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Celebrities: you know them well enough that it feels as if they’re actually your friends.

What better way to payback super-fans than by paying for their education?

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Check out the following celebrity scholarships and let the celebs care about your career path, for a change!

To help better organize your scholarship search, please note that the following celebrity scholarship opportunities are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Rolling and past deadlines will appear at the bottom of the list.

Horatio Alger Cortopassi Family Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 25 & Under
Award: $5,000

The Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is open to full-time high school seniors who are planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college / university in the fall.

To be eligible, you must demonstrate critical financial need, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and, and be involved in co – curricular and community service activities.

Apply for the Horatio Alger Cortopassi Family Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Aerosmith Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore to College Senior
Award: Varies

The Aerosmith Scholarship is open to music business/management majors at Berklee College of Music.

Apply for the Aerosmith Scholarship.

Jimi Hendrix Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore to College Senior
Award: Varies
The Jimi Hendrix Scholarship is open to returning guitar students at Berklee College of Music.

Apply for the Jimi Hendrix Scholarship.

Tony Bennett College Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award: Varies

The Tony Bennett College Scholarship is available to high school seniors graduating from one of the partner schools of Exploring the Arts.

You must plan to enroll at a four-year college or conservatory and be majoring in an art or performing art field to qualify for this award.

Apply for the Tony Bennett College Scholarship.

Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors
Award: Varies

The Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship is available to students at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

You must demonstrate talent, an unwavering work ethic, leadership skills, a willingness to collaborate, an ability to tolerate risk and work with constructive criticism to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to students who are high performers with high financial need.

Apply for the Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship.

Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Minimum age 15 years
Award: $10,000

Have you always dreamed of dancing with the stars? Founded by Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Katie Holmes, the Dizzy Feet Foundation was created to celebrate the love of dance.

The Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship is open to students who are at least 15 years of age who are studying at an accredited dance school, studio, university or other institution.

You must be a U.S. citizen and demonstrate talent, technical skill and dance expression to be considered for this award. You must be nominated by your school in order to qualify for this award.

Apply for the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship.

Quincy Jones Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore to College Senior
Award: Varies

The Quincy Jones Scholarship is open to student composers/arrangers at Berklee College of Music.

Apply for the Quincy Jones Scholarship.

Kirk Douglas Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors
Award: Varies

The Spencer Tracy Scholarship is available to students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Apply for the Kirk Douglas Scholarship.

Earl Woods Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Juniors through High School Seniors
Award: Varies

Provided by the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Earl Woods Scholarship Program offers tuition and other financial assistance to high school junior and seniors from select geographic regions or by invitation.

Candidates must demonstrate academic achievement (with a minimum GPA of 3.0); a commitment to community service; and financial need to qualify for the EWSP.

There is a competitive application process and the student must be planning to attend an accredited four-year university in the United States immediately after high school graduation.

You must also be a resident of an invited geographic area in order to apply; historically, Orange County, California, and Washington, D.C., have received invitations.

For more information on the Earl Woods Scholarship, Tiger Woods Foundation.

Princess Grace Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors
Award: Varies

Sponsored by the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, the Princess Grace Scholarship is available to students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Apply for the Princess Grace Scholarship.

David Geffen Medical Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award: 100% Tuition

The David Geffen Medical Scholarship is available to entering students at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.

Consideration for this award is based on merit.

Obtain more information on the David Geffen Medical Scholarship.

Spencer Tracy Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors
Award: Varies

The Spencer Tracy Scholarship is available to students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Apply for the Spencer Tracy Scholarship.

Leonard Bernstein Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors
Award: Varies

The Leonard Bernstein Scholarship is open to students at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music.

Apply for the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship.

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors
Award: Varies

The William Randolph Hearst Scholarship is available to students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

You must be an underprivileged or minority student to qualify for this award.

Apply for the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship.

Celebrity Scholarships from Across the Web

See a scholarship with a past deadline? Most celebrity scholarships are renewed annually so you’ll be able to apply once the new application period opens. When the new application information becomes available, it will be listed on the scholarship provider’s web site. We promise that the Fastweb team is working to keep you informed on celebrity (and all other) scholarships as they become available!

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

Learn more about the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program.

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship

The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship is available to high school seniors, students who have received a GED, current undergraduate students and students attending a vocational or trade school.

In order to be considered for this award, you must demonstrate a desire to pursue a higher education in the face of personal or socio-economic setbacks.

You must also be a U.S. citizen, under the age of 25 and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship.

Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit Scholarship

Preferences students who are full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in music.

All currently enrolled full-time or part-time undergraduate and graduate students at Wayne State University are eligible.

However, students majoring in music, music technology, music business or a related field will be given preference.

Although a minimum GPA is not required, recipients must demonstrate financial need and be residents of the state of Michigan.

Find more information on the Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit Scholarship, here.

John Lennon Scholarships

The John Lennon Scholarship competition is open only to U.S. college students between the ages of 17 and 24.

