“… Master of puppets, I’m pulling your strings, yeah, twisting your mind and smashing your dreams. Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing. Just call my name, I’ll hear you scream …” IT’S METALLICA, BABY! The most legendary and iconic metal band in the industry (don’t come for us, we’re just spittin’ facts.)
If we were to mention tracks such as ‘The Unforgiven II,’ ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘Sad But True,’ ‘Master Of Puppets,’ ‘Fade To Black,’ and so on, you would know exactly who we’re talking about, Metallica! What we bet you don’t know is that the metal band has a scholars initiative program, and year two is commencing in 3, 2, 1 … Sabbra Cadabra!
What Is The Scholars Initiative Program?
The Metallica Scholars Initiative was founded in 2019, through a partnership between the band’s All Within My Hands foundation, and the American Association of Community Colleges. 10 colleges from communities that had supported Metallica during the band’s recent U.S. tours were selected through a competitive application process. Each winning school received $100,000 to put towards programs designed to support students training to enter the American workforce.
Final reports from all 10 schools, and their more than 700 first-wave Metallica Scholars, revealed an overall 80-90% program completion rate, and 95% job placement for the scholars that completed their certifications and studies.
This year, the initiative’s second year of operation, the band is adding 5 more community colleges to the list (a total of fifteen schools), and the program will also be receiving matching grants from new partners, supplementing All Within My Hands’ $1.5 Million contribution.
Why Does This Matter?
The Metallica Scholars Initiative Program helps change people’s lives. Essentially, without generous donations and the support of this program, many of these scholars may not have had the means to pay their way through college. The program helps them do this and improves their lives.
Here’s a few personal statements from those involved and benefiting from the program:
“This opportunity that All Within My Hands afforded me has absolutely been instrumental in changing the course of my life. Thank you for seeing a need and being the agent through which real change is happening in my life. My children get to witness me make a life course change and see firsthand that out of adversity can come greatness and the being resilient is possible no matter what happens to us in life.”—Metallica Scholar: Angelic Ewing, Spokane Community College.
“Our 2019 Metallica Scholars have exceeded expectations and inspired us in more ways than we could have possibly imagined. We’re really excited to be able to expand the initiative in its second year, assisting more students in achieving their dreams and transforming their lives in 2020.” -Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.
“The impact of the Metallica Scholars Initiative has been extremely gratifying. We are indebted to all the schools, the AACC, and co-sponsors such as Wolverine, for their dedication to making this program successful and their help in changing the lives of so many people. This transformative effect is exactly what the band and the board had hoped for when we started this program.”-Dr. Edward Frank, Executive Director of All Within My Hands.
Not only do Metallica rock on stage, but off stage as well. Keep on rockin’ my dudes!
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