Beyonce donates $100,000 to four historically black universities
After making history as the first black woman to headline Coachella, Beyoncé is donating $100,000 to four traditionally black universities. The Lemonade singer announced Monday (Apr. 16) the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative.
Beyoncé’s Coachella festival set was critically acclaimed, as the singer paid tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges.
As a matter of fact, the singer plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University. One student from each school will receive the scholarship money.
“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.
“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,” she added.
The singer established the program in 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of her 2016 visual album, “Lemonade.” The aim was to support creative and bold young women but the Homecoming program isn’t gender-specific.
In fact, the disciplines associated with the program will include literature, creative arts, African American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher and winners will be selected by the four universities.