Source: Connie Ann Kirk, Examiner.com & CNN
Amid the high-profile singers, actors, journalists, and others paying tribute to Oprah Winfrey at the “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” event the second part of which aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday, a group of men most people do not know hit a high note that could not be matched by any of the other guests.
Tyler Perry announced that Oprah Winfrey had helped thousands of young people around the country go to, or finish, school. Among that group are over 400 African American men whose entire four years of education at Morehouse College were paid for by Oprah Winfrey scholarships. Morehouse College is the only all male historically black institution of higher learning in the United States.
Paying it forward is one of the ways the men have chosen to thank Ms. Winfrey for their gift. Collectively, they have pledged over $300,000 to keep the scholarships going at Morehouse. A handful of scholarship winners from the past talked on video about what the chance to complete their degrees meant to them. One was in jeopardy of having to drop out from lack of funds but graduated with Ms. Winfrey’s help. Another is now a physician; another is engaged in advanced studies at Harvard.
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