Rapper Nas took a pause from celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first album Illmatic to make a power move with some heavy hitters in the technology industry. Nas has now partnered up with Google, Microsoft, General Assembly, and Hirepurpose to create what they are calling the “Opportunity Fund.” This fund is set up to provide scholarships for the underrepresented students in the tech industry such as women, veterans, African-Americans and Latinos.
“This is the start of what hopefully will be a contribution to what will be a more diverse and accessible community worldwide,” General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz said in a statement to BetaBeat.
This General Assembly–Nas collaboration began back in March when Nas met GA cofounder Matt Brimer at SXSW. Applications for the “Opportunity Fund” scholarship are being accepted through May 7th.