The Sean Anderson Foundation, a nonprofit founded by rapper and Detroit native Big Sean, has committed $25,000 to establish an endowment for Wayne State University students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.
The grant’s recipient is WSU’s Helping Individuals Go Higher program, which was established in 2013 to provide short-term support to homeless WSU students. The Detroit-based Sean Anderson Foundation’s mission is to make young people’s lives better. Anderson’s mother, Myra Anderson, oversees operations.
“We see the HIGH Program as an important component of ensuring success at Wayne State, and we are proud to help strengthen its mission,” Myra Anderson says in a statement. “We aim to boost graduation rates at the university by providing support to students facing hardship.”
The HIGH program was established by Jacqueline Wilson, wife of WSU President M. Roy Wilson, as a response to the student homelessness issue that affects universities across the country.
“The Sean Anderson Foundation’s investment in the HIGH Program shows their commitment to assisting those in need,” Wilson says. “With this gift, we will be able to help Wayne State students who are experiencing homelessness work toward a brighter future.”