The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time. The purpose of the scholarship is to help under-served students who may not be eligible for other scholarships.
The scholarship fund was established by Gloria Carter and her son Shawn Carter—better known as rapper/ business mogul Jay-Z—to offer a unique opportunity to students who have been incarcerated or faced particular life challenges but still want to pursue higher education. The program gives them a chance that most other programs do not offer. The Carter Foundation is a firm believer in helping young people not only reach their career goals but also establish a secure future.
“By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults,” the program’s website reads. “The SCSF provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation.”
All high school seniors, undergraduate students at two-year or four-year institutions and vocational or trade school students are eligible. Students up to age 25 may apply. The scholarship can be used for tuition, room and board, books, fees and other college-related expenses.All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars.
Students who have either graduated from high school or earned their G.E.D. may apply. Minimum grade point average is 2.0. Students must have a strong desire to go to college and earn their degree. Students must also have a desire to give back to their communities.
All applications must be submitted by April 30, 2017. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.
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