Is there anything Beyoncé can’t do?
Four African American women have been named the winners of Beyonce’s Formation Scholarship. Each student will be awarded $25,000 to help finance their educational endeavors.
Back in April, Beyoncé took to her website to officially launch the Formation scholarship program in celebration of her one year anniversary album, “Lemonade”.
Part of the criteria for the scholarship reward recipients is that you must be a woman, majoring in music, creative arts, literature or African-American studies. For those who applied for the scholarship had to have a 3.5 grade point average, and submit an essay on ‘How “Lemonade” inspired their academic goals’. All winners were selected through the BeyGood Foundation from the following colleges: Howard University, Berklee College of Music, Spelman College, and Parsons School Design.
Now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Continue reading below for the full list of scholarship reward recipients.
1. Sadiya Ramos: A sophomore studying dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. This summer Ramos is training with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet in San Francisco.
2. Maya Rogers: In 2013 Rogers suffered a traumatic brain injury and uses music therapy to ease the pain. The songwriter and vocalist uses her lessons from Howard University majoring in Music Therapy to inspire others.
3. Bria Paige: A junior at Spelman College studying English with a major focus in Black feminists, and plans to graduate with a doctorate. “Lemonade inspired my Mellon research proposal, untimely fueling my desire to pursue a doctoral studies centered on Black feminist thought and contribute to the involvement diverse scholarship within academia.”
4. Avery Youngsblood: A graduate from Stanford University with dual degree in Linguistics and Comparative Studies. Youngsblood continued her education at the Parsons School of Design, she’s now working as a design intern for the Major Baseball League.