Three scholarships with prizes totaling $20,000 will be awarded to the best original songs submitted to the competition.

Established in 1997 by Yoko Ono, this scholarship program honors the memory of one of the preeminent songwriters of the 20th century, John Lennon.

Lennon’s enormous creative legacy includes such songs as, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Strawberry Fields,” “Imagine,” “I Am the Walrus,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “Come Together” and continues to inspire and uplift new generations of music lovers around the world.

More than $340,000 in scholarships have been awarded over the past fifteen years.

For more information on John Lennon Scholarships, BMI Foundation.

Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Scholarship

The Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Scholarship is a monetary award given to students who either demonstrate high academic achievement or are actively involved in their school or community.

After successfully completing the application process and securing the award, students become full representatives of the Janet Jackson/Rhythm Nation Scholarship – UNCF.

For more information on the Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Scholarship, visit this page.

Michael Jackson Scholarship

The Michael Jackson Scholarship is available to undergraduates attending a UNCF member college studying communications, performing arts or English.

For more information on the Michael Jackson Scholarship, visit UNCF.

Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Endowed Scholarship Programs

Offering a variety of scholarships to students who demonstrate academic success and community outreach in addition to positive behavior and healthy lifestyles, Turn 2 Endowed Scholarship Programs provide students with financial assistance to attend college.

Learn more about the Turn 2 Endowed Scholarship Programs.

Woodie Guthrie Fellowship Program

According to the BMI Foundation web site, “The Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program seeks to encourage unique exploration into the many facets of Woody Guthrie’s life, legacy, and contribution to American and world culture.”

In addition, the “Woody Guthrie Fellowship will be awarded to one applicant working on a research topic or theme directly related to Guthrie’s life, work, or contribution to American music and world culture.”

The BMI Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Woody Guthrie Center, awards up to $5,000 to support scholarly research at the archives at the Woody Guthrie Center, which is located in Tulsa, OK.

Learn more about the Woodie Guthrie Fellowship Program.

Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship

The Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship is available to full-time students at Ball State University, College of Telecommunications.

You must have completed between 30-102 semester hours, be majoring or minoring in telecommunications, and have a reasonable expectation to become a professional in the industry to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship.

Cedric “The Entertainer” Scholarship

The Cedric “The Entertainer” Foundation Scholarship was created to financially support a high school seniors attending a public or private school in St. Louis, MO metro area, in addition to specified criteria on the UNCF website.

Students must be graduating seniors attending a high school in the St. Louis metropolitan area, must be attending one of UNCF’s member institutions or Southeast Missouri State University and must possess leadership qualities, demonstrated by the proof of honors received and community service as shown on the list of school and community involvement/activities.

Learn more about the Cedric “The Entertainer” Scholarship.

Davin Joseph Dream Team Scholarship 2014

The Davin Joseph’s Dream Team Scholarship has been established for graduating seniors at Blake, Middleton, or Hallandale High school in Florida.

Students must be an active participants in their high school’s athletic or performing arts program to be selected.

Learn more about the Davin Joseph Dream Team Scholarship 2014.

Eli Manning’s Ole Miss Opportunity Program

To be eligible for Ole Miss Opportunity Program, you must be a Mississippi resident, U.S. citizen, an entering freshman at the start of the fall semester, seeking a degree and enrolled full time at Ole Miss. In addition, you must meet additional select criteria as listed.

Learn more about the Ole Miss Opportunity Program.

Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship

The Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship is open ONLY to graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) of accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment — through coursework or experience — to any combination of at least two of the following fields: early childhood education, child development/child psychology, film/television production, music, animation or production of cross-platform entertainment.

Applicants must have the ultimate goal of working in children’s media.

Applications are evaluated by a committee formed yearly by the two governors representing the Television Academy’s Children’s Programming Peer Group.

Learn more about the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship.

George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholarship

The George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon Baines Johnson scholarship is a $6,000 award given to a journalism student from the University of Texas at Austin. Must be officially enrolled in college and have at least one full academic year remaining.

The scholarship applicant must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the award: must be a fully enrolled college sophomore or higher to receive scholarship; must apply for only one scholarship; may be enrolled in any major so long as your intent is a career in electronic journalism.

Learn more about the George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholarship.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program

Honoring both our nation’s 40th President and his lasting legacy of leadership, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program awards Ventura County, Calif., high school seniors who exemplify outstanding leadership skills and personal character with a total of $50,000 in scholarships annually.

Learn more about the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program.



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Studying abroad is becoming increasingly common in many countries – with almost 3 million students educated each year at the tertiary level in a country other than their own. For developing countries in particular, studying abroad offers many of the promises and fears of brain drain (both of which I think are overblown). But understanding the causal impact is hard, because people self-select into whether or not to study abroad, and there are no lotteries or other experiments we can turn to for easy answers. Three recent non-experimental papers succeed to varying degrees in providing some convincing causal evidence.

