2014 has been a big year for Nas. Not only did he celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic in April, a Tribeca Film Festival doc and re-launch his Mass Appeal label, he is now venturing into education.
The VIBE Impact honoree has partnered up with educational startup Koru to offer students 10 scholarships, worth $2,750 each, in a special program that gives college grads experience in the workplace, CNN reports. Nas will also appear at a training session to offer advice and mentorship.
"I know how hard it can be to carve out your path and purpose in life," said Mr. Jones. "The young people going through Koru are gritty, book smart and street smart. The program gives them an opportunity to put those smarts to work. I can’t wait to work directly with them and share what I've learned through my own life experiences."
Throughout the four-week program, participants will work on projects within high level firms. Nas will also be investing in Koru through his own investment company, Queensbridge Venture Partners. The program is currently based in Seattle but will be launching another in San Francisco.
Nas is no rookie when it comes to backing start ups. He has supported more than 40 startups, including Rap Genius, Coinbase, Crowdtilt and Prism Skylabs.