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Beyoncé Announces $100,000 in Scholarship Grants to 4 HBCUs

April 16, 2018

UPDATE:

Beyoncé is teaming up with Google.org to add four more schools to her newly created Homecoming Scholars Award Program. The philanthropy branch of Google will match the BeyGOOD Initiative's $100,000 total in grants for the second round of scholarships.

"Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education," Maab Ibrahim, a Google.org program manager, said in a press release. "In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé's generous donation."

The four new scholarships will go to students at Texas Southern University in Bey's hometown of Houston, Fisk University in Nashville, Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, and Morehouse College in Atlanta. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Beyoncé is bestowing blessings upon blessings.

First, we got an absolutely epic Coachella performance from the festival headliner. Then, on April 16, Beyoncé announced the four HBCUs to receive grants from the BeyGOOD initiative's newly created Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year: Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman University. One student from each of those schools will receive a $25,000 scholarship. Applicants can come from various fields of study, but they must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Related: Watch Highlights from Beyonce's Epic Coachella Performance

The announcement ties into the singer's almost two-hour festival set, in which she was accompanied by more than 150 performers, mostly people of color. The backing marching band, majorettes and drumline were inspired by black colleges and universities.

“The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride," the announcement reads in part. "The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program."

Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment (which runs BeyGOOD) 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 seas of possibilities for students.”

All Homecoming Scholars Award Program finalists and winners will be selected by the universities themselves. Winners will be announced this summer.

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