Beyoncé celebrated the one-year anniversary of her album Lemonade with the announcement of her “Formation Scholars” program. The scholarship will launch for the 2017-2018 school year.
According to a statement posted on the artist’s website, the “Formation Scholars” awards aim to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, conscious and confident.” Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman college are currently the only participating universities and each will award one female incoming, current or graduate student who is studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American Studies. Each college will provide information on how to apply to the program directly to matriculating students.
Throughout her career, Beyoncé has been supportive of charitable endeavors that encourage the education and professional achievements of young women. Earlier this year, she joined a lengthy list of celebrities who openly supported the anti-Trump Women’s March and signed an open letter in support of International Women’s Day.
Following the release of Lemonade, which was recently recognized with a Peabody Award, the singer set out on her Formation World Tour. Her album and its visual accompaniment were recognized at several award ceremonies and was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. Right before appearing at the Grammys, Beyoncé announced that she and husband Jay Z were expecting twins. She performed at the ceremony pregnant, though she cancelled her headlining set at Coachella due to her pregnancy.