Earlier this month, Nicki Minaj ignited a firestorm on Twitter not because of a new Remy Ma-themed diss track nor a pointed Meek Mill subtweet – but because she generously offered to pay for a fan’s school tuition. Minaj started off the night with a tweet asking her followers to participate in a contest to join the rap star at the Billboard Music Awards in Vegas, but what transpired from there was truly inspirational.
A fan asked her to help pay for her college tuition, and Minaj immediately responded, “Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ur school and I’ll pay it” – and she did. She then opened the spontaneous scholarship offer to all of her fans and, by the end of the night, had paid for dozens of their tuition bills. While this was a random giveaway born of nothing other than the star’s big heart and the love she has for her fans, she promised there would be more to come in the future.
This got us thinking about what else could be out there in terms of official celebrity-funded scholarships, and we’ve rounded up the four best for you, below.
Queen Bey continues to live up to her royal title by throwing financial support behind her “Formation” vision. On the one-year anniversary of the release of her amazing visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé announced the launch of Formation Scholars, a program that gives out four scholarships to the United State’s top creative colleges: Parsons School of Design, Berklee College of Music, Howard University, and Spelman College. Her goal clearly intends for a brighter future for young women, but details are still forthcoming on the application process.
Clara Lionel Foundation
Kode with Klossy
by Karlie Kloss
From her campaigns to save the coral reefs to her continuing encouragement of young women interested in STEM careers – Karlie Kloss never ceases to impress us. As an avid computer coder, Kloss has done extraordinary things, like programming her own drone to fly. The supermodel has a vision for a tech future filled with female leadership, and she aims at achieving it with her Kode with Klossy scholarship, through which she empowers young girls to be “Like a Kloss” and learn coding.
Dizzy Feet Scholarship
by Katie Holmes
While we associate Katie Holmes with wry method acting more than we do dancing, she is nonetheless the celebrity behind the Dizzy Feet Foundation. In 2009, Holmes partnered with So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, and show judge Carrie Ann Inaba to launch a dance scholarship called Dizzy Feet. The scholarship focuses specifically on dance education by awarding scholarships of up to $10,000 to talented dancers at accredited dance schools, studios, universities, and institutions.