If you’re looking for a way to pay for college, listen up: Beyonce announced a new scholarship program for the upcoming academic year.
The performer set up the Homecoming Scholars Award program via her BeyGOOD philanthropic initiative, according to an April 16 press release. It will award $100,000 total in scholarships to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU): Bethune-Cookman University, Tuskegee University, Wilberforce University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. HBCUs are U.S. higher learning institutions that had been established prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to provide education to members of African-American communities.
“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Ivy McGregor, director of philanthropy and corporate relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD, to the Los Angeles Times. “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”
This isn’t Beyonce’s first entry into academic scholarships. She established the merit scholarship program, Formation Scholars Awards Program, in 2017, addressing the one-year anniversary of her successful 2016 visual album, “Lemonade.” Beyonce created the program “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”
The participating academic institutions included the Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College. The recipients were students of African-American studies, creative arts, literature, or music.
Homecoming Scholars Award Program
For 2018, the Homecoming Scholars Award Program is open to either gender, a departure from last year’s award for female students only. Each college and university will receive $25,000 to be awarded to one student and it will be applied to the 2018-2019 academic year, according to Beyonce.
Qualifications for the Program include a 3.5 GPA minimum for applicants. The individual education institutions will select finalists, then a winner. Sometime during the summer, winners will be announced.
During her recent Coachella show, Beyoncé honored HBCUs’s history and college homecoming by including more than 150 dancers and musicians through a choir and marching band in her comprehensive set. Guests also appeared in the performance including Jay-Z, and Solange, and former Destiny’s Child members.
Other HBCU Scholarships
Along with Beyonce’s HBCU contribution, on April 4 in honor of the 50thAnniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, the nonprofit, non-partisan education organization Good of All (GOA), announced the launch of its MLK Universal Rights Scholarship Program.
According to a press release, the annual scholarship will benefit students from the following five HBCUs: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, Paine College, and Spelman College. These schools received $4,000 donations to the MLK Universal Rights Scholarships and, beginning in 2019, will receive yearly donations on the anniversary of Dr. King’s death.
In addition, GOA made a $5,000 donation to the Andrew Young Foundation Scholarship on April 4. This annual program had been established for student members of the Atlanta-based Andrew Young YMCA.
Scholarships can be a great way to lower your college costs, but it can be challenging to find the ones you’ll qualify for. Here’s a list of more scholarships to help you in your search.
Author: Mike Brown
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