The most convincing of the three studies is a recent paper by Matthias Parey and Fabian Waldinger which has just appeared in the Economic Journal. They consider the impact of studying abroad due to the European Erasmus student exchange program on whether German students live abroad in the first 5 years after graduating. They find studying abroad for a year during undergraduate studies (after which they return to finish their studies) increases the likelihood of working abroad early in the career by 15 percentage points, and provide some suggestive evidence that one of the channels for this might be through meeting a foreign partner, in addition to the more work-related channels.

The Erasmus study uses instrumental variables for identification. They rely on the fact that the Erasmus program was rolled out slowly through German universities and departments within universities. Controlling for a student’s entry cohort, subject, and university, they argue that the fact that, for example, there were scholarships for political science at University X but not for economics, whereas for University Y there were scholarships for economics but not political science, was due to idiosyncratic reasons such as particular faculty connections. What is very nice about the paper is that they take threats to the exclusions restrictions very seriously, and have more than 2 pages carefully discussing possible threats to identification, checks they can do to rule these threats out, and a whole lot of sensitivity analysis. They also note that while IV allows them to only estimate a local average treatment effect (LATE), this LATE is precisely the parameter of policy interest- the effects of studying abroad for those people who only study abroad due to the Erasmus program.

A second approach is used by Oosterbeek and Webbink in a paper just out in Economica. They consider Dutch students who apply to a scholarship program to study for year abroad of graduate study. The selection committee ranks all students, and only those whose rank is above a certain cut-off get a scholarship. This naturally leads to a regression discontinuity approach, which compares outcomes for students just above and just below this threshold. The downside is that the scholarship is pretty exclusive, so even pooling together multiple years of entrants still only gives 25 students just below the cutoff and 51 just above. They find for this group that studying abroad increases the likelihood of living outside of the Netherlands early in their career by 30 percentage points.

The identification idea is sound in this paper, but the small sample size makes it more difficult to do a number of the best practice smoothness checks around the discontinuity with any precision. Moreover, as is well-known, regression discontinuity designs only identify the treatment effect in the neighborhood of the discontinuity. In this case the sample is pretty specialized – talented Dutch students who apply for this particular scholarship, in a context where to apply for the scholarship they already have to have a definite plan of where they will study abroad, that it may be more difficult to generalize these findings.

A further challenge both these studies face is a common one in migration work – of actually being able to track migrants. Both surveys only look at people relatively soon after graduation, and tracking rates seem to still be only 51% in the Dutch survey and 25% in the German surveys. This points to the need for better systems of tracking migrants.

The third, and least convincing paper, is also the one that is likely of most direct interest to developing countries. In a paper appearing in a recent NBER volume, Kahn and MacGarvie try and examine the impacts of the U.S. Foreign Fulbright program on knowledge creation in sciences and engineering. The Fulbright program provides scholarships to enable foreign students to come to U.S. graduate schools, but then requires that these students return to their home countries for 2 years after graduation. [Fun fact: apparently working for the World Bank or other international organizations is a loophole]. The question then is whether and how forcing people to go back to their home countries after graduate study impacts on their careers. The authors find Fulbright recipients in sciences and engineering have significantly fewer high-impact publications and overall citations, with this result strongest for people from the poorest countries – i.e. being made to go back to a poor country is a career killer.

The result seems intuitive enough, but the identification is not very convincing. The authors employ a matching approach, attempting to match each Fulbright recipient to another foreign student in the U.S. on a few basic characteristics such as ranking of PhD institution, field of study, year of Ph.D., gender, and log GDP of the home country. This is not convincing for several reasons. First, it assumes that people who got Fulbrights would have been able to study abroad if they didn’t get them – whereas a regression discontinuity based on comparing those who just miss out on the Fulbright to those who get it might be more compelling. Second, matching is on the basis of variables which themselves might be outcomes of getting the Fulbright, not ex ante determinants. Third, matching is more convincing when there is a rich set of variables to match on, which definitely doesn’t describe this case. And finally, this is a case where I would find it hard to find matching convincing – given how important this Fulbright requirement to return is, I would expect to find people self-selecting into whether they apply or not (and whether they take it up or not) depending on their desire to return home.

The return requirements of the Fulbright and other scholarship programs certainly warrant further study. John Gibson and I have studied emigration from Papua New Guinea, and find many high-skilled individuals there who appear to have returned to PNG after studying in Australia because of a 2-year return requirement, and that few of these then seem to have subsequently left again. So I believe that these requirements may have large effects – but don’t think we know much about what the cost in terms of career prospects are of such requirements.

The impacts of policies to spur or hinder international student mobility are important to learn about, so it is great to see some papers starting to look at these issues – and to see plenty of scope for further work which builds on this. To get a broader view of new research in migration, take a look at the program for the 4th Migration and Development Conference which was held a week ago at Harvard: lots of interesting new studies were presented.