Jay Z’s charitable presence is doing more than just showing up on stages. The Brooklyn rapper has donated over $1 million to help students study abroad.
Laquisha Springer, a 21-year-old behavioral neuroscience major at Connecticut College, was able to spend a semester at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen earlier this year after receiving a scholarship from Jigga’s charitable foundation. The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, helped four students travel to various study abroad programs around the world.
“It makes me proud, you know, to know that someone who is relatively close to my age and someone I can relate to who's had to struggle to get to where he is, that he's investing in my future,” she said.
While the "Holy Grail" rapper has caught some flack for not participating in social issues (see his tiff with Harry Belafonte), Hov is letting his foundation’s work do all the talking. Since the foundation’s inception, $1.3 million in scholarships have been granted to students. – Alley Olivier
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