Susan Kelechi Watson Tells How Denzel & Phylicia Rashad Paid For Chadwick Boseman and Her’s Oxford Education

This Is Us” star Susan Kelechi Watson told a fascinating story while appearing on “Live! With Kelly and Ryan.” She and a few of her Howard University classmates including Chadwick Boseman had the opportunity to study at Oxford for a summer — but it was paid for by alumna Phylicia Rashad and Denzel Washington.

She said, “I remember a friend of mine reached out to Phylicia Rashad, who is also an [alumna] of Howard and got on the phone with Phylicia, and Phylicia was like, ‘Oh no you’re going!’ And we were like, ‘Ok…’ She was like, ‘I will call you back.’”

“The next thing you know she calls back and says, ‘Denzel and I are paying for you guys to go,’” Watson added. “I’m happy to say he paid for my scholarship to go and we went and had this amazing summer that changed all of our lives. I saw Mr. Washington at some occasion years later and I said, ‘Excuse me Mr. Washington, you paid for my scholarship to go,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re welcome.’”


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