Actor and Comedian Kevin Hart has started the “Help from the Hart Charity Scholarship” providing scholarships to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Heart’s fund partnered with the “Knowledge is Power Program” and the “United Negro College Fund” to raise $600,000 for 18 students. Hart surprised the recipients by appearing at an event held for the winners in Los Angeles.

“Education and knowledge are powerful,” Hart said in a statement. “I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCU’s. This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”

The students receiving the Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship graduated from KIPP public charter schools in West Helena, Arkansas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. They are attending Spelman College, Xavier University, Florida Memorial University, Morehouse College, Bethune-Cookman University, Fisk University, Tuskegee University, Lincoln University, Clark Atlanta University, Philander Smith College and Dillard University.

This is Hart’s second time making a donation to the United Negro College Fund. In 2015, the comedian gave UNCF $100,000 to support four students’ college educations.

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