Beyoncé is the talented musician everyone knows and loves. Aside from producing catchy songs and coming up with fierce dance moves, Beyoncé is also a charitable person who wants to help students get into – and afford – college. That's why she established Beyoncé scholarships over the past few years.
To determine if you are eligible to apply for Beyoncé scholarships, you must fit the right criteria.
What Are the Beyoncé Scholarships?
The singer has a few scholarship programs in the works. In 2017, to honor the one-year anniversary of her “Lemonade” release, she started the Formation Scholars awards, which were scholarships given to “young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident,” she said.
For the Formation Scholars, Beyoncé gave out four awards – one to each college – to female students who were majoring in African American studies, music, literature or the creative arts. They were students at Parsons School of Design, Howard University, Spelman College and Berklee College of Music.
Beyoncé didn’t stop there. In 2018, she became the first black woman to headline Coachella in its 19-year run. After her performance, she pledged to give $100,000 in Beyoncé scholarships to HBCUs, or historically black colleges and universities, through her Homecoming Scholars Award Program.
One current, graduate or incoming student for the 2018 to 2019 academic year received $25,000 toward Tuskegee University, Wilberforce University, Xavier University of Louisiana or Bethune-Cookman University. The scholarship program was part of the singer’s BeyGOOD initiative.
How to Apply to the Beyoncé Scholarship
Unfortunately, a Beyoncé scholarship has not yet been announced for 2019 to 2020. It is unclear whether or not the singer will extend her scholarship program for the next school year.
When students could apply, they had to be attending one of the four HBCUs and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. They didn’t have to be women, like the first Beyoncé scholarship from back in 2017. However, they did have to be majoring in certain programs including social sciences, computer science, engineering, communications, business, African American studies, literature and creative arts.
There is another option for students who want to get a scholarship from the Knowles-Carter dynasty. Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, also has an ongoing scholarship program available to students.
How to Apply for the Jay-Z Scholarship
Jay-Z’s scholarship, which is called the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund, is offered through his Shawn Carter Foundation. According to its official website, the scholarship fund “plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults.”
The fund provides individual grants to students who apply and reapply yearly, whether they are incoming or current students. The grant is for covering tuition and other expenses such as books and cost of living, and it is paid out directly to the institution. The scholars who are awarded are required to give back by becoming mentors to aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars and doing community service.
High school seniors, undergraduate students, students with GEDs and students at trade or vocational schools may apply. They must have at least a 2.0 GPA and be 25 years old or younger. For the 2019-2020 school year, applications opened on April 1 and closed on April 30.
There is no Rihanna scholarship, but the Beyoncé scholarship exists. Applicants need to include an essay that helps the deciding committee “understand how great you are,” according to the website. Applicants may also include a photo, but it is not necessary. Though applications are not yet open for the 2020-2021 school year, prospective scholars can check back on the website for more information when the time comes.
Kylie Ora Lobell is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. She has written about education for topics for LegalZoom, Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, Cornerstone and WeWork.