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Denzel Washington Donates $2.25 Mil To Theatre Department!

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Denzel Washington Donates Millions To Fordham University Theatre

We wonder if any of Denzel Washington's old professors would have guessed how much money he'd be putting back into their work.

The Oscar-winning actor recently donated $2.25 million to the theatre department at Fordham University.

$25,000 of the gift will go to a worthy undergraduate theatre student in the form of scholarship. The rest will be used to create the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre.

Television and Broadway actress Phylicia Rashad has already filled the chair position! One of her duties includes teaching the class "Creating a Character."

When he gave the gift, Denzel stated:

I wanted to create the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship and Chair in Theatre at Fordham in order to offer the next generation of students positive influences. Phylicia Rashad, as the inaugural holder of the chair, will provide the care, compassion and that extra push to help take students where they’re meant to go.

Damn! Niice Denzel! We wish more would do something like this!

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8 comments to “Denzel Washington Donates $2.25 Mil To Theatre Department!”

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    Did I understand this correctly? $25,000 will go to a deserving student, and the rest (over 2 million) will pay the salary of the chair?

  3. 7tizz says – reply to this


    What a stupid way to 'donate' 2.25 million with all the starving children & homeless in the US. It's like a slap in the face to America's unfortunate.

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    Re: secretstar – EXACTLY what I thought!!!

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    Re: 7tizz – Yes, donating to a college to help improve students' education is a stupid way to donate 2.25 mil. I think the only thing stupid about this post, is your comment.

  6. yeez says – reply to this


    Re: 7tizz – And what was the last cause that you donated $2.25 million, asshole?

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    Unfortunately with the tuition of 50k a year Forhdam university does not need this donation. Most kids that go to forthdam are white rich kids that do not need this money. Instead he should had given the money to Bronx Community College or schools in the surrounding area of Fortham.

  8. t3130 says – reply to this


    Over two million dollars doesn't just go to Phylicia Rashad or the chair. it goes to a multitude of things and i'm positive that there will be more than one scholarship. furthermore, Denzel Washington is famously philanthropic, so rest assured that he's also donated millions to starving and homeless. For example, he is a massive supporter of the boys and girls club of america. The money is specifically for the theater department to help them flourish. Also, the theater department did need a scholarship to help those who want to attend the program, have the talent, but can't fund themselves - which, unfortunately with the economy, is often the case. It's truly a blessing that will diversify the program.