Laquisha Springer, a 21-year-old behavioral neuroscience major at Connecticut College, praised Jay Z’s foundation for the opportunity to study abroad due to a little-known partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
â€œI do not believe that there was a moment that I did not learn something new from studying abroad,â€ Springer said.
Jay Z has been criticized recently for his remark that â€œmy presence is charityâ€ in response to longtime civil rights activist and entertainer Harry Belafonteâ€™s criticism that Jay Z and Beyonce were not doing enough in the realm of social responsibility.
Springer was one of four students to receive one of the Shawn Carter Foundation-Gilman International Scholarships through the U.S. Department of Stateâ€™s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
â€œIt makes me proud, you know, to know that someone who is relatively close to my age and someone I can relate to whoâ€™s had to struggle to get to where he is, that heâ€™s investing in my future,â€ Springer, told Diverse Education. â€œThat shows me that he believes in my future.â€
The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation has awarded $1.3 million in scholarships to 188 students in addition to the four study abroad scholarships through the Gilman scholars program.
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