Travis Scott announced the launch of his Cactus Jack Foundation to provide educational and creative resources for young adults in his hometown of Houston. The Foundation’s first initiative is the launch of the HBCU Women Webster Scholarship Program, which will cover tuition fees for college students facing financial challenges during the epidemic.
The fund is named after Scott Dada, a student at HBCU Prior View A&M University in Texas. Born Scott, the second Jack Burman Webster, he also chose current students from Morehouse College, Howard University, Texas Southern University, Grambling State University and Prior View A&M University.
“Weyman was the dean of Webster Prairie View A&M Graduate School,” Scott said. “My grandfather wanted me to take the whole thing through college. I have a power of feeling education so much that my dad thought it was amazing for me that someone could give someone a chance to fulfill that dream. “
The organization’s launch includes a multi-year collaboration with Cactus Jack Garden of Houston, a local primary school community-based farm. Through a national partnership with The New School’s Person School of Design, the Cactus Jack Foundation will bring the fashion curriculum to Houston through My Brothers Keeper, an online certification program available through a scholarship.
Also on Wednesday, on the occasion of the third annual Travis Scott Day, the city’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, announced the celebration of Scott’s musical career and honoring his role as Houston’s ambassador for industry, education and youth initiatives.
“Investing in our youth is one of the most important things we can do for our city,” Turner said. “Education and mentoring equip young people with the skills needed for a successful career. I am grateful that Travis has partnered with Houston City to support our nationally recognized My Brother’s Keeper program that provides support to boys and young people of color. I thank him and his Cactus Jack Foundation for investing in the lives of young people by providing scholarships to study at HBCU. If we can turn one person into a family, it has a positive effect on the neighbor, which increases the resilience and strength of our entire city.