NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fisk University was selected as one of eight schools to receive a $25,000 scholarship from Beyoncé.
The new Homecoming Scholars Award Program was made possible through her BeyGOOD initiative and will award the eight scholarships to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The scholarships will be for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Beyoncé announced the schools following her performances at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival where she made history by becoming the first black woman to headline the festival in its 19-year run.
The seven other schools also receiving the scholarship included: Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Texas Southern University, Grambling State University, and Morehouse College.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected for the BeyGOOD Homecoming Scholars Award Program,” said President Kevin D. Rome, Sr. “Financial support is essential to our mission, affording students the opportunity to realize their dreams. We are especially thankful for Beyoncé’s philanthropic commitment to historically black colleges and universities.”
The scholarship will only be offered to a qualified student, regardless of gender, according to the university. It will be based on merit and community service, and must be in one of the following eligible disciplines: literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science, and engineering. The student must also have a 3.5 GPA or above.
According to the university, finalists will be selected, and the scholarship recipient will be announced this summer. For more information, visit Fisk University online.