Beyoncé Launches College Scholarship Program
In honor of the one-year anniversary of Lemonade, Beyoncé is offering a new scholarship program for young women studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies.
Like the album’s theme of turning a negative into a positive, Bey seems determined to transform the controversy surrounding her “Formation” video/song into something truly meaningful and beneficial for women. The album won two Grammys and a Peabody Award this year.
She has announced four scholarships “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.” Officially called Formation Scholars, the recipients could reportedly get scholarships are worth about $25,000 each.
These are one-time scholarships open to incoming and current college students for the 2017-2018 academic year. To qualify, students must attend Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, or Spelman College.
Applicants must submit a portfolio of their work and an essay answering the prompt: “How has Lemonade inspired your educational goals?”
This move will certainly garner Bey new fans and keep her hive buzzing, as we’ve already seen on social media.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 26, 2017
Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown called Beyoncé a “strong and inspiring role model” in a statement.