What do Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, will.i.am and Bill Cosby have in common? They want to help you pay for school! We keep telling you there are billions of dollars in scholarship aid available to you. How cool is it that some of it comes from your favorite celebrities? Celebs who give back are pretty awesome!
Go To College On A Celebrity's Dime
Whether you’re a senior trying to lock down financial aid or a freshman just starting to think about college, these scholarships can help you achieve your goal of graduating from college. Check them out and be sure to apply for all the scholarships you qualify for before the deadlines!
In 2009, will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas created the i.am Scholarship to provide future leaders in film & television, journalism, computer science, and new media with financial assistance for all four years of their college education. Each recipient of the scholarship will also receive professional opportunities at Dipdive.com, will.i.am's social networking site, during college and upon graduation. Eligibility for this scholarship is based on outstanding academic record and financial need. The i.am Scholarship has partnered with Oprah's Angel Network, Scholarship America, and College Track over the past few years to help students in fulfilling their dream of attending college. For more information about this scholarship, please visit iamscholarship.dipdive.com.
The Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Scholarship
Janet Jackson established the Rhythm Nation Scholarship in a joint venture with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). This scholarship is available to African American students who attend a participating UNCF college or university and who major in communications, art, music, English, or performing arts. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must complete the FAFSA and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more information about this scholarship, please visit uncf.org.
Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship
Founded by Katie Holmes, Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, and Carrie Ann Inaba, the Dizzy Feet Foundation increases access to dance education throughout the United States. The Dizzy Feet Foundation awards scholarships to talented students who demonstrate financial need and study at nationally recognized and/or accredited dance schools, studios, universities, and institutions. Scholarships of up to $10,000 per student may be granted annually. The application process for this scholarship is by invitation only. The foundation works with eligible institutions to discover potential scholarship candidates. Eligible institutions may recommend up to two students each year and will be provided with application materials and current application criteria. For more information about the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship, please visit dizzyfeetfoundation.org.
Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship
The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate students and students at vocational or trade schools between the ages of 18 and 25. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a GPA of at least 2.5. These scholarships range in amount from $1,500 to $2,500. For more information visit http://www.shawncartersf.com/apply/
Earl Woods Scholarship
In 2006, the Tiger Woods Foundation established the Earl Woods Scholarship Program to honor the vision and spirit of Tiger's mentor and father, Earl Woods. The Earl Woods Scholarship is open to high school seniors from select geographic regions (or by invitation) who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and plan to enroll in an accredited 4-year university in the United States immediately after high school. Selected recipients will receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 (renewable for up to four years) and will be provided multiple mentoring and internship opportunities throughout their college career. For more information about the Earl Woods Scholarship, please visit tigerwoodsfoundation.org.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program was established in 1999 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This scholarship program provides outstanding students of various ethnicities with an opportunity to obtain an undergraduate college degree in any area of interest. Each year, 1,000 scholarships are awarded. For more information about the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, please visit gmsp.org.
Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship Program
Bruce Lee’s legacy can help you karate chop your way through your tuition bills through the Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship Program.
The Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship is available to students age 16 and older who will be attending or are already attending a two-year college, four-year university, or licensed trade and vocational school in the United States. Preference is given to applicants who are involved in extracurricular activities, volunteer or work, demonstrate future potential and have knowledge of Bruce Lee. Scholarship awards are $1,000 each. To learn more visit http://bruceleefoundation.com
The Christopher Reeve Award
Christopher Reeve was more than just Superman; he was super at giving back. Throughout his lifetime, he gave to the Make a Wish Foundation and Save the Children.
In order to qualify for the Christopher Reeve Award, students should be nominated by a non-relative who must detail the student’s community service efforts in the application. The application should show the student’s “tremendous passion and caring in serving his or her community.”
The Christopher Reeve Award is worth $1,000 and nominations are accepted between September 1 and October 31 each year. Get more information here http://www.heartofamerica.org/scholarships.htm
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