The R&B queen Mary J. Blige has made a “Strength Of A Woman” scholarship at Hampton University for sophomores.

According to Clutch Points, the “Strength Of A Woman” scholarship is inspired by her 2017 album and her Lifetime movie adaptation titled the same name. The scholarship is in collaboration with PepsiCo and is administered by Scholarship America.


To qualify, applicants must self-identify as a woman, be an enrolled sophomore at Hampton University, or plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at Hampton University for the entire 2024 — 2025 academic year. Students applying must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and pursuing a degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Arts, Finance, or Creative Design.

Unfortunately, PepsiCo employees and children of PepsiCo employees are ineligible. The chosen recipients will receive $30,000 and can renew the awarded funds yearly or until graduation.

Blige may have been inspired by her character Monet Tejada in the STARZ series Power Book II: Ghost. On the hit show, the 52-year-old works with college student and drug entrepreneur Tariq St. Patrick. She also partnered with the movie channel Lifetime to release two movies. One of the movies is “Real Love,” which follows a young college romance between characters Kendra and Ben, who struggle to figure out a challenging situation.