The Carter family’s dedication to preserving HBCUs doesn’t stop at Beychella.
Toyota and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation have joined forces to make sure HBCUs are seen as valid options for prospective college students.
The project selected a group of college students to tour HBCUs across the country for seven days. The group will meet with admissions officials, former Carter scholars and student ambassadors from each institution.
Additionally, the foundation invited over 100 students in New York and New Jersey to college preparation workshops leading up to the tour’s kickoff.
The workshops will begin in September and will help pupils with ACT/SAT prep, resume construction, interviewing skills and how to dress in professional settings.
The Shawn Carter Foundation has helped over 200 students, and 100% of its scholars have been accepted to at least one school featured on tour.
The tour began at Morehouse College in Atlanta on April 22. Shawn Carter Foundation President Gloria Carter will appear on tour alongside HBCU alumni and former Shawn Carter Foundation scholars.
The Carters have shown consistent support for HBCUs since Beyoncé’s 2018 show at Coachella. Last year, Beyoncé started her Homecoming Scholars initiative, formerly known as the Foundation Scholars Award. She gave one student from eight HBCUs a $25,000 scholarship each.
Yoncé described her love for HBCUs in her Homecoming documentary.
"I grew up in Houston, Texas, visiting Prairie View. We rehearsed at TSU for many years in Third Ward, and I always dreamed of going to an HBCU,” she said in her documentary. “My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world and life was my teacher.”
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