The SCSF was founded on the belief that any desiring individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults. The SCSF provides individual grants ranging from $1500 to $2500 to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, 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.
All high school seniors, undergraduate (2yr or 4yr) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools are eligible to apply. All applicants must be US citizens, 25 years old or younger, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. The application must be completed by the published deadline date.
Once you start your application, you may pause and continue at a later time, but you will not be allowed to continue past the deadline date. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission, so make sure all questions are answered, and all required documents are included in your final submission.
WHO ARE SHAWN CARTER SCHOLARS
The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation (SCSF) attracts candidates from all backgrounds, nation-wide. They all have a compelling desire to pursue higher education, in spite of many personal, socio-economic setbacks, including teen pregnancy, former incarceration, interrupted schooling, and homelessness. They are hardworking, resilient and determined individuals who want to make positive contributions to their local and global communities, and they turn to the SCSF to make their ambitions and dreams possible.
A recent snapshot of the 2012 applicants seeking support from SCSF reveals the following:
• 64% come from single parent households
• 65% come from households earning $40,000 or less
• 35%+ represent households at the federal poverty level
• 3.68 is the average household size
• 50 US states are represented in the applicant pool
Answers to FAQs and the application can be found here: http://www.shawncartersf.com/programs/scholarship/