Beyonce gives $100000 to 4 historically black schools

Tonya Becker
April 17, 2018

Lawson added that her oldest daughter, who at one point during her performance was joined by younger sister Solange, hoped the show would increase curiosity about Black culture.

"I told Beyonce that I was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and Black college culture because it was something that they might not get", she said in her post. (To that end, the singer has announced $100,000 scholarships to four such colleges, proving she really is the Queen).

"We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities", said Ivy McGregor, director of philanthropy and corporate relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD. 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 US music gatherings of the year. Applicants will be selected from various majors and are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. Each university will select its own finalists, with the winners set to be announced this summer.

Universities such as Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, Tuskegee University in Alabama, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Wilberforce University in OH will receive $25,000 each.

But the singer was in for a surprise herself.

Last year, the singer launched the Formation Scholars Awards Program, supporting creative and bold young women, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of her "Lemonade" album.

The program will pick one victor from each school to receive $25,000 for the upcoming school year.

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