Y’all already know Queen Bey is generous. Last year, in honor of LEMONADE’s one year anniversary, Beyoncé announced the establishment of the Formation Scholars awards for “young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”
Four scholarships were awarded, one per college, to female students in pursuit of a degree in the creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies at Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.
But on Saturday, April 14, Beyoncé one-upped herself in a way that only she could.
Following her groundbreaking and historic Coachella — excuse me, Beychella — headlining performance, she announced that she will be donating $100,000 in scholarship money to four HBCU’s.
It’s called the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, and it’ll be effective for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative.
One incoming, current, or graduate student from each school will receive $25,000 in scholarship money to attend either Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana, or Wilberforce University.
“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” states Ivy McGregor, director of philanthropy and corporate relations at Parkwood Entertainment which houses BeyGOOD.
So how can you apply?
Unlike the Formation Scholars award, this one is open to all genders. But there are a few things you need to do in order to be eligible for the Homecoming Scholars Award:
- You must be enrolled at one of the four qualifying HBCUs.
- You must have a GPA of at least 3.5.
- You must be studying either literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science, or engineering.
You can apply for the scholarship through your university. As this scholarship is to be applied for the 2018-2019 academic year, the selection is going to be speedy. The four winners of the $25k scholarship prizes will be announced this summer, selected by each institution.
To get started, contact your university’s financial aid office ASAP — because as Bey would say, if you dream it, work hard and grind it ‘till you own it.