Beyoncé is proving once again that she’s the queen of giving back with a new scholarship program for students at HBCUs.
Through her BeyGOOD initiative, Beyoncé will give four $25,000 grants to Wilberforce, Tuskegee, Bethune-Cookman, and Xavier Universities. The grants were created to celebrate the excellence through education with the awards going to students for the 2018-2019 year. The announcement comes just a couple of days after Beyoncé’s historic Coachella performance, which was an homage to historically Black schools and their culture.
Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, said in a statement, “We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the sees of possibilities for students.”
This is the second scholarship program from BeyGOOD. Last year, the singer launched the Formation Scholarship, which aimed to award young women who “think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.” The four recipients were announced in June 2017.
Qualifying students can use the scholarship to pursue studies in literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering and must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.