Supporting individuals who face socio-economic hardship and struggle to further their education at post-secondary institutions, the Shawn Carter Foundation has empowered youth and communities in need since 2003.
Established by the legendary rapper, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter and his mother, Gloria Carter, the Foundation offers a diverse range of scholarship programmes and initiatives to give students the best start in life!
But a new partnership between the Shawn Carter Foundation and the Institute for International Education (IIE)/Gilman International Scholarship Programme is giving underserved students the chance to study overseas, expand their international outlook and develop into global leaders.
The full study-abroad scholarship, the IIE/Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Partnership is now open to applications.
Expected to complete a follow-on service project while abroad, successful applicants will serve the greater good and share their insights with their home school and communities.
What do past students think about this scholarship?
Successful recipients of the scholarship have shared their experiences and outlined their opportunities for others to see.
Northwestern University student, Natalie Holman, chose Barcelona has her study abroad city.
“This program allowed me to immerse in a new lifestyle, environment, culture, and nurture my deep commitment to public health. It has also allowed me to engage in the global community around me, helping me realize that I am not just a citizen of the US, I am a citizen of the world. I can learn so much from the people around me. There are very real issues going on worldwide, and this opened my eyes to a completely new perspective. This has helped me understand that we are truly connected in some way,” Natalie states.
CUNY City College student Clinton Langston, Jr. chose Paris France for his overseas scholarship. He says: “While abroad I earned a chance to study the innovation and influence of Coco Chanel. More importantly, I learned how the production of fashion was nearly shutdown in Europe due to the World Wars. For the first time in my life I was studying what I loved!”
What are the requirements and how do I apply?
To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, you must be:
– A citizen of the United States.
– An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States.
– Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that you will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of your study abroad programme or internship.
– Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programmes in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2.
For further information about the requirements, click here.
Or, to apply or view the scholarship application, click here.
Breaking down barriers between learning and passion, the scholarship enables students to explore subjects they love and gain real-world experience in their future profession.
By removing financial restraint, such as concerns surrounding study costs, the scholarship also supports students from the very first day of their international adventure.
So, if you’re ready to take your skills to a dream study destination, what are you waiting for?