The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund was established in order to support the educational goals of motivated students who have financial need. The scholarship can be used to cover a variety of expenses related to the college experience, such as traveling to visit schools, lab fees, and textbooks. One aspect that is unique to this scholarship, is that recipients are required to give back to the community by serving as a role model and mentor to future scholarships and through engaging in community service. Many students who have received this scholarship have overcome challenging social and economic circumstances, such as incarceration, homelessness, and poverty. Yet, the common thread that they all share is a desire to succeed and a refusal to stop pursuing their dream of a higher education.
In order to be eligible for the Shawn Carter Scholarships, students must meet a number of different eligibility criteria. The first is that the applicant is required to be a resident of citizen of the United States. Secondly, only students who have achieved at least a 2.0 grade point average or above will be considered for the award. The age requirement states that only students who are 25 years old or younger can apply for this scholarship. Finally, students from a variety of different programs can apply. For example, the applicant can be pursuing a degree at a two-year or four-year college, a trade school, a vocational training program, or the applicant can be in their final year of high school.
Students who receive these scholarships come from a variety of different backgrounds. Students from all fifty states have applied for the award. The majority of students who receive the scholarship are the first in their family to attend college and the majority also come from single family households. Nearly 60% of scholarship live in poverty and more than three quarters have household incomes which do not exceed $40,000.
In order to apply for this scholarship, students must log onto this website during the open application cycle. The application cycle opens April 1st of each year and closes April 30th. Only applications that have been completed will be reviewed. Students will need to go the the “Click Here to Begin Your Scholarship Application” button in order to start their application. The application is only visible during the open cycle, so check back during April if you are interested in applying.
Students often wonder how they can increase their chances of being selected as a Shawn Carter Scholar. The first recommendation that is provided by the funding agency is to begin the application process early, since only submitted applications that are received before the deadline are considered. The second is to ensure that you use enough detail when describing yourself to the funders. In addition, applicants are encouraged to proof read their applications for errors. Lastly, students have the option of submitting a photo. If an applicant decides to send one, the photo should be a professional head shot only.