Rapper Nicki Minaj promised a freshman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette over Twitter that she would pay the more than $1,000 left in his student account.
After she started a contest Saturday promoting good grades for financial support with education costs, UL-Lafayette kinesiology major Artavion Cook tweeted at Minaj a screenshot of the $1,172 left to pay in his student account at the university.
Minaj responded to Cook saying, "Send me ur info. I'll pay it."
Cook said Sunday he had interacted with Minaj before on Twitter, but he was still surprised when the offer came in.
Cook said he could not disclose whether or not he had received the money or been in further contact with Minaj. However the 18-year-old said Minaj has "always shown me love."
"She has always stressed to her fans the importance of education," said Cook, who wants to be a dermatologist. "She's really an amazing person. … I love everything about her."
Send me ur info. I'll pay it https://t.co/NTToY4OSPO— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
Minaj released her new single, "Regret in Tears," early Saturday and then announced the original contest for followers to create a video of them performing the song. The creator of her favorite entry will be flown to meet her and hang out, the rapper wrote on Twitter.
Around 9 p.m. Saturday, one follower asked Minaj if she wanted to pay his tuition, and Minaj tweeted back: "Show me straight A's that I can verify w/ur school and I'll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?! Dead serious. Shld I set it up?"
Within the hour Cook tweeted "sis, this is how much I have left to pay" with a picture of his student account from UL-Lafayette. Cook is one of more than 20 people Minaj promised to help out with their education costs, from tuition to student loans.
@NICKIMINAJ 😭😭😭thank you so muchhhh. I just dm'd you.— //artavion☀️ (@socialenemy_) May 7, 2017
TMZ reported at least two people have already received funds from Minaj.