Metallica Announces Second Year of Metallica Scholars Initiative for Community Colleges


Metallica ‘s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett – Story by Charles Ken, photo by Ken Settle

The first year of the Metallica Scholars Initiative was so successful that the guys are expanding the efforts in 2020

Metallica are a philanthropic bunch, and in that spirit, the guys are bringing back their Metallica Scholars Initiative after seeing the positive impact it had its first year in motion.

Metallica kicked the program off in 2019, donating $100,000 to 10 community colleges across the United States. In 2020, Metallica has pledged to send donations to 15 schools.

The purpose of initiative is to support community colleges and their career and technical education programs. After the initial year, Metallica got reports back from all 10 schools involved, and the numbers were great. The first-wave Metallica scholars had an overall 80-90 percent completion rate.

“Our 2019 Metallica Scholars have exceeded expectations and inspired us in more ways than we could have possibly imagined,” Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said in a statement. “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.”

“This opportunity that All Within My Hands afforded me has absolutely been instrumental in changing the course of my life,” added 2019 Metallica Scholar Angelic Ewing of Spokane Community College. “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.”

The Metallica Scholars initiative is part of the group’s All Within My Hands charity foundation. For information, head to

In other news, on Thursday night (Jan. 30), Metallica’s James Hetfield made his first public appearance since entering rehab at the opening reception for his “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection Exhibition” collection at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

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