Beyoncé Teams Up with Google to Announce Four More $100,000 HBCU Scholarships
After Beyoncé’s historic performance at weekend one of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the music mega-star announced that she will donate $25,000 to four historically black colleges and universities. Following her performance at weekend two of the festival, Beyoncé announced that with the help of Google, four more HBCUs will receive $25,000 scholarships!
According to a press release, Google.org – the charitable arm of the tech company – matched Bey’s original $100,000 donation to award four more lucky students with scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. The schools include; Texas Southern University, Fisk University, Grambling State University, and Morehouse College.
“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 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.”
Today, @beyonce, BeyGOOD, and @Google announce an exciting new partnership that will benefit 4 additional HBCUs through the Homecoming Scholars Award Program: https://t.co/doI9xkZDkA pic.twitter.com/QwZhDHtPfu
— BeyGOOD (@BeyGood) April 23, 2018
“As a Morehouse graduate myself, I can attest that HBCUs provide both an excellent educational opportunity, as well as a community of support that lasts a lifetime,” said Steve Pamon, President and COO of Parkwood Entertainment, the company serving as the umbrella for Beyoncé’s production and business ventures. “The lifeblood of that community is an annual pilgrimage to homecoming. This scholarship program can ensure that more students will enjoy the HBCU experience that continues to enrich my life.”
Now, a total of eight schools will receive the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic school year, including Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University. As the press release states, The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to qualifying regardless of gender. The majors include creative arts, African-American studies, literature, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
All applicants for The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will be selected by the universities and will be announced this summer.
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