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Mary J. Blige

Charity Accused of Stiffing Scholarship Winners

6/3/2012 5:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mary J. Blige's charity isn't doing much for higher education, because some of the "beneficiaries" may have to drop out of college because MJB's foundation reportedly flaked out on paying tuition.

25 seniors who graduated from the all-girls Women’s Academy of Excellence in 2010 were promised four-year scholarships to the college of their choice, says the NY Post, but several of the girls say their tuition bills have gone unpaid.

Gennevive Sarfoah, for example, is attending SUNY Canton and made dean's list. She tells the paper the charity barely paid her bill in time the first year and she's received nothing since. She's had to take out a loan and if the charity doesn't help out soon, she says she'll probably have to drop out. 

The mother of another girl told the paper her daughter has gone through the same ordeal and has tried calling and emailing the charity, but gotten no response back.

As TMZ previously reported, Blige's charity was sued by TD Bank for failing to pay back a $250,000 loan. Blige told TMZ she "didn't have the right people in the right places doing the right things" and they were trying to fix things.


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Follow the money. Some 'charities' are not always what they say they are.

781 days ago


Apparently her 2008 tour grossed about 43 million dollars. I don't know what Mary J's share of that comes to but something tells me she could easily drop a million into the "fund" and get it going again. It doesn't take too long to find out the names of the schools for 25 girls and write out a check to them pronto. Would maybe take an afternoon. Lame.

781 days ago


How can ANYONE be surprised? Again a loser pretending to be really concerned for her race. B.S.

781 days ago

Paul Miller    

I would agree it looks just like another s*** bag trying to make people think she's a do gooder when it's obvious her PR people who she agrees with say it will help her personally make more money because her stupid fans will think she is so wonderful.

781 days ago


then you donate it for them mary j!

781 days ago


Mary I bet if You called Diddy up he has an extra $56,000 that he saved from his kids school if you gave him sexual favors he might help you.

781 days ago


She should be ashamed of herself. You can't act like you are this magnanimous figure who gives to the poor deserving women seeking an education and not back it up. MJ is a phony who wants to be an Oprah. She has the money to make this right and she should keep her word. If that means delving in to her own pocket, going without a few luxuries herself, than so be it. We are watching what you will do, Mary. Otherwise,
you are a fraud.

781 days ago


I think Mary should responsible for paying the tuitions. She should of been more diligent with her dealings within the charity. Don't just put your name on it... work it.. Make sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to.

781 days ago


A real life Michael Scott

780 days ago
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