Beyonce To Donate $100K in Scholarships to HBCU Students


Contributed by Amaya Starkey

Beyonce just made history as the first black woman to headline Coachella, an annual music festival held in California but it does not stop there.

Not only did Beyonce put on an unforgettable, electrifying performance, but she also brought on Jay-Z and  reunited with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, her Destiny’s Child bandmates. And let’s not forget how Solange SLAYED on stage as well.

But the Queen does not stop there. She has now extended the scholarship program that was introduced last year with new donations to four historically black colleges and universities for the 2018-2019 academic school year.

With the BeyGOOD philanthropic organization, the megastar has created the Homecoming Scholars Award program, which plans to award $100,000 in scholarships to Tuskegee, Bethune-Cookman, Wilberforce, and Xavier universities.

Ivy McGregor, director of philanthropy and corporate relations at Parkwood Entertainment which contains BeyGOOD, said to the Los Angeles Times, “We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

“We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining the culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

To receive an award from the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, applicants are required to have at least a 3.5 GPA. Each university selects its own finalists and winners, and each winner will be revealed this summer.

Last year, BeyGOOD’s foundation curated the Formation Scholars Awards Program which granted scholarship money to students studying creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies at Berklee College of Music, Parsons School of Design, Howard University and Spelman College.

According to the Huffington Post, the announcement for the Homecoming Scholars Award Program compares the gifts to the Coachella performance, saying the festival “put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern,” and was the “impetus to mark her second scholarship program.”

BeyGOOD has several initiatives that it works throughout the year to improve, inspire, and uplift those around the nation with acts of kindness and love. Visit BeyGOOD’s website to see how you can get involved to make a difference. 

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