Beyoncé honors confident, creative young women through newly established ‘Formation’ scholarships

Cover source: Beyoncé’s official Instagram account

Cover source: Beyoncé’s official Instagram account

Amid her twin pregnancy and countless professional commitments, music and pop-culture icon Beyoncé still finds time to empower and inspire young women through both her work and personal initiatives.

To mark the first anniversary of her mega-successful visual album Lemonade, the artist has launched her own scholarship program dubbed ‘Formation Scholars’ with an ultimate aim to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident” as per the description on her website.

The program specifically targets new, current or graduate female students majoring in music, creative arts, literature or African-American studies. Participating universities include Berklee College of Music, Parsons School of Design, Howard University and Spelman College.

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Four scholarships will be awarded in total, one per college.

And while the exact amount of money tied to each of the awards hasn’t been confirmed to date, a Berklee spokesperson told NPR that the scholarship is for $25,000 per school per year.

The name of the scholarship, on the other hand, is linked to both Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour, which she launched following her guest appearance in the Super Bowl 50 halftime show last year to promote her sixth studio album, and her song ‘Formation’, also from the same album, which topped Google’s year-end list of the most-searched songs in 2016.

Think you’ve got what it takes to qualify for one of Queen Bey’s scholarships? You can learn more about application details and deadlines directly from the participating colleges.