No one can accuse Denzel Washington of forgetting the people who helped him become who he is today. The actor has donated generously to the Boys and Girls Club of America, an organization he credits with keeping him on the straight and narrow during his youth. Now, he is providing a major gift to his alma mater Fordham University.
2 million dollars of the gift will go to the theatre department to create the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre position. TV and Broadway actress Phylicia Rashad (or as I like to call her, Mrs. Huxtable) will be taking the position. Among her other duties, she will be teaching a class called, “Creating a Character.”
The additional funds will benefit an undergraduate theatre student who will be awarded a scholarship to attend the university.
Washington said about the donation, “I wanted to create the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship and Chair in Theatre at Fordham in order to offer the next generation of students positive influences. Phylicia Rashad, as the inaugural holder of the chair, will provide the care, compassion and that extra push to help take students where they’re meant to go.”
The Academy award winner studied journalism at Fordham and then went on to study theatre in San Francisco at the the American Conservatory Theater Master of Fine Arts Program.
Via Washington Post