The world of Wakanda may have changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever, and it's continuing to do so in the real world as well. Several Black Panther stars surprised one lucky student with a $250,000 full-ride scholarship to Loyola Marymount University.
The student, whose first name is Kalis, was surprised by Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira at The Hollywood Reporter's 2018 Women in Entertainment event held Wednesday in Los Angeles. They presented her with The Black Panther Scholarship, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, to continue her education at Loyola Marymount University. Kalis was part of THR's Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, now in its ninth year, and will be studying to become a pediatric dermatologist.
"We know that if we want to live in a world that looks more like Wakanda, the first step is you invest in women and girls," said Gurira, who played Okoye, a member of the Dora Milaje in the MCU. Boseman, who portrayed the Black Panther, then unveiled the recipient while thanking Disney for its vision. At the ceremony, a total of $1.8 million in scholarships was given out as part of the program's mission to foster education in the name of gender equality and diversity.
"Black Panther has shown the world how much you can achieve when you make stories not just for one group of people but for every group," added Nyong'o, who played Nakia in the film. Kalis eventually joined them on stage, made the Wakandan salute, vowing to make a difference in the world.
"I would like to thank my parents who birthed me, who made me who I am today. ... I just want to stand and say this is for girls who live in Compton, who live in Inglewood, and this is for girls and men who face adversaries," said Kalis. "I just want to say that we can do it and it is possible."