This week we are teaming with Usher, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nick Cannon and Darren Criss to surprise several worthy students across the country with a kind gesture to celebrate the end of the school year. Starting Monday, May 6, and premiering throughout that week, MTV, MTV2 and mtvU will air segments in which hardworking, civic-minded students are surprised with appearances, grants and gifts from the networks and some of the biggest celebrities in pop culture. Each segment will premiere on MTV during the 4 p.m. ET/PT hour and subsequently run on MTV2 and mtvU.
Our week begins today at Howard University, with Usher and MTV’s Sway Calloway astonishing student Corey Arvinger with a $12,000 check to pay off his debt and get him back to school. The funds are provided by mtvU and SALT, a free resource that helps college students and recent alumni break down the overwhelming world of student debt and take charge of their finances. Additionally, Howard University agreed to match the donation with another check for $12,000 to further his education, as part of the University’s Bridging the Gap Student Campaign. Arvinger had been working two jobs at home while trying to raise tuition money by crowdsourcing small donations online.