The SCSF is accepting submissions from eligible students

Established in 2003, The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is specifically designed to reach students who are too often left out of the scholarship pool. Gloria Carter and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter founded the charity on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. The mission of the foundation is to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their higher education.

“There are so many kids that want to go to school but they are underserved,”

said Ms. Carter.

79% of the foundation’s newly chosen recipients come from single parent households. 64% are first generation college students and more than fifty states are represented. The SCSF has also partnered up with the Institute for International Education (IIE)/Gilman International Scholarship. The program is designed to expand the global experiences and leadership opportunities for underserved students through establishment of full study-abroad scholarship.

Ms. Carter said,

“We partnered up with them (IIE) because the organization already had abroad programs in place. They want to send kids around the world to educate them and my thought was this is something that’s great. By doing this you expose them to other cultures.”

Since the Foundation’s inception, over $2.9 million dollars have supported initiatives to empower youth and communities in need. The foundation has supported annual college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and giveback programs. SCSF provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars. This year’s application process ends on April 30th so make sure you visit this link to apply.
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