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8.22.2013

Jay- Z Pays It Forward By Providing Scholarships To College Students Studying Abroad!!!!


"Just because it isn't seen, doesn't mean it isn't being done"

A year ago Jay-Z was criticized by legendary actor, Harry Belafonte, for turning his back on social responsibility. However, many do not know that Jay-Z has multiple charities and philanthropic endeavors that he chooses not to speak on. He would rather remain anonymous when doing good deeds rather than rub it in people's faces. For example, he recently sponsored a study abroad trip for four students this semester  through his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.


Through  the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs four dedicated students received the Shawn Carter Foundation Gilman International Scholarship. One of the students who received the scholarship was 21-year-old Laquisha Springer who is behavioral neuroscience major at Connecticut College.  The scholarship allowed her the opportunity to spend a semester earlier this year at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen



When asked about her experience abroad

"I never felt so alive until I took risks, had engaging conversations with people...i seemingly had nothing in common, explored a new city, ate food I had no idea what it was, and took classes from professors who have had experience in their field. I stepped and was gently nudged outside of my comfort zone. I do not believe that there was a moment that I did not learn something new from studying abroad."

On thanking Jay-Z investing in her future

"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. That shows me that he believes in my future."

Her response to the critics that say Jay- Z isn't doing enough

"So I'm assuming people, when they say he's not doing enough, they're expecting him to literally help the world. But for me, personally at least, his foundation has helped me out a lot since I've been a scholar."

Jay-Z obviously doesn't need any one's validation when it comes to giving back. As long as he knows whats good he doesn't care what people say!

Side SASS:  This was Laquisha's first time leaving the east coast!

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