Fans of Nicki Minaj piled on with internet praise this weekend after the artist offered to pay college-related expenses for students with straight A’s.
Minaj responded to dozens of requests on Twitter from fans seeking hundreds or thousands of dollars to pay down student loans or cover the costs of books or online courses.
People tweeted photos of their stellar report cards and explained their financial circumstances.
The generous giveaway grew out of a separate contest on Minaj’s Twitter feed. The rap superstar had asked fans to send videos of themselves singing along to her song “Regret in Your Tears” via the instant music video app Musical.ly. The winners will be flown out and have a chance to hang with Minaj.
When Minaj clarified that fans from any country in the world could participate, one user responded, “Well you wanna pay for my tuition?”
Apparently she does.
Minaj’s spontaneous Twitter “scholarship fund” comes only weeks after Chance the Rapper helped launch a fund for arts and literature education within the Chicago Public Schools system.
In late March, Chance announced that NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls had donated $1 million to the fund as part of the rapper’s effort to raise $215 million for students across the Windy City.
Minaj ultimately promised financial support to more than two dozen fans, though she vowed to start another campaign “if I have any money left” by the end of the first one.
Ok u guys. It’s been fun. Let me make those payments tmrw then see if I have any money left😂. I’ll do some more in a month or 2. 😘😘😘💋💋💋💕💕🎀🎀🎀
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
Minaj reportedly earned $20.5 million in 2016 alone, making her the sixth-highest earner on Forbes “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” Top 10 list last year.
That should be enough to cover fees for a few students, at the rate college tuitions are going.