The winners of Beyoncé Formation Scholarship are Sadiya Ramos – a sophomore at Berklee College of Music, Avery Youngblood – a second-year student at Parsons School of Design, Maya Rogers – a graduate student at Howard University, and Bria Paige a junior at Spelman College. The scholarship seeks to encourage and support women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside the box.
To apply for the scholarship, students must have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or above and were to submit an essay about how “Lemonade” inspired their academic and professional pursuits. Winners were then selected by a committee from each of the four participating schools, Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College.
The superstar announced through her BeyGOOD initiative, the establishment of the merit scholarship program last April in celebration of the one-year anniversary of “Lemonade“, Beyonce’s sixth studio album and her critically-acclaimed album. Eligibility was restricted to current and incoming female undergraduate and graduate students at Berklee College of Music (all campuses), Howard University in Washington, DC, Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City, and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. The discipline supported by the scholarship was also restricted to included creative arts, music, literature and African-American studies.