Lupita Nyong’o awards 40 $10K scholarships to female students at NAACP convention in New Jersey

"Lupita Nyong'o" by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
Lupita Nyong’o” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Actor Lupita Nyong’o surprised 40 high school students with $10,000 scholarships today at the annual NAACP convention held in New Jersey.

The scholarships were presented to the girls during the NAACP’s annual ACT-SO Awards ceremony. This year’s convention is being helped at the Atlantic City Convention Center. It is the fourth time NAACP annual convention was held in New Jersey.

ACT-SO is a yearlong program for high school students with a special interest in visual, performing, and culinary arts, and business.

The $400,000 in scholarships were funded through the NAACP’s partnership with Lancôme, and the Write Her Future Scholarship Fund. Nyong’o is an ambassador for cosmetics company Lancôme.

More about the scholarships can be found here.

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