Jay-Z's Roc Nation wants to help Philadelphia students get $300 million in scholarships

Low-income households in Philadelphia are at the forefront of a new educational campaign spearheaded by Jay-Z's entertainment company, Roc Nation.

It's called the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success, and its aim is to help underprivileged students get into Philadelphia's private schools.

"PASS – which is also known as Senate Bill 757 – is legislation aimed at increasing education opportunities for underprivileged youth attending the state’s lowest performing public schools," according to a press release.

Roc Nation, who says they have a longstanding commitment to the Philadelphia community, will help students secure $300 million in scholarships.


Students and parents can learn more about the campaign during a series of "Dine and Learn" events across the Philadelphia area from June 10 through June 21.

"We have enjoyed such a special connection with Philadelphians, so we’ve made it our mission to invest in the long-term success of the city’s changemakers," Roc Nation Managing Director of Philanthropy Dania Diaz said.

However, the campaign has been met with criticism from pro-public education groups, including AFT Philadelphia, who tweeted a photo of Jay-Z with Philadelphia billionaire Jeffrey Yass captioned, "This ain't it."