When Beyonce encouraged women to “get in formation,” many Black women heeded the call. And when she followed up the anthem with a Super Bowl performance full of #BlackGirlMagic and Lemonade, an album celebrating the beauty and complexity of Black womanhood, sisters all over the globe fell in love because they felt seen, heard, and centered.
A year after its release, Beyonce is once again representing–and supporting–Black women through the creation of college scholarships targeting women at four colleges. Bey made the announcement about the “Formation Scholars” on her website.
“To add to the celebration of the one year anniversary of Lemonade, Beyonce Knowles-Carter announces the establishment of Formation Scholars awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident,” the announcement states.
The initial award will include four scholarships, one per student, at Berklee College of Music, Parsons School of Design, Howard University and Spelman College. It will be open to students studying African-American studies, music, literature, or the creative arts.
This move is yet another example of Bey’s growing activism. While she is notoriously private, in recent years she’s spoken out about police violence, Black Lives Matter, and the need to address the gender pay gap. Along with her husband, Jay Z, Beyonce has also supported protesters and causes that promote racial justice.