To honor the one-year anniversary of Lemonade, Beyoncé announced she was creating the Formation Scholar Awards for young women. These scholarships will be given to young women for the 2017-2018 school year in order to support them in following their educational dreams.
The purpose of the scholarship is “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident,” according to Beyoncé’s tweet. One scholarship is available at a total of four schools: Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College. The young woman receiving the Formation Scholar Award must be studying either the creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama was very pleased to hear about Beyoncé’s scholarship:
Michelle has been known to advocate for the enhanced education of young women since she created Let Girls Learn in 2015. The charity has raised over $3.5 billion so far to give young women better access to education, according to an article by The Independent.