Meek Mill and Michael Rubin are teaming up to provide financial relief for underserved kids in their Philadelphia hometown by starting a $2 million scholarship fund.
The scholarship money will assist approximately 1,000 pre-K to high school students from low-income households during the 2020-21 school year. It will cover their tuition at private and parochial schools and provide access to much-needed at-home technology, including laptops, tablets and WiFi connection.
The scholarships are immediately going into effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic requiring virtual learning across the nation and the resulting economic crisis.
The Philly rapper and the 76ers co-owner launched a criminal justice reform organization called REFORM Alliance in January 2019. And they’re equally passionate about education in Pennsylvania after previously committing to donate “millions of dollars” to the cause.
“We care about education a lot,” Rubin said in November 2019 during an interview on The Breakfast Club. “I don’t know if you guys saw, Meek and I have been talking a lot about education. We’re actually gonna commit, between Meek and I, in Pennsylvania, millions of dollars to Pennsylvania schools this year.”
Rubin also pledged to feed struggling families during the early stages of coronavirus with his “All In Challenge” from April of this year. He encouraged celebrities, such as Mill, Justin Bieber, Drake, Madonna, and many more, to donate once-in-a-lifetime experiences and collector’s items for the auction.