Beyonce and Jay-Z pledge 2m for scholarships.
The Carters’ charities, BeyGOOD and Shawn Carter Foundation, have teamed up with Tiffany & Co. to fund places at five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as part of their About Love campaign. They have daughter Blue Ivy, nine, and twins Rumi and Sir, four.
“Their relentless dedication to lifting underrepresented groups is the inspiration for the About Love Scholarship program,” Tiffany & Co. Chief Sustainability Officer Anisa Kamadoli Costa said of Beyoncé and JAY-Z.
The funds will be distributed to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Bennett College in North Carolina, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Arkansas, and Central State University in Ohio. In order to be eligible, incoming and current students must be eligible for financial aid, with priority given to those who are most in need.
Students must be pursuing degrees in areas like media, performance, visual arts, and design, as well as history and communications.
Applications will be available on the universities’ websites from Friday, September 10th, until September 26th, and rewards will be offered to students depending on their financial needs.
The scholarship program has been well received by universities.
“We would like to thank the Shawn Carter Foundation, BeyGOOD, The Carters, and the Tiffany & Co. family for including Lincoln University in this outstanding donation,” stated Lincoln University President Dr. Brenda A. Allen in a statement.
“Being a part of The Shawn Carter Foundation HBCU Bus Tour has allowed us to create a tremendous collaboration over the years.” Supporting the arts and humanities on our campus is a top priority for Lincoln. Providing financial assistance to students pursuing these majors allows them to devote more time to their studies.”
“We appreciate the assistance of BeyGood, the Shawn Carter Foundation, The Carters, and Tiffany & Co.,” said Central State University President Dr. Jack Thomas.
“Because our students come from a variety of socioeconomic situations, this opportunity is timely.” These funding will have a huge impact on who we recruit and how successful our students are as they go through graduate and professional schools and into careers.”