Meghan Trainor surprised three high school girls with full-ride, four-year college scholarships at the Women in Entertainment Breakfast this week, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter.
According to Billboard, the singer presented the three scholarships to Loyola Marymount University after a video highlighting the 15 young women who are coming up on graduation from THR‘s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program. The scholarships value over $600,000!
On behalf on LMU, Megan presented the scholarships to Victoria Arevalo and Larissa Ramirez. The university had pledged to give two, full-time scholarships to the 2015 mentees, but surprised the attendees with a third. . “LMU was so impressed with this year’s mentees, it agreed to fully fund a third scholarship,” Meghan said as she presented the third scholarship to Laura Espita. LMU has an ongoing commitment to offer a full scholarship to at least one girl in the program each year. “Congratulations to all of the beautiful girls. I’m so proud of you,” Meghan said to the recipients.
Additionally, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Lifetime are funding additional grants that provide each mentee with a $10,000 university scholarship. BET co-founder Sheila Johnson and her chief of staff, Giardy Ritz, also have lent considerable financial support to another girl about to enter her second year at LMU.
The Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program is a joint venture with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and selects 15 to 20 girls from inner-city schools each year and pairs them with top-level women in the entertainment business. The girls, who all begin the program as high school juniors from some of L.A.’s toughest schools, spend one afternoon every two weeks for a year with their mentors. “We pair under-served girls right here in the city and the most powerful women right here in Hollywood,” president/chief creative officer, entertainment group Janice Min said in the video of the program.
The annual Women In Entertainment breakfast itself honors and celebrates the achievements of the 100 most powerful women in Hollywood. Attendees included Shonda Rhimes, Barbra Streisand, Melinda Gates, Sean Penn, Kris Jenner, Lea Michele, Lena Dunham, Kathy Griffin and many more.
Congrats to these deserving recipients!
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