Just over a day after setting the world on fire with a concert that paid homage to HBCU culture, Beyonce is giving to them in an even more tangible way.
The singer has announced a newly established Homecoming Scholars Awards Program in which one student from four HBCUs will receive a $25,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University will all have one recipient each.
“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment which houses BeyGOOD. “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.”
This isn’t the first time the iconic singer has supported higher education at HBCUs.
The program began awarding aid in 2017, giving to students at Berklee College of Music, Howard, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College. The difference between last year’s program and HSAP is this year’s funds are earmarked totally to HBCUs and will be available to all genders as the first was specifically for women.
A lot of folks borrow from HBCU culture, but never put anything back into the pot. Beyonce could have been satisfied with the sentiment that her performance itself was a gift for HBCUs, but thankfully she and her organization made an effort to do something more tangible.