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Jay Z and Mom Gloria Carter Announce 2016 Scholarship Fund for First-Generation College Students

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Some may call him the ‘Black Bill Gates,’ others the greatest rapper to roam the streets of Brooklyn, but one thing is for sure, mogul Jay Z holds education dear to his heart.

According to the Chicago Defender, the Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school students and undergraduates entering college for the first time. The scholarship was established in 2003 by the businessman and his mother, Gloria Carter, to offer a unique opportunity to students who are faced with financial hardship and whose road to college defy the norm. Since its inception, over $3.6 million has 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 giveback programs.

The scholarship is open to those who have been incarcerated or who have faced particular life challenges but still want to pursue a higher education. It is a program that gives students a unique chance to pursue higher education despite their backgrounds.

Students who have either graduated from high school or earned their G.E.D. are asked to apply. The minimum grade point average is 2.0. Targeted students must have a strong desire to attend college and earn their degree. Also, students must have a desire to give back to their communities.

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 high school seniors, undergraduate students at two-year or four-year institutions and vocational or trade school students are eligible to apply.

The deadline for this scholarship is April 30, and the award amount ranges from $1,500 – $2,500.

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