Jay-Z invested in the future while having a little fun by organizing a carnival to raise money for college tuition.
The Shawn Carter Foundation hosted the event, Making The Ordinary Extraordinary, at Pier 54 in New York last night. Although it provided lots of fun and games, the carnival had a very serious goal to accomplish: raising money for college scholarships.
"Just providing opportunity and seeing what people do with that opportunity," Hov told MTV News, adding that providing students with money for college is his way of helping kids use their talents to better the world. "If you want to go further and you want to further your education, just giving someone that extra little push [so] that maybe they’ll turn out to be someone special."
Jay attended with the event his mother, Gloria Carter, by his side, as she has headed up the Shawn Carter Foundation for years. But Gloria does more than just oversee operations for the organization; she also makes sure the kids check out all of their educational options with college tours.
"My mom gets on the bus and takes the kids and takes them to their orientations, and she’s been riding around the college," the rapper explained. "It’s a real grassroots thing that she’s been doing on her own, and I’m just really trying to help her expand it so we can help more people."
So far, Jay and Gloria are on track to help more students get to class, because the program is reaching more college-bound kids. "It started out as a Brooklyn thing, and then it started as a New York thing, and now hopefully we can take it to a worldwide thing," Jay said.
When the Shawn Carter Foundation started in 2002, it gave one very fortunate student a full college scholarship. By 2005, it had offered offered assistances to 50 different students in 50 different states. Today more than 750 kids have benefited from Hov’s foundation, which has given away upwards of $1.1 million in scholarships.
According to TheYBF.com, the Shawn Carter Foundation nearly matched that total last night by earning just over $1 million. That’s enough money to send about a dozen kids to school with a full ride for all four years of school.