Beyoncé and co. are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Lemonade, when “Formation” was brought into our lives. She’s keeping up the good work this year not with a new surprise album, but with a new scholarship for creative women at one of four colleges across the nation.
The Formation Scholars program is available to incoming, current, or graduate students at one of four colleges — Howard University, Spelman College, Berklee College of Music, and the Parsons School of Design. Howard and Spelman are both historically black colleges and universities, while Berklee and Parsons are both elite creative institutions. Each school will have one Formation scholarship available, which will go to female students “pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature, or African American studies.”
The announcement, made on Beyoncé’s website, doesn’t say exactly how much is being offered, only that it’s for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships can be applied for directly from each of those schools. The scholarship program is part of the singer’s #BeyGood initiative, which chronicles her philanthropic efforts, including work in Haiti and with the people of Flint, Michigan in dealing with the ongoing water safety crisis.