To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her visual album Lemonade, Beyonc?? has announced a new scholarship initiative to encourage other young women to pursue their dreams and help her run the creative arts world.
According to a statement on her site, the “Formation Scholars” program will grant four scholarships to female students “incoming, current of graduate” that are looking to study the disciplines of creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies in the 2017-2018 academic year.
As part of her #Beygood initiative, the premise of the award is to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, conscious and confident.” Basically the singer is paving the way for Queen Beys in the making.
The scholarships will be awarded to one student from the four eligible US universities including Berklee College of Music in Boston, Howard University in Washington D.C., Parsons School of Design in New York, and Spelman college in Atlanta. It is noted that two of these universities historically have a high African-American student intake, while the others specialise in the arts.
The President of Spelman college, Mary Schmidt Campbell told the Washington Post that the scholarship will open doors to a student who is perhaps struggling financially to pursue their dreams.
Students “face very real financial barriers to attendance. Her gift opens a door to a transformative Spelman experience for at least one of them. We are so grateful to this visionary artist for helping us build a future for our young people,” said Campbell
And it seems that Beyonc??’s new educational initiative could not have been announced at a better time with the Trump administration threatening to cut all funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, which fosters work in many creative sectors.
It has been a milestone week for the 35-year-old singer, who received a Peabody Award last week for the anniversary of Lemonade. Along with six other winners in the entertainment categories, the accolade is confirmation of the legacy the visual album has created.
“Lemonade draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic, and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation. The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of colour and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture,” wrote the Board of Jurors.
The album’s celebration of African-American women, has also influenced the education system in a major way with a “Black Women & Beyonc??”literature class at the University of Texas, a Lemonade seminar at New York University and a Lemonade syllabus celebrating the work of African-American feminists.
Over her career, Beyonc?? has also been part of various philanthropic endeavours that encourage women professionally and in education. In the past year she has continued her affiliation with Global Citizen and Chime for Change, openly supported Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, signed an open letter in support of International Women’s Day and created a Women Making History profile section on her page. She also donated proceeds from her Formation World Tour to organisations battling the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
While details on the value of the Formation scholarship are unknown, I-Dsaid that it would be around $25,000 (A $33,162). And Lemonade is definitely full of advice for US students getting in formation to apply for the scholarship: Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper. Always inspired by your powerful contributions @Beyonce. You are a role model for us all. Thank you for investing in our girls. pic.twitter苏州美甲学校网/kuXDdYz6JV??? Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 26, 2017