Lancôme and Lupita Nyong'o Award Scholarships to 40 Finalists of the NAACP's Act-So Competition Through the Write Her Future Scholarship Fund
Style Magazine Newswire | 7/18/2022, 4:07 p.m.
Lancôme is proud to announce this year's winners of its Write Her Future Scholarship Fund, who received their grants during the NAACP's ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) National Competition and Ceremonies during its annual National Convention today. Lancôme and Lupita Nyong'o announced the NAACP partnership in September 2021, to help bring equity to education and encourage career development in the United States. Today's ceremony represented the culmination of the first year of the partnership, for which the brand has pledged to donate $2 million by 2025.
Lancôme Ambassadress, Oscar award-winning actress and published author Lupita Nyong'o, who has been a supporter of the Write Her Future program, joined the brand at the ceremony to present the scholarships to the young winners and speak to attendees about the importance of equity in education.
"Since I was a child, I have always had big dreams, and my education has played a huge part in helping me realize them," says Lancôme Ambassadress, Lupita Nyong'o. "I've always loved learning and I believe that learners change the world. I am so thrilled to join Lancôme, on behalf of their Write Her Future Scholarship Fund, to award this incredible group of women with these game-changing scholarships."
ACT-SO is a year-long program targeted at high school students across that country that promotes their growth in disciplines ranging from visual arts and business to performing and culinary arts and provides scholarship opportunities.
Through its partnership with NAACP and ACT-SO, the Write Her Future Scholarship Fund builds on the Lancôme's global commitment to empower women through literacy and education, as well as mentoring and entrepreneurship opportunities.
"We're excited to once again provide talented young women across the country the opportunity to further develop their creativity and achieve their academic dreams with purpose and unrestricted passion," said President & CEO Derrick Johnson. "Young people are the future. We're excited to see how participants in the program will positively impact their communities and create change for themselves and the next generation."
The scholarships awarded today will provide the students with the opportunity to further their development in areas ranging from STEM, business management, marketing, and writing.
"Lancôme at its core seeks to bring happiness to its customers, but nothing brings us more joy than seeing the winners of our first Write Her Future Scholarship Fund receive their awards today," says Lancôme USA General Manager Giovanni Valentini. "We've been so impressed by all the applicants, but we couldn't be prouder of the amazing finalists recognized today and see our mission of providing equitable educational opportunities for young women of color come to fruition today."
List of Winners
Denia Brielle Smith
Leah Morgan Ross
Berklee College of Music
California State University Northridge
Columbus State University
George Mason University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Mississippi State University
New York University
Salve Regina University
Savannah College of Art & Design
SUNY Purchase Conservatory
The College of New Jersey
The College of Wooster
The George Washington University
The Juilliard School
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of North Texas Denton
University of Southern California
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Virginia
Virginia State University