Celebrity Scholarships

Reach for the Stars: Celebrity-Inspired Scholarships

Any time there is a natural disaster or tragedy, you can bet Hollywood’s brightest stars will use their connections to help those in need. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are well known for their generosity and compassion, especially for those still struggling in New Orleans. When Super Storm Sandy struck the East Coast, several big name celebrities opened up their pocket books and even their homes to help complete strangers. Lady Gaga has made it her personal mission to end bullying; the list goes on and on. It should come as no surprise, then, that many celebrities also contribute large sums of cash to help struggling college students. Alec Baldwin, who set up a scholarship fund at the Tisch School of the Arts several years ago, recently made another $1 million gift to continue his support of talented students through the Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund. Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z, generously provides scholarships ($1,500 to $2,500 each) to help students achieve their college dreams. The students can re-apply for the grants every year until they finish college. Through the United Negro College Fund, Michael Jackson and little sister Janet have set up scholarships for students pursuing careers in music, art, theater and, of course, vocal performance. Here are a few other celebrity-inspired scholarships that are open to a variety of students.

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