By Morgan Lawrence

New Orleans native and hip-hop icon, Percy Miller, aka “Master P” has signed on to co-host Le Sanctuary Book Club’s “Stars & Strikes Celebrity Day Soiree and Bowling Bash” during Essence Festival weekend. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Le Sanctuary’s mission to help local college-bound women purchase books for their freshman year.

The deadline for female, college-bound high school graduates to apply for the scholarship is June 2. The application can be found at

 The fundraiser will take place from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton Street

Le Sanctuary Book Club provides book scholarships to female high school seniors that will attend a college in Louisiana.  To date, the organization has awarded over 50 scholarships to deserving college-bound students. Almost 12 years ago when Hurricane Katrina touched down, Angela Young, president of the book club, started this program.

“It’s truly an honor and privilege to have entertainment mogul Master P support Le Sanctuary Book Club’s efforts to give back and raise awareness in the community,” Young says. “We appreciate Master P and other (high-profile individuals) who associate themselves with our efforts.”

With 25 years in the entertainment industry, Master P  is dedicated to continue to find ways to invest in the New Orleans community and city that has taught him the grit, commitment and motivation necessary to live a fulfilled life.

“It is extremely important to be a part of building a stronger New Orleans,” Master P says. “Being from the Calliope Projects, life wasn’t always easy, I understood at a young age how imperative education and experiences were for life choices. I am happy to be involved with Le Sanctuary Book Club, the work they do is essential for a healthy, happy and productive lifestyle.”