Okay scholars, now let’s get in formation.
On the heels of her awe-inspiring performance at Coachella this past weekend, Beyonce has announced which four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will benefit from the BeyGOOD Initiative’s Homecoming Scholars Award program.
Bethune-Cookman University, Tuskegee University, Wilberforce University and Xavier University of Louisiana will each receive $25,000 from the Grammy Award winner. The individual institutions will then choose one student deserving of a full scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The second instalment of the program — previously known as the Formation Scholars Award — is now open to all genders. The inaugural scholarship solely focused on females in honour of Lemonade‘s one-year anniversary.
The ultimate goal of the program is to “salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” per Ivy McGregor, director of philanthropy and corporate relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD. “We honour all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning, which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”
Beyonce’s glorious Coachella set did just that: pay homage to HBCU culture in all aspects of her performance, through the varsity-inspired costumes, the inclusion of a full marching band and choir, and with choreography that honoured dance troupes and step teams.