Beyoncé’s headlining performance at Coachella on Saturday night may have stole every headline and hashtag floating around the Internet, but the singer isn’t quite spending her Monday just sitting around and basking in pop culture glory. The “Formation” singer revealed on Monday that she’ll be launching the Homecoming Scholars Program through the BeyGOOD philanthropic arm of her brand for the coming school year, Fader reports.
The scholarship program is in sync with the university-themed clothing style which Beyonce and her army of backup dancers were seen wearing during Saturday’s performance. According to the Fader, the educational opportunity will focus on “Historical Black Colleges and Universities,” and is open for both men and women to apply for a $25,000 scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year to attend Louisiana's Xavier University, Ohio's Wilberforce University, Alabama's Tuskegee University and Florida's Bethune-Cookman University. Most college-aged fans will remember this time last year when she revealed her Formation Scholars Award for the 2017-18 academic year.
“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Parkwood Entertainment (BeyGOOD’s parent organization) Philanthropy Director Ivy McGregor said about this year’s Scholars Program in a statement. “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”
A letter-themed statement shared to Beyoncé’s website also explains, “The [Coachella performance], with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride.” A fan-shot video of Beyonce's college marching band-themed opening from Saturday's performance can be watched above.
Any student hoping to apply for the scholarship must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA, and will be selected and announced by the four universities at some point over the summer.
While Beyoncé may not be getting ready to return to school come autumn, she is prepping for her return to the road alongside Jay-Z for the latest installment of their On The Run World Tour, which is scheduled to begin on June 6 in Cardiff, UK.