clip, the rapper and Holmes talk about how she didn't have to twerk to win the scholarship, unlike some of her contemporaries. "Read the rules," Juicy J said. "See, that's what you get for shaking your ass... it's not always about shaking your ass."
The $50,000 has been paid to the State College of Florida toward Holmes' 2015 tuition.
Juicy J currently sits at No. 6 on the Hot 100 with Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," while his own song, "Bounce It," recently peaked at No. 74.