Beyonce will give four scholarships to college students studying music, the creative arts, literature or African American studies in the coming school year.
In celebration of Lemonade’s one-year anniversary this week, Beyoncé announced that she is working with Howard University, Spelman College, Berklee College of Music and Parsons School of Design to provide four individual scholarships to young women.
The Formation scholarships are available through the schools for students pursuing degrees in music, the creative arts, literature or African American studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. The artist’s goal is to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside of the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”
This isn’t the first time Bey has shown her charitable heart. In June 2016, she donated $82,243 of her Formation tour earnings to Flint, Michigan, where there is an ongoing lead-poisoning crisis. The money went toward purchasing truckloads of water and filtration systems, and Parkwood Entertainment, Beyoncé’s management company, announced that 14 Flint high school students would have their college education covered.
Lemonade, a celebration of black womanhood and culture, has proven to be much more than just an album. For Beyoncé it is quite clearly an ongoing effort to also help foster the innovative and creative potential of those who lack the financial support to fully pursue their dreams.