celebrity-sponsored scholarships

Posted : October 1, 2012
Last Updated : October 20, 2014
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celebrity-sponsored scholarships

Celebrities make millions of dollars each year, and some generous celebrities also like to give a portion of their earnings back to communities in the form of college scholarships. Check out the following celebrity-sponsored scholarships to see if you are eligible to apply.

The Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund
In 2009, Alec Baldwin donated $1 million to his alma mater, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, to create the Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded annually. All incoming undergraduate students to Tisch School of the Arts who display high artistic and academic performance, meet all admission requirements, and demonstrate financial need will be automatically considered. No separate scholarship application is necessary. To qualify for this scholarship, students should also exhibit:

  • An unwavering work ethic
  • Leadership skills
  • A willingness to collaborate
  • An ability to tolerate risk and work with constructive criticism

For more information about the Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund, please visit students.tisch.nyu.edu.

Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science
The Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science was established for students at Temple University by Camille and Bill Cosby in memory of their late son Ennis William Cosby. Two scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each are awarded every year to juniors who are majoring in the natural sciences and who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is fully renewable for one year if the recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications for this scholarship can be obtained in the Natural Sciences Department offices at Temple University. For more information about the Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science, please visit temple.edu.

Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship
Founded by Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes, the Dizzy Feet Foundation increases access to dance education throughout the United States. The Dizzy Feet Foundation awards scholarships to talented students who demonstrate financial need and study at nationally recognized and/or accredited dance schools, studios, universities, and institutions. Scholarships of up to $10,000 per student may be granted annually. The application process for this scholarship is by invitation only. The foundation works with eligible institutions to discover potential scholarship candidates. Eligible institutions may recommend up to two students each year and will be provided with application materials and current application criteria. For more information about the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship, please visit dizzyfeetfoundation.org.

Earl Woods Scholarship
In 2006, the Tiger Woods Foundation established the Earl Woods Scholarship Program to honor the vision and spirit of Tiger's mentor and father, Earl Woods. The Earl Woods Scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors from select geographic regions (or by invitation) who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and plan to enroll in an accredited 4-year university in the United States immediately after high school. Selected recipients will receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 (renewable for up to four years) and will be provided multiple mentoring and internship opportunities throughout their college career. Candidates will be selected on the basis of:

  • Academic achievement
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • A proven commitment to community service

For more information about the Earl Woods Scholarship, please visit tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program was established in 1999 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This scholarship program provides outstanding students of various ethnicities with an opportunity to obtain an undergraduate college degree in any area of interest. Each year, 1,000 scholarships are awarded. Students are eligible to be considered for the GMS scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American
  • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
  • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
  • Have completed and submitted all three required forms by the deadline: the student's application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student's academic record (Nominator Form), and an evaluation of the student's community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form)

For more information about the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, please visit gmsp.org.

i.am Scholarship
In 2009, will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas created the i.am Scholarship to provide future leaders in film & television, journalism, computer science, and new media with financial assistance for all four years of their college education. Eligibility for this scholarship is based on outstanding academic record and financial need. The i.am Scholarship has partnered with Oprah's Angel Network, Scholarship America, and College Track over the past few years to help students in fulfilling their dream of attending college. For more information about this scholarship, please visit iamangelfoundation.org.

The Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Scholarship
Janet Jackson established the Rhythm Nation Scholarship in a joint venture with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). This scholarship is available to African American students who attend a participating UNCF college or university and who major in communications, fine arts, journalism, mass communications, mass media arts, music, photography, TV production, or visual arts. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more information about this scholarship, please visit uncf.org.

The John Lennon Scholarship For Songwriters and Composers
In 1997, Yoko Ono established the John Lennon Scholarship in memory of iconic singer-songwriter, John Lennon. This scholarship competition is open to U.S. college students between the ages of 17 and 24. Applicants must submit one original song with lyrics accompanied by music. If the winning work was written by two or more qualifying applicants, the scholarship award will be divided equally between them. Three scholarships with prizes totaling $20,000 will be awarded to applicants who submit the best original songs. For more information about the John Lennon Scholarship competition, please visit bmifoundation.org.

Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship
David Letterman established the Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship in 1985 for students attending his alma mater, Ball State University. This school-specific scholarship is for average students who have a creative mind. Eligible applicants must be full-time students who are first-quarter juniors through first-quarter seniors and must be pursuing a major or minor in telecommunications. Each applicant must submit a project that may involve a variety of media functions including written work, research, audio, video, graphics, and film. The amounts of the scholarships are:

  • $10,000 for the winner
  • $5,000 for the first runner-up
  • $3,333 for the second runner-up

For more information about the Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship, please visit bsu.edu.

These are just a few of the celebrity-sponsored scholarships available. Perform research on the Internet and speak with your school counselor to see if your favorite celebrity sponsors any college scholarships in which you may be eligible to apply. For more information about obtaining a college scholarship, please visit the scholarships & grants section of this website.


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