Beyonce broke the internet and messed with everyone’s sleep schedules Saturday night when she became the first black woman to headline Coachella. The performance was a two-hour test of endurance and it looked like Beyonce barely broke a sweat.
Looking at the surface, the performance itself was entertaining and artfully executed in a way that only Beyonce could accomplish. But the performance was a tribute to black culture mainly Historical Black College or University. I won’t lie, I’m white so I can not accurately report all the black culture that was woven into her set and the impact it had. There are plenty of amazing black writers who have and they’re must-reads, like BuzzFeed’s Tomi Obaro, Mic’s Natelegé Whaley, The New Yorker‘s Doreen St. Félix and Vulture’s Craig Jenkins.
Beyonce is taking her HBCU themed performance to the next level. She announced her Homecoming Scholars Award Program through her BeyGOOD initiative. The new scholarship program will benefit four HBCU’s, Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman.
This isn’t the first college scholarship of Beyonce’s. In April 2017 she announced the Formation Scholars Award Program in celebration of the year anniversary of her album Lemonade.
The difference between the Formation scholarship and the Homecoming scholarship is that the Formation program was only for woman in creative fields. The Homecoming scholarship is for all genders studying either literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science education, business, communications, social sciences and engineering. Students must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. There will be one winner from each school will receive $25,000 for the next academic year.
Time to ace those finals and apply to Bey’s scholarship.