French Montana Launches Scholarship In Conjunction With Organization Dedicated To Immigrant Children
He's also been deemed I Stand With Immigrants's first ambassador.
September 26, 2019 at 3:25 am
French Montana has been named the first I Stand With Immigrants (ISWI) Ambassador.
Due to his continued investment in the welfare of immigrants and young people, the organization The Knowledge House have also forged a partnership with the rapper according to a press release sent to Blavity. Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, has also launched a scholarship in conjunction with the program.
The Knowledge House was founded in 2014 to help close the education achievement gap. As a nonprofit operating in the Bronx, the Knowledge House serves students to ensure they succeed in college, the future of work, and careers in STEM.
“I’m blessed to give back to my community that has given so much to me. As a kid from the Bronx, it’s important for me to arm them with tools they can use to create a great future for themselves," Montana said.
At 17, Kharbouch found out he was an undocumented immigrant. He recalled being unable to get scholarships and apply for school. His status made life extremely difficult. Now, he can change the lives of others.
"We're absolutely thrilled to welcome French Montana as the very first I Stand With Immigrants ambassador," said Jen Martin, director of the initiative. "At a time when it's more important than ever to highlight positive stories of immigrants and immigration, we're deeply grateful that French is continuing to share his own experience and use his platform to uplift immigrant voices in The Bronx and across the country."
Through the efforts and collaboration with French Montana, there will be a commitment to help an estimated 800 students from local high schools.
"On behalf of The Knowledge House, I am grateful to be partnering with French Montana to bring our technology programs to Bronx youth from immigrant families. As the daughter of immigrants, I know first hand how important it is to put resources in the hands of people as they work towards realizing the American Dream," said Co-Founder and CEO of the Knowledge House, Jerelyn Rodriguez, in a statement.
"Our technology programs have helped an average of 3 out of 4 of our graduates land their first job in tech. With French Montana's support we can make sure hundreds of Bronx youth launch life-changing careers in technology," she continued.
In addition to STEM, the nonprofit will provide immigration services for the youth and their families.