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Central State Selected For Beyoncé & Jay-Z's Tiffany HBCU Scholarship Program

Promotional photo featuring Jay-Z at left in tux looking downward, Beyoncé at right looking into camera wearing the Tiffany Diamond.
Mason Poole
Tiffany & Co.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z for the Tiffany & Co. fall 2021 ABOUT LOVE campaign.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z made headlines in August when Tiffany & Co. launched its "About Love" campaign starring the pair. Now the trio are partnering on a scholarship program for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Central State University is one of five schools selected to participate.

In collaboration with BeyGOOD and the Shawn Carter Foundation, Tiffany & Co. is pledging $2 million in scholarships for students in arts and creative fields. The program is open to current and incoming students "pursuing degrees in creative fields (visual arts, media, performance, design, etc.), history and communications," according to a release.

"This opportunity is timely as our students come from many different socioeconomic backgrounds," says Jack Thomas, Ph.D., president of Central State. "These funds will have a tremendous effect on who we recruit and our students’ success as they move on to graduate and professional schools and into their careers."

The schools will determine eligibility based on financial aid needs. Tiffany & Co. says priority will be given to those facing financial hardships and award size will vary based on need.

The four other colleges are Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Bennett College in North Carolina, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.