Governor Hochul Announces Harry Belafonte Scholarship

(WNY News Now) – Governor Kathy Hochul revealed the City University of New York (CUNY) Harry Belafonte Scholarship at the 2023 West Indian Day Parade, honoring the late Harry Belafonte, the acclaimed musician and civil rights advocate. The scholarship aims to empower future leaders in the arts and social justice.

NYC – Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled the new City University of New York Harry Belafonte Scholarship during the 2023 West Indian Day Parade, paying tribute to the renowned musician and civil rights champion, Harry Belafonte, who passed away earlier this year.

The scholarship, intended to honor Belafonte’s extraordinary contributions, will fully cover the educational expenses, including tuition, room and board, fees, books, transportation, and personal expenses, for five deserving CUNY students. These students must embody the values and experiences that Harry Belafonte stood for, displaying a strong commitment to social justice and the performing arts while overcoming significant challenges.

Lieutenant Governor Delgado praised the initiative, emphasizing the importance of investing in the youth and their capacity to inspire change, just as Belafonte did throughout his life.

City University of New York Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez expressed gratitude for the scholarship, emphasizing its role in allowing students to combine their passion for the arts and social justice, mirroring Belafonte’s lifelong mission.

Gina Belafonte, Harry Belafonte’s daughter, expressed deep appreciation for the recognition of her father’s legacy. She highlighted the scholarship’s significance in providing opportunities for aspiring individuals to deepen their understanding of art and activism, fostering healthy communities.

Harry Belafonte’s immigrant background and tireless efforts in the civil rights and social justice movements served as an inspiration. This scholarship serves to extend that legacy, enabling more students to defy the odds, create lasting impacts, and enrich the lives of New Yorkers. Applications for the scholarship will open in Spring 2024.

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