Thursday, 29 August 2013

THE CULTURE MIX: The Ziggy Marley Artist Scholarship + Burger King funds students’ tuition fees + Terry McMillan’s newest pageturner

Who Asked You?, the latest novel from Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and The Interruption of Everything comes the 395-page tale of a Black Los Angeles family, specifically the disharmony around bickering sister Betty Jean, Arlene and Venetia, as they watch their kids stumble into adulthood. Publishers Weekly raves, “It’s a well-crafted story of acceptance, forgiveness and hope.” Out Sept. 17 via Viking Adult.

The Burger King National Scholarship programme, now in its 12th year, has awarded $3.5 million worth of scholarships to 23 students who excelled in the 2012/13 academic year and are heading off to high school and university. The funds will offset tuition costs over the course of the next five years. The programme conceived by Lois Sherwood, was created in 2001 to annually aid students who perform well in their exams are in need of assistance to fund their academic pursuits. 

The California-based LAMA College for Music Professionals will be offering the Ziggy Marley Artist Scholarship annually, effective this September, to the most deserving applicant for the college’s music degree programme. “It’s a great honour,” faculty member Tom Alysebury, “for LAMA to offer incoming students such a prestigious scholarship in Ziggy Marley’s name.”

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