After Beyoncé’s first Coachella set she announced four new scholarships for students at HBCUs through her BeyGOOD initiative. The Homecoming Scholars Award Program falls perfectly in line with her HBCU inspired Coachella set.
Similar to her first Coachella set, after her second set she announced four more scholarships for HBCU students. These four scholarships are in conjunction with Google.org, Google’s charity sector.
Google.org is matching Beyoncé’s scholarship total of $100,000 and giving a student from four different school’s a $25,000 scholarship. The four schools are Texas Southern University, Fisk University, Grambling State University and Morehouse College. Fisk University is Beyonce‘s dad, Mathew Knowles alma mater.
“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” Maab Ibrahim, a Google.org program manager said in a statement. “In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé’s generous donation.”
Initially, the Homecoming Scholars Award Program was going to gift four $25,000 scholarships to one student from Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University. But now the program will be able to gift a total of $200,000 worth of scholarships to eight different students at these eight HBCUs.
The same requirements apply for the Google.org and BeyGOOD scholarships as the original scholarships. Anyone no matter gender or field of study can apply. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Finalists and winners will be selected by each school and announced in the summer. The scholarships are for the 2018-2019 school year.
Beyoncé became the first black female to headline Coachella. Her two performances paid homage to HBCUs and black culture. It’s fitting that now she is giving back to these institutions that she pulled inspiration from.