Nicki Minaj has a unique relationship with her fans that sees her personally engaging with them regularly on social media. During frequent exchanges with “The Barbz”, she does everything from give them updates on new projects, to answer their burning questions about her life, to joke with them about their often-hilarious reactions to her latest posts.
Since the beginning of her career, the chart-topping entertainer has used her special connection with the young adults in her fanbase to encourage them to stand up for themselves in the face of bullies, pursue their dreams and value education. Taking her push for education a step further, Nicki shocked the social media world in early 2017 when she spontaneously began responding to dozens of fans on Twitter who asked for help with their college expenses.
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
The unexpected wave of generosity led to the official establishment of Nicki’s #StudentOfTheGame initiative in early 2018, which allows fans the chance to have a wide variety of college expenses—including tuition, books, room and board and more— paid for by the rap queen herself.
This is the day that The Lord has made. Let us rejoice & be glad in it. 🙏🏾 pretty sure I’ll be announcing my #StudentOfTheGame winners tomorrow. 🎀 Tuitions, Student Loans, Books, etc. Took a bit longer than I expected to sort through all of them. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/IKjG8do2s4
To get on Nicki’s radar, a current, future, or recently-graduated college student can simply share their need, including the specific dollar amount of the expense(s), on social media using the #StudentofTheGame hashtag. Nicki and her team will then search the hashtag to choose an unidentified number of winners, whom she will message privately to share the news, and sometimes even announce it publicly via her Twitter account.
Hey @NICKIMINAJ I'm Ariyan Williams . I'm entering my second year at Midwestern State .I’m the first in my family to go to college. Everyone is helping me out to get to my degree. I’m only 8,000 short for paying this year off .#StudentOfTheGamepic.twitter.com/BXCTXw7OpZ
If anyone deserves #Studentofthegame Scholarship it’s my girl @__shesdopee. She’s so hardworking and has so much ahead of her for her Dermatology career. Her (single) Mother works so hard for her and her siblings/grandma, and it will relieve a huge burden off of their shoulders. pic.twitter.com/P3RunSj20w
According to a recent update from Nicki on social media, the latest round of #StudentOfTheGame winners are slated to be announced on June 11.
I am STILL going through my #StudentOfTheGame stuff y’all. I think I’ll go live on the 11th to announce the winners. This sh!t has been very time consuming but I’m so moved by your desires to stay in college. So proud. You have no idea. ♥️