Lupita Nyong'o just surprised 40 NAACP high school students with $10,000 scholarships

She called the funding 'game-changing' for these 40 young women.
July 18, 2022 12:40 p.m. EST
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Us actress Lupita Nyong’o isn’t just a pretty face for Lancôme; she’s using her role as their brand ambassador to uplift the changing world. How? By investing in the future of Black girls and young women.

Over the weekend, the Oscar-winning actress made an appearance at the NAACP 113th Convention in Atlantic City to surprise 40 students in the Write Her Future program with $10,000 scholarships.

"Since I was a child, I have always had big dreams, and my education has played a huge part in helping me realize them," she said in a PR statement. "I've always loved learning and I believe that learders change the world.”

She continued, “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."

The scholarships for the young women will foster their educational and vocational development in a variety of disciplines including STEM research, business management, marketing, and writing.

Lancôme’s American GM Giovanni Valentini has also expressed support behind funding the program, saying in a statement, "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.” He went on to say that the company’s mission includes, “providing equitable educational opportunities for young women of colour."

Lupita has been an NAACP partner since September 2021, and its president and CEO Derrick Johnson said, “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. 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 12 Years a Slave actress’s surprise appearance at the convention comes on the heels of her week-long holiday in Italy, where she posted a body-positive image of herself embracing what she calls her “pasta body.”

Posting side-by-side comparisons of her body one week apart, she writes in her IG caption that she loves both versions of her body, and used the hashtags, “#EnjoyYourBody #BodyBonding”

Last week, she also participated in the Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda fashion show in Rome, and Vogue specifically styled her for the event. 

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