The Jigga man is back at again with his charitable service as he hosted a carnival at the Huson River Park pier for his Shawn Carter Foundation this past Thursday. The event was called “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary”, and it sought to raise funds for college scholarships.
MTV News caught up with Mr. Carter at the event, where he said the evening wasÂ based onÂ havingÂ a good time and also raise money for a good cause. Jay said two of the worst things in life are a waste of talent and a person who applies him- or herself but is unable to advance due to theirÂ financial situation. He hoped this foundation would help ease such burdens and assist people in recognizing their true potential.
“Just providing opportunity and seeing what people do with that opportunity. If you want to go further and you want to further your education, just giving someone that extra little push [so] that maybe you’ll turn out to be someone special,” Jay said.
The Shawn Carter Foundation was started by Jay Z and his mother Gloria Carter in 2002 to help those in need get the resources to obtain higher learning.The foundation started with one student earning a full ride through college and grew to offer 50 scholarships to students in 50 different states annually from 2003 to 2005. More than 750 students have been awarded scholarships totaling in excess of $1.1 million, and nearly 500 kids have taken part in the foundation’s college tours â€” some even rode the bus with Jay’s mom.
Jay Z hopes to expand his foundation soon and reach kids all over the world. Big ups to Hov.