Central State Selected for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Tiffany HBCU Scholarship Program

Beyoncé and Jay-Z did headlines in august when Tiffany & Co. launched its “About Love” campaign featuring the pair. Now, the trio is partnering with a scholarship program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Central State University is one of five schools selected to participate.

In conjunction with BeyGOOD and the Shawn Carter Foundation, Tiffany & Co. is pledging $2 million in scholarships for students in the arts and creative fields. The program is open to current and incoming students “pursuing degrees in creative fields (visual arts, media, performance, design, etc.), history and communication,” according to a statement.

“This opportunity is timely because our students come from many different socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Jack Thomas, Ph.D., president of Central State. “These funds will have a tremendous effect on the people we recruit and the success of our students as they enter graduate and professional schools and their careers.”

Schools will determine eligibility based on financial aid need. Tiffany & Co. says priority will be given to those facing financial hardship and the amount of the award will vary based on need.

The other four colleges are Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Bennett College in North Carolina, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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