ATLANTA, GA — Billionaire Robert F. Smith gave Morehouse scholars the ultimate graduation gift when he vowed to eliminate the student debt of the entire Class of 2019.
The technology investor, who received an honorary doctorate from the HBCU, made the surprise announcement during the institution’s Sunday morning commencement.
“On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re going to put a little fuel in your bus,” he said during his speech. “This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”
In 2015, he married Hope Dworaczyk. John Legend, Seal and Brian McKnight reportedly sang at their wedding.
Dworaczyk is a model, TV host and reality television personality. The 34-year-old is the host and co-producer for “Inside Fashion,” a series on Canada’s E! network.
She’s also made appearances on “The Celebrity Apprentice” and Fox’s “The Choice.”
Smith has five children, three with his first wife Suzanne McFayden-Smith and two with Dworaczyk.
This article was written by Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.