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Beyoncé Announces $100,000 Donation to Four Historically Black Colleges

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Shortly after headlining the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Beyoncé announced that she will donate $100,000 to four historically black college and universities for the 2018-2019 school year!

Through her BeyGOOD initiative, the music megastar announced she will award four $25,000 scholarships to a student from each school as a part of her newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The universities include, Xavier University of Louisiana, Tuskegee University, Wilberforce University and Bethune-Cookman University.

According to a press release, the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students regardless of gender, with multiple fields of study included. To qualify, all applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.

“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment which houses BeyGOOD, said in a statement. “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.”

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The news comes after Beyoncé made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by being the first black woman to headline the festival. The performance, which saw guest appearances by Solange, Jay Z and Destiny’s Child, paid homage to historically black colleges and its thriving homecoming culture. The performance is credited in the announcement as “the impetus to mark [Beyoncé] second scholarship program.”

The Homecoming Scholars Award Program is Bey’s second scholarship program through her BeyGOOD initiative. Last year, the BeyGOOD’s Formation Scholars Scholarship Program awarded four students studying creative arts, literature, music, or African-American studies at Parsons School of Design, Berklee College of Music, Howard University, and Spelman College.

Winners for the Homecoming Scholars Award Program will be announced this summer.

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