Dominque Jones, better known as rapper, Lil Baby has announced a scholarship for students attending Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. Lil Baby made the surprise announcement after performing at the school last week, which was also a surprise to the students.
He said, “A majority of the students in these neighborhoods, when they have good grades most of them don’t have support. They don’t have a family who can afford to [send them] to a good college or the college they want to go to.” While this was the first time Lil Baby has done this, he plans to make this an annual thing. The "My Turn" scholarship fund also is supported by Quality Control Music Group, Wolfpack Global, and Amazon Music's Rap Rotation, and Motown Records; all record labels the rapper is affiliated with. The fund is named after Lil Baby's most recent album that dropped this year.
The first scholarship has already been given away. Graduating senior Vachon Raye Jr., is the first recipient. He will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall and will also be a member of the school's football team.
An associate superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, Dan Simms said, "Who knows what seeds were planted today as it relates to not just seeing him as a performer, but as a philanthropist. I hope this puts some positive pressure on other rappers who came from some of these same classrooms and hallways to just give back a little bit.”
Good Stuff Lil Baby!