On Monday, Keri Hilson was honored to receive the "Get Schooled" Award on BET's 106 and Park. Her message? It's not just "pretty girls" who rock, persistent, passionate (and smart) ones do too.
Coming from "a family of educators," Hilson is well aware that getting a high school diploma can make a huge difference in one's life. The "Pretty Girls Rock" singer found her passion for singing early on but knew the importance of staying in the books well past high-school,earning a college degree from the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta. Now, she's on a mission with Get Schooled to promote a message that goes something like this, passion + education = success.
And if anyone knows a little about the road to success, it's Hilson. While accepting her award on 106 and Park, she told the audience that it's taken her 12 years to get to where she is now. Not overnight, 12 YEARS! But without an education and without an internal drive to do what she knew she could do, Hilson wouldn't be gracing millions of fans with an amazing voice and some pretty inspirational videos. Soon after she left the BET building, she tweeted her fans, "Life returns the blessings you give others." With her work on behalf of Get Schooled and MTV's Staying Alive Foundation, I'm betting that Hilson's got a lottttt more blessings coming her way.