In celebration of the one-year anniversary of her visual album, Lemonade, this week, Beyoncé is making impact another way: by launching a group of scholarships called the “Formation Scholars” awards!
According to Bey’s website, the scholarships are meant “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.” The awards specifically are for students studying “creative arts,” music, literature or African-American studies.
There will be one recipient — either an incoming or current undergraduate or graduate student — at each of the four participating college: the Berklee College of Music, with campuses in Boston and Valencia, Spain, Howard University in Washington, D.C., Parsons School of Design in New York City, and Atlanta’s Spelman College. Howard and Spelman are notably historically black colleges, while Berklee and Parsons focus on the creative arts.
It’s not detailed how much money will be received in the announcement, but a spokesperson from Berklee told NPR that the scholarship is for $25,000 per school per year! That will definitely help with the rising cost of tuition and room and board. All details about applying are on each of the schools’ websites, so get to applying ladies!
Kudos to Bey for launching this scholarship! College is crazy expensive, so the more help these students out here can get to be able to advance in their education is appreciated, I’m sure.