Beyoncé Celebrates 1 Year of LEMONADE with Launch of Formation Scholars for Young Women

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter marked the one year anniversary of the release of her Peabody Award-winning visual album LEMONADE in a monumental way. The singer honored her accomplishment with an announcement that will honor other women for their accomplishments as well. Yesterday (April 24), Beyoncé took to her official website to debut her next charitable venture: the Formation Scholars scholarship program for young women!

The scholarship program seeks to award youngwomen who are studying one of the following four categories: music, literature, creative arts, or African-American studies. Four Formation Scholar awards will be given to four women for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year and, as the statement reads, the awards will be given to women “who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”


The Formation Scholars scholarship program is yet another philanthropic effort that Queen Bey can add underneath the umbrella of her journey to create social change with her BEYGOOD initiative. It is also something she’s following her husband’s lead on, as the mogul founded The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund, in addition to education endeavors he has funded in the past through his charity organization, The Shawn Carter Foundation.

The colleges that will honor her scholarship fund are Berklee College of Music, Parsons School of Design, Howard University, and Spelman College. Eligible applicants must be incoming students, current students, or graduate students majoring in creative arts, literature, music, or African-American studies. They must also be attending or planning to attend one of the aforementioned participating universities.

Each school only has one scholarship to award to one lucky woman per academic year. For full details and application deadlines for the scholarship, check out the website of the college of your choosing.

Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation.

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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.