The Institute for International Education (IIE) has an unlikely new partner in sponsoring study abroad experiences for students: Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation (SCF). Jay-Z’s foundation has teamed up with IIE and the Gilman International Scholarship Program to offer full study abroad scholarships for underserved students. According to the SCF website, the fund “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 such as books, lab sees, 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.”
Applying for the SCF scholarship requires students to undergo a screening and selection process. A short list of recommended students will then be sent to the Shawn Carter Foundation for final selection. Chosen students will be required to complete a follow-up service project, in order to share their study abroad experiences and insights with their school and community.