On Monday, April 16, Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, announced four schools to receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Universities, Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman are all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The announcement came after Beyoncé made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first Black woman to headline in the festival’s 19-year run.
Following weekend two of Coachella, on April 23, four additional HBCUs were announced for additional scholarships. The schools are Texas Southern University located in Beyoncé’s hometown of Houston, Texas, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, which is her father’s alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.
One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.
The Formation Scholars Awards Program, a merit scholarship program was established in April 2017 in celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé’s critically-acclaimed and globally-lauded 2016 visual album. The Formation Scholars awards encouraged and supported young women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside of the box.
The scholarship is open to all incoming and current students pursuing a degree in specific disciplines of study. Students must hold a 3.5 GPA or above. For students to be applicable, they must present proof of work in the field of study (essays, past assignments, portfolios, etc.). Incoming students must provide school assignments that demonstrate their interest in their desired field. Writing samples need not be published works.
Each student must submit a 1000-word essay about one African or African-American thought leader in their field who has inspired them to achieve their goals (educational, professional, and/or community driven). The essay must also include how they plan to contribute to history through their own life’s work.
Deadline for application:
The application process ends on May 31, 2018 by 5 p.m.
For additional inquiries please contact Cynthia Lee-Rodgers at Cynthia.Lee@tsu.edu
Disciplines of Study
Including but not limited to: African Studies, African-American Studies, Women’s Studies, Philanthropy, Social Responsibility.
Including but not limited to: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, Information Systems Management, International Business, Marketing, Public Administration.
Including but not limited to: Advertising, Global, Health, Intercultural, Interpersonal, Journalism, Marketing, Media and Digital Media, Public Relations.
Including but not limited to: Artificial Intelligence, Bio-computation, Computer Engineering, Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction, Information, Systems, Theory, or Unspecialized.
Including but not limited to all engineering subdisciplines and interdisciplinary subjects that are derived from concentrations, combinations, or extensions of the major engineering branches.
Including but not limited to: Poetry, Creative Writing, English, African American Literature, Linguistics.
Including but not limited to: Composition, Music + Business, Music History, Music Education, Musical Theater, Music Therapy, Performance, Arranging, Conduction, Film Scoring, Songwriting.
Including but not limited to: Astronomy, Bio-Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Environment Science, Human Development & Family Sciences, Human Ecology, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science, Neuroscience, Nutritional Sciences, Physics, Public Health, Textiles & Apparel, Pre-Med.
Including but not limited to: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, International Relations/Affairs, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Psychology, Sociology.