On the anniversary of her critically acclaimed hit album “Lemonade” turning one, Beyoncé has announced a scholarship program.
A scholarship in the arts for women:
The scholarship will be offered to young women who are studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies.
These young women could be incoming, current, or graduate students. However, they must be studying at one of the following four universities: Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.
Beyoncé posted a statement on her website writing that she wishes the scholarship “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident”.
Those who are interested to apply can get the scholarship details and application from the universities directly.
Admiration from Michelle Obama:
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, who is an avid Beyoncé fan, noticed the commendable initiative by the pop star. She took on Twitter to praise her efforts, saying:
“Always inspired by your powerful contributions Beyoncé. You are a role model for us all. Thank you for investing in our girls.”
In 2015, Obama had launched her own education initiative, called “Let Girls Learn”. The initiative aims at assisting young women in the entire world and offer them a bigger and broader access to education.
To found this initiative, Obama partnered with activist Malala Yousafzai. A champion of girls’ education worldwide, who became known worldwide for her efforts to help educate girls after she survived getting shot in the head by the Taliban, an extremist group, in her native Pakistan.
Yousafzai has been awarded a Nobel Prize for her advocacy and efforts.
As per a report by the Independent, Let Girls Learn has raised a little over $3.5 billion in less than a year since its founding.