Scholarships Sponsored or Inspired by Celebrities!

There are a number of successful celebrities who wish to give some financial help to those seeking a higher education. Whether by following in artistic footsteps, upholding certain values, or making a difference in the community, these celebrity-based scholarships are going to help students reach their educational goals.

The Christopher Reeve Service Award

Flickr user Andre Queiroz

Amount: $1,000

Part of the Heroes of Heart Awards Program, the Christopher Reeve Service Award is given in honor of the renowned actor—best known for his role as Superman. Reeve embodied the spirit of Superman both on and off screen, through activism and inspiration. As such, this award is given to a person who has demonstrated courage, compassion, and a strong sense of community.

Students must be nominated for this award by someone who isn’t a relative, students must also be between the ages of 13–18, and a US citizen.

John Lennon Scholarships

Amount: $20,000

Few people have so completely affected the music industry quite like John Lennon and the Beatles. These memorial scholarships were founded by Yoko Ono and Gibson Musical Instruments in order to help the next great musical artists.

The competition requires students to submit an original song, complete with lyrics and a recording with the accompanying instrument. Students must be currently enrolled or an alumni of a college/university in the US between the ages of 17 and 24. Students can also co-write and co-submit a song, and the scholarship would be equally divided among them.

Michael Jackson Scholarship

Flickr user Bill Lile

Amount: Up to $5,000

In partnership with the UNCF (United Negro College Fund), these scholarships are awarded in honor of influential Prince of Pop himself, the one and only Michael Jackson. Students who are attending an UNCF-affiliated HBCU, and who are majoring in communication, arts, or social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Students must have at 2.5 GPA at minimum, be currently enrolled as a college student, be a US citizen or permanent resident, and major in a relevant field.

Bruce Lee Hallmark Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Flickr user ORAZ Studio

As part of the CelebrAsian suite of scholarships, this particular opportunity honors the life and legacy of the truly legendary actor and martial artist. It is sponsored by the USPAACC (US Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce), though students are not required to be Asian American for this opportunity—it’s a character based scholarship.

Students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, have at least a 3.3 GPA, be a high school senior of at least 16 years, be able to attend the CelebrAsian Procurement Conference.

Derek Jeter Turn 2 Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Flickr user Keith Allison

This 12 time All-American New York Yankees baseball player seeks to inspire the younger generations to make healthy life choices. Through his Turn 2 Foundational scholarships and mentorships, the Hall of Fame hopeful does just that. There are a number of scholarships available to specific counties, schools, and states.

The various scholarships have various eligibility requirements. For example, the Derek Jeter / Jackie Robinson scholarship is awarded to minority students. But all of the scholarships require the following: dedication to a healthy life style, demonstrate leadership, a sense of community.

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