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Wale gifts struggling student with college scholarship

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Jul 23, 2013 | 10:27am EDT

Rapper Wale has helped a financially-strapped college student stay in school by awarding her a $25,000 (£16,670) scholarship. The Pretty Girl hitmaker offered up the prize as part of a Norfolk, Virginia radio competition to celebrate the recent release of his hit new album, The Gifted, and Lauren Pryor was announced as the winner after becoming the 25th caller to enter the 103 Jamz station's sweepstakes. Pryor, who studies psychology at Virginia's Hampton University, admits she couldn't be more grateful to Wale for the generous donation because she feared she would have to drop out of school due to a lack of funds. She says, "Winning this scholarship was truly a blessing. Almost not returning to Hampton University in the fall (autumn) because of expenses, I was exceedingly fortunate to receive this scholarship. It was truly a test of faith." Wale, 28, decided to give back to the local community after earning a scholarship to play American football at Virginia State University. He also studied at Illinois' Robert Morris University and Bowie State University in Maryland before finding fame as a hip-hop star.

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