Rapper Jay-Z wants students to broaden their horizons & study abroad.
Travel Noire reported that Jay-Z designed a study abroad program through his Shawn Carter Foundation and the Insitute for International Education/Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program was “designed to expand the global experiences & leadership opportunities for underserved students through the establishment of full study-abroad scholarships.”
This is such a huge opportunity for students to be able to not only get an education but to also be exposed to another culture. Inside Higher Ed reported that there has been an increase in students from America studying abroad for a semester, but not for an entire year or longer. They continued in saying that there was a total of 332,727 students that studied abroad for credit in 2016-17. However, the profile showed that there’s a long way from reflecting the diversity of enrollment in U.S. higher education, which is about 42 percent nonwhite. About 29.2 percent of students who studied abroad in 2016-17 were nonwhite, compared to 18.1 percent a decade earlier.
The Foundation hopes to encourage students to step outside their comfort zones & for them to help others. The Foundation requires that its students participate in community service. One of their past students, Jazmin Gonzales, studied abroad in Morrocco and Sale. There, she said, “As part of my community service, I was able to teach Spanish to low-income students in Sale.”