Over the weekend, Nicki Minaj wasn’t in the studio recording another hit or gracing another red carpet. Instead, she was on Twitter offering to help a few college students with their tuition - including one from Morehouse.
On Saturday, the star took to Twitter to announce a new contest she’s having with musical.y to send fans to the Billboard Music Awards this year.
The rapper responded, “Show me straight A’s...and I’ll pay it...”
Soon after, other fans began to put in their bids in hopes that Minaj would throw some cash their way for their books, tuition, loans and other college-related finances.
One Morehouse student, Jauan Durbin, was one of the lucky fans. He wrote to her, “NICKI DONT PLAY. ILL GIVE YOU A 4.0,” and Minaj promised to keep her end of the bargain if he made it happen.
He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he “almost had a heart attack” once he saw her response.
The Washington D.C. native then sent the entertainer a direct message with more information about his educational background. While the freshman said he didn’t have any further direct communication with Minaj afterwards and couldn’t confirm whether he has received any money, he did continue to tweet about his experience.
The political science major did reveal that his “grades are relatively good now” and that he earned a 3.0 GPA his fall semester. But he’s working especially hard to ace his finals this week.
“I was in the library until 6 o’clock this morning just making sure that I’m doing what I need to do, because I take my education very seriously," he said.
Durbin, who aspires to become a human rights lawyer and eventually a senator, said that being given the opportunity to have a full-ride is something he doesn’t take lightly, and he’s thrilled that one of his favorite artists is taking the next step to help others further their education.
By the end of the night, Minaj had replied to at least 30 more people on social media and promised to host the contest again in a few months.