Using the hashtag #StudentOfTheGame, winning college students or graduates may have Nicki Minaj pay for some of their education.
Social media makes it easy for celebrities to interact with their fans online. Even still, most fans probably don’t expect their favorite celebrity to help them pay for school.
But that’s just what rap star Nicki Minaj did in 2017 according to The Student Loan Report. Minaj has always been very interactive with her fans and taken time to answer their questions on social media. One night, Minaj posted that she would pay the international airfare for anyone who won a contest to come see her at the upcoming Billboard music awards.
One of Minaj’s fans, a full-time student who was working two jobs, tweeted the star and asked, “Well you wanna pay for my tuition?” Minaj responded almost immediately and said yes; on the condition that student could verify that she had received straight A’s that semester, according to The Guardian.
The response Minaj received from fans was overwhelming. Over the next several hours, Minaj committed to paying the college tuition for over 30 students.
This led to her establishing her Student of the Game scholarship initiative in 2018. The scholarship winners have their tuition, books, and living expenses paid for. But to qualify, students must be able to prove that they have straight A’s and a 4.0 GPA. The opportunity is still going strong according to Essence.
To apply, a current or recently graduated college student can share how much they need on Twitter, using the hashtag #StudentOfTheGame. Minaj chooses the winners with her team by searching the hashtag. She then messages them privately to let them know and sometimes even announces the winners on her Twitter account.
Thousands of students have entered the contest and Minaj has already awarded over $25,000. Minaj recently announced that the next round of winners would be chosen on June 11.
Minaj isn’t the first celebrity to pay her fans’ college tuition. The rapper Jay-Z created a scholarship foundation for students who have significant financial needs.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres gave an entire senior class a scholarship to a New York state college. Oprah Winfrey has given out hundreds of scholarships to select students attending Morehouse College.
And LeBron James offers scholarships to residents of his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) offers scholarships to students who struggle financially and have limited means of paying for school. This guide can help you determine what you need to improve your chances of getting a scholarship.
In the United States, over 44 million borrowers carry $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. While college affordability is a popular talking point for many people, these celebrities take their commitment to another level.