Sean Carter Foundation Scholarship

MISSION

The mission of the Shawn Carter Foundation is to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning.

HISTORY

The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation was conceived of in 2002 and officially established as a 501(c)3 public charity in 2003 by Shawn & Gloria Carter.With an original vision and mission to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning, Shawn and Gloria Carter kicked off the Foundation’s efforts by awarding one student with full college tuition in 2002. In 2003, the Foundation provided 50 scholarships to students in 50 different states. Since 2004 the Foundation has provided scholarships to a growing number of students from across the nation. In 2005, in addition to providing scholarship awards, the Foundation launched the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation College Tours. Since the Foundation’s inception, over 750 students have received awards totaling over $1.3 million dollars. The Foundation is currently on the precipice of growth and is reviewing its current grant-making priorities as it plans for expansion as the Shawn Carter Foundation.

Shawn Carter Scholars are studying at over 100 institutions of higher learning throughout the nation.

Shawn Carter Scholars receive financial support from the Shawn Carter Foundation from college admission to college graduation.

Oftentimes students’ educational progress is derailed by financial burdens unrelated to tuition.  That is why Shawn Carter Scholarships can be used to defray the costs of books and lab fees, food, travel and other self-care expenses.

SCHOLARSHIP

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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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/

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