Why Drake Donated $60,000 To University Of Miami Students

The Donna E. Shalala Music Reach Program mentors and teaches music to teens interested in pursuing their musical interests.

Feb 21, 2018

There’s no shortage of celebrities using their popularity and resources to help civilians follow their dreams and achieve their goals. During a visit to the University of Miami last Monday, Drake granted public health student, Destiny James, a $50,000 scholarship, and made a $10,000 donation to the Frost School of Music.

Fittingly, Drake’s $10,000 donation went towards the Donna E. Shalala Music Reach Program, an initiative that pairs Frost students with students in nearby schools who have fewer resources compared to other Florida communities. Frost participants help mentor and teach music to teens interested in pursuing their musical interests.

This isn’t the first time the rapper has made a generous donation. Drake also wrote a $25,000 check to students at Miami Senior High School and announced that he would design and provide students with brand new uniforms. Before leaving the university, Drake told students, “I wish you all the best in life, a lot of love, a lot of happiness for you, your friends and your family.”

Among the many roles for the Toronto native? Grammy award winning artist, producer, actor, and philanthropist, and it’s the last one that’s providing opportunities to well-deserved students.

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REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
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