What do Jay-Z, Kid Rock, will.i.am, Eli Manning, Katie Holmes and Alec Baldwin have in common? They’re all using their fame and fortune to help American kids hit the books without going broke!
This diverse crew of headline grabbers joins President Obama in the fight to keep college affordable — and POTUS lead the charge Tuesday night with a bold battle cry during his third State of the Union:
“When kids do graduate, the most daunting challenge can be the cost of college. At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. Extend the tuition tax credit we started that saves middle-class families thousands of dollars. And give more young people the chance to earn their way through college by doubling the number of work-study jobs in the next five years.”
Preach it, Prez! We hope DC comes through with the goods — but in the meantime, consider the collegiate cash up for grabs from these charitable stars:
+ The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation
Hovah knows you got 99 problems, but tuition shouldn’t be one. So the high-minded hip-hop maestro set up this org to provide individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The proud papa, who’ll be sending his baby girl Blue Ivy off to college glory in 18 years, is always looking to raise more “dead presidents” to help young hustlers avoid the “hard knock life” — he hosted a charitable carnival in NYC and has two super special benefit shows scheduled at Carnegie Hall in NYC on February 6 and 7.
+ Kid Rock’s Made In Detroit Scholarship
This all-American headbanger wants your education to be born free. The unofficial rock star mayor of Motor City has partnered up with Wayne State University to sell a special edition “Made in Detroit” t-shirt that funds a $25,000 scholarship for music students — proving that aspiring artists can still be homegrown in his beloved city.
+ will.i.am’s i.am scholarship
The Black Eyed Peas flashy prodigy teamed up with College Track to create a fund that will make four students’ post-secondary education dreams a reality – plus offer an inside track to job prospects at Dipdive, the BEP-endorsed “lifestyle engine for music, art, action and more.” I gotta feeling that some wannabe grad school all-stars just can’t get enough of this sweet opportunity.
+ Eli Manning’s Ole Miss Opportunity
The Super Bowl-bound QB 1 and his NFL wife gave a giant $1 million donation to create the Ole Miss Opportunity, an academic scholarship program at their Southern alma mater. That’s one helluva a “hail mary” pass to financially strapped students looking to score a game-winning touchdown against the school’s recent 6.5% tuition hikes.
+ Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship Program
What happens when three So You Think You Can Dance? judges — producer Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman and choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba — team up with actress Katie Holmes? A totally badass dance scholarship. DUH. Along with their super star steering committee, which includes Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Lopez, this fairy crunk crew distributes dough — up to $10,000 annually — to the future Mia Michaels and Lil Cs who can’t afford formal training. So if you want to pop and lock down some financial aid, better step up to this awesome opportunity.
+ The Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund
Think you got the acting chops to follow in the most badass Baldwin’s thespian footsteps? The hilar star, who plays “30 Rock’s” whacky wingnut VP, established this scholarly stash at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts — he’s a grad from the Class of ’94 — to support students seeking careers in the spotlight. Yet another reason to vote Jack Donaghy for Mayor!
No doubt, these celeb scholarships are DOPE — but don’t forget you can defend your bank account with yet another weapon of mass tuition reduction: the new “My College Dollars” app from MTV, Get Schooled and the College Board. Jason Derulo has the deets on how this app demystifies the federal financial hook-up so you can dig up more dough for your diploma — and a chance to win 2 tixs to the VMAs!
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