Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Beyoncé Announces Homecoming Scholars Award Program For Students At Four HBCUs

Beyoncé will give $25,000 to four historically black colleges and universities for the 2018-2019 school year as part of a new scholarship program that was inspired by the singer's historic Coachella performance this past weekend.

Following Beyonce's headline-shattering performance at Coachella on Saturday (April 14), which was inspired by the artistic culture of historically black colleges and universities and their homecoming celebrations, the star announced the creation of four HBCU scholarships, including one for a student at Xavier University in New Orleans. HBCUs are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.

It was the first time a black woman headlined the two-weekend festival, one of the biggest USA music gatherings of the year.

The jubilant set, housed on a pyramid stage with 150-plus cast members, dutifully in-sync, was the first time the icon returned to her home, the stage, in over one year.

One victor from each school will be chosen, and he or she will receive their share of US$25,000 for study in the 2018-2019 academic year.

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"The individual selected for this scholarship will reflect both our founder's vision and the respect we have for Beyoncé and her many contributions to the fabric of our society", Grimes continued. "We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the sees of possibilities for students".

This scholarship, which was her first education award offered through her philanthropic BeyGOOD initiative marked the one-year anniversary of her visual album LEMONADE.

Last year, the 36-year-old singer established a merit scholarship program to support young women.

To qualify for the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, applicants need to have at least a 3.5 GPA. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Each university will select its own finalists and victor, with winners set to be announced sometime this summer.

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