The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. 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 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. SCSF attracts candidates from all backgrounds, nationwide. They all have a compelling desire to pursue higher education, in spite of many personal, socioeconomic setbacks, including teen pregnancy, former incarceration, interrupted schooling, poverty, and homelessness.
SCSF attracts candidates from all backgrounds, nation-wide. They all have a compelling desire to pursue higher education, in spite of many personal, socio-economic setbacks, including teen pregnancy, former incarceration, interrupted schooling, poverty, and homelessness. They are hardworking, resilient and determined individuals who want to make positive contributions to their local and global communities, and they turn to the SCSF to make their ambitions and dreams possible.
All high school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2yr or 4yr) college students, and students in vocational or trade schools who meet the requirements below are eligible.
You can begin your application on April 1st. The deadline for the application is April 30th (11:59 PM EST). Please note that incomplete and late applications are not eligible.
You do not have to be currently enrolled in school to apply, but you must show evidence from an accredited institution that you will be enrolling, and that the scholarship support you seek will be applied there. The typical scholarship recipients demonstrate resiliency in the face of hardship, give back to their communities, and have GPAs between 2.0 and 3.0. Students with GPAs above this range are still encouraged to apply.
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1-Start your application early and complete it on time. The earlier you start the application, the better chance you have to submit the application before the deadline. You also have more time to ask us questions in case any part of the process needs clarification.
2-Tell us about yourself and use specific details when sharing your extracurricular activities. We do not know anything about you until you share it with us. Specific details can help us understand how great you are. The same can be said about your essay. We don’t expect the essay to run too long but make sure your essay helps us learn more about you and your perspectives.
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Please read more about the scholarship here https://www.shawncartersf.com/scholarship-fund/
The partnership between the Shawn Carter Foundation and the Institute for International Education (IIE)/Gilman International Scholarship Program is designed to expand the global experiences and leadership opportunities for underserved students through establishment of full study-abroad scholarships.
Eligible Shawn Carter Scholars will undergo a screening and selection process by IIE/Gilman and a short list of recommended students will be forwarded to Shawn Carter Foundation for final selection of awardees. All students are required to complete a follow-on service project so that their study abroad experiences and insights are shared back with their home, school and communities, a necessary component of “giving back.”
To inquire about our study abroad program, please visit the SCSF contact us page. To apply for a scholarship, visit the Gilman Scholarship Program website at www.iie.org/gilman.
The mission of the Shawn Carter Foundation is to help individuals facing socioeconomic hardships further their education at postsecondary institutions. The Shawn Carter Foundation was established in 2003 as a 501c3 public charity (“Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund”) by Shawn Carter and his mother, Gloria Carter. Since the Foundation’s inception, over $2.9M have supported initiatives to empower youth and communities in need through the Foundation’s signature scholarship fund, annual college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and give back programs.
Shawn Carter Foundation
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1450 Brickell Ave, 18th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
You can read more updates directly on the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund website. It would be nice to start your student scholarship application early, as advised, in the first of April.