JAY-Z and Beyoncé have set up a new multi-million dollar scholarship aimed at helping young Black students pursue their artistic and creative ambitions. Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s newly-announced About Love scholarship is pledging $2 million to provide funding for students in the arts and creative fields at a select group of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The scholarship is a collaboration between JAY-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation, Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD charity program and luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co., whose latest ad campaign (also named “About Love”) stars the billion-dollar couple.
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“This opportunity is timely as our students come from many different socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Dr. Jack Thomas, the President of Central State University, in a statement. “These funds will have a tremendous impact on who we recruit and our students’ success as they move on to graduate and professional schools and into their careers.”
Jay and Bey’s About Love fund will award scholarships to five small private and select state schools across the United States. Including Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Bennett College in North Carolina, University of AR-Pine Bluff in Arkansas and Central State University in Ohio.