T.I. paid tribute to his late sister Precious’ legacy with a scholarship fund in her name to help students with the cost of college.
The Atlanta rap mogul announced the Precious Chapman Scholarship Fund during the recent taping of VH1’s annual tribute show, Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Mama.” The initiative will reward $25,000 to an eligible student.
Precious, born Antoinette Chapman, passed away at age 66 after a horrific car accident in February 2019. She was a single mother and helped her brother and his wife, Tiny, raise their eight children.
“She was a single mother who worked to make life better for her children and everyone else that she encountered,” T.I. said of his sister’s legacy. “In the spirit of that, we have partnered with VH1 to award a deserving student a scholarship in my sister’s name.”
At the VH1 event, he surprised Tierani Scott by announcing that she would be the first recipient of the scholarship.
“This year’s recipient is like my beloved sister – a single mother and a junior at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and she has no idea that we are doing this,” the T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle star said.
Watch the touching video below.
Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Mama first aired on VH1 May 6.
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