Rapper Nicki Minaj joins Chrissy Teigen in picking up Twitter followers’ school tabs, and other generous celebrity gifts
Updated: May 8, 2017
Nicki Minaj is giving straight A’s a good rap.
The “Pink Friday” artist and Grammy nominee offered to pay more than a dozen of her fans $20,000 for student loans and school supplies over Twitter on Sunday, as long as they can prove they’ve earned good grades.
Show me straight A's that I can verify w/ur school and I'll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?!🤷🏽♀️ Dead serious. Shld I set it up? https://t.co/czH715u64a
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
Minaj was giving a Q&A with fans when one follower asked if she could help her pay her college tuition. The “No Frauds” rapper responded, “Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ ur school and I’ll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?! Dead serious.”
No surprise, she was soon bombarded with tweets from fans singing for scholarships from the Nicki Minaj fund, including a Queens single mother looking for $500 to pay off her remaining tuition, up to a follower short $6,000 for his fall semester to cover his credits, dorm room and meal plan.
@NICKIMINAJ I have $500 left of my tuition to be paid, single mother raising me and my lil bro.. from Queens, you would help me a lot💗
— ASH-CA$H. 🦄 (@AshleyLove_x3) May 7, 2017
The 6k would be for my 16 credit classes, room & board, meal plan, technology fee & books that I would need for the classes. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/InZT6LSxOG
— Josh Maraj. 🤘🏾 (@GetChoLife1) May 7, 2017
This comes on the high-road heels of Chrissy Teigen, a fellow patron saint of Twitter, who made a fan’s beauty school dreams come true last month.
Charlotte, North Carolina dreamer Mercedes Edney created a crowdfunding page last month to raise $5,995 to cover the tuition, fees and supplies to attend Academy of Nail Technology & Esthetics.
“If you have followed me on social media or my business pages, you know what my goal is. I wanted to further my skin care knowledge by getting my license in esthetics,” she wrote on her YouCaring site, explaining that the school doesn’t offer financial aid, and she’s currently not eligible for scholarships.
Edney had pulled in a few small donations. But then on Saturday, supermodel Teigen appears to have donated $5,605 to make up the difference. ““I’ve seen this be your passion for such a long time now,” Teigen wrote along with her donation. “So excited to see you fulfill your dream!”
Edney responded with a tearful Instagram post. “I have been crying all night and I cried in the office this morning as I paid my downpayment for esthetician school,” she wrote. “I haven’t been this happy in a very long time. Thank you Chrissy and thank you to everyone else who voted or rtd my link or have supported me this entire time.”
Something absolutely amazing happened last night. Many of you know how much I love skin care and my plans to attend esthetician school next month. Last night I posted my tuition fundraiser on twitter and something I never in my wildest dreams happened. My paypal alert went off, and as I looked at my phone, there was amount of $5605. I thought it was a glitch. I then look at my email and realized it came from my fundraiser. @chrissyteigen donated my entire tuition money for school. I have been crying all night and I cried in the office this morning as I paid my downpayment for esthetician school. I haven't been this happy in a very long time. Thank you Chrissy and thank you to everyone else who voted or rtd my link or have supported me this entire time. It means more to me than you'll ever know. 💜💜 #ixorabb #futureesthetician
And as of press time, her fundraising page has pulled in $6,420.
Teigen isn’t the only celebrity ready to pay it forward for a deserving fan.
Taylor Swift is famous for being generous with her fans, like when she helped one Swiftie pay off her student loans in 2015. The singer sent Rebekah Bortnike a care package with a $1,989 check in it (in honor of her album “1989” naturally) and a note reading, “now you’re $1989 closer to paying off those student loans.” The video of Bortnike opening her gifts went viral.
The “Shake It Off” singer also not only flew Canadian fan Jacob Thomas and his mom and sister to NYC that same year to watch her play the Jingle Ball – she also put them up in a hotel with their own valet, and stocked the fridge with mozzarella sticks, Thomas’ favorite snack. And this was all because she loved the boy’s YouTube lip sync homage to her single “1989.”
Simon Cowell got a mean rap for being the most acerbic “American Idol” judge, but it turns out that he really has a heart of gold. He donated more than $160,000 for an 18-month-old girl’s cancer treatment for neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2009. And last year he gave nearly $35,000 for three-year-old U.K. youngster Kian Musgrove’s cancer fundraiser.
Even “Selfish” author Kim Kardashian has shown she’s got sole. The reality star was so moved after seeing a Kansas teenager’s charity drive to donate 2,000 pairs of shoes to the Soles For Souls charity on Dish Nation one night, that she and Kanye West donated 1,000 pairs of Adidas and Kardashian Kollection shoes
I'm up breastfeeding & watching this show Dish Nation. I heard the cutest story of a girl who is trying to find 1000 pairs of shoes -cont-
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 10, 2015
to donate to this charity Soles For Souls! They helped her during Hurricane Katrina. I think I know the designer of Shoe of the Year Award!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 10, 2015
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