Pasadena High School Student Wins $100,000 College Scholarship

Published : Friday, October 5, 2018 | 4:50 AM


A Pasadena High School senior has been chosen to receive a $100,000 college scholarship from Beyonce’s BeyGOOD and the Shawn Carter Foundation.

Nicolas Cabral, 17, was in the middle of the crowd watching Beyonce’s and Jay Z’s On the Tour (OTR) II concert at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 23 when DJ Khaled took a moment during his set to announce the Los Angeles recipient of the “On the Tour True Scholarship Award.”

Cabral is one of only 11 lucky awardees receiving the scholarship during the current tour which end in Seattle on Thursday. He was at the Rose Bowl Sunday with fellow Boys and Girls Club members.

Cabral maintains a 3.0 GPA at Pasadena High School, according to a profile published on Beyonce’s website. As a Boys and Girls Club of America member, he participates in Diplomas to Degrees, a program that helps teens develop short-and long-term educational goals. He’s also with Healthy Habits, a program that emphasizes good nutrition and physical activity; and Keystone Club, a teen program that provides leadership development.

Cabral plans to pursue an education in Culinary Arts and Business Management, to eventually own and open his own restaurant.

The scholarship is a new program that will award exceptional senior high school students with financial needs $100,000 to put toward their enrollment in a college or university for the academic year 2018-2019. The award will serve as a dedicated university-based fund for each selected student throughout the duration of the student’s enrollment.

Students in OTRll Tour markets who are preparing for college are chosen by Boys and Girls Club of America for the scholarship program and recommended to Beyonce and Jay Z. Qualified students must demonstrate academic excellence and show financial needs that would make it hard for them to enter a college or university for the academic year 2018-2019.

Aside from Cabral, scholars have been chosen from the Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, San Diego, Santa Clara, Phoenix, Houston, Arlington (Texas), and New Orleans markets. The next scholar will be announced in Seattle.

The Carters have had a long history of helping students with The Shawn Carter Foundation spearheading college tours to HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and providing scholarships to college bound students nationwide

Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, created the Formation Scholars Award, a merit program, in 2017 to help female students start or further their college education, and this year announced the Homecoming Scholars Award, a second merit program, opened to qualified students, regardless of gender, to enter or continue their studies at one of eight HBCUs.

The Shawn Carter Foundation, named for Jay Z (Shawn Carter) was founded as a public charity in 2003 by his mother, Gloria Carter. Since its inception, the foundation has given over $4 million to support initiatives that empower youth and communities in need. The foundation also runs college prep and exposure, international exposure, professional development, scholar support and community and goodwill programs.

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