Jay Z Has A Scholarship For People Who Want To Study Abroad

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison

There’s no mistake Jay-Z has been out here doing it for the culture for decades. Though he’s not one to brag about all the ways he gives back, his study abroad scholarship and cultural exchange programs are worth making noise about.

Through his Shawn Carter Foundation, Jay-Z is offering students unique exposure experiences through two study abroad and career development programs.

Jay-Z’s foundation has partnered with the Institute for International Education (IIE) and the University of the Arts London/London College of Communication for the IIE Gilman International Scholarship Partnership and the NY-LON Exchange Program.

According the Foundation’s website, the IIE Gilman International Scholarship Program is designed “to expand the global experiences and leadership opportunities for underserved students through establishment of full study-abroad scholarships.”

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NY-LON is a cultural exchange program designed “to increase the future employment prospects of underserved students by exposing them to a cross-cultural, academic, experiential, and professional development experience in creative industries.”

To apply for the programs, scholars must undergo a screening and selection process, Watch The Yard reported. Selected students must do a service project to share experiences and insights are shared back with their home, school and communities, a necessary component of “giving back.”

Jay-Z founded the Shawn Carter Foundation with his mother Gloria in 2003 to help “help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at post-secondary institutions.”

The Foundation offers several other programs for which youth and young adults through the age of 25 can apply for. To learn more, click here.

Kaliah Kearney, a Shawn Carter Scholar who graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2017, spoke of the transformative impact of receiving a scholarship from Jay-Z.

“Coming from a single-parent household with few resources, earning a higher education is a privileged opportunity that very few of us are blessed to have. So thank you Shawn Carter Foundation and my alma mater for recognizing my mind’s worth and investing in my future. I will always humbly remember where I started and exceed all expectations,” Kearney said.


About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/ishekah or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at iharrison@moguldom.com.