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Beyoncé donates $100,000 to black universities

BEYGOOD: Beyoncé's charitable foundation is donating $25,000 to four historically black universities (Image: Beyoncé/Instagram)

BEYONCÈ HAS announced a $100,000 (£70,000) scholarship for students at historically black universities.

The news comes while fans are still coming to terms with the spectacle of Beyonce’s Coachella set, which was steeped in historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) culture and symbolism.

Taking her love for and commitment to HBCUs beyond the stage, the scholarship will see Beyoncé’s BeyGood foundation donate $25,000 (£17,000) to four different universities for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The four recipient historically black universities are Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Bethane-Cookman University and Tuskegee University, the institute founded by Booker T Washington, a former slave who became one of most influential African-American scholars of the late 19th century.

Charlotte P Morris, Tuskegee’s interim president, said: “We are truly honored that Tuskegee University has been selected to be part of Beyoncé’s Homecoming Scholars Award Programme.

“We also salute Beyoncé’s philanthropic spirit in support of education and the mission of our nation’s historically black colleges and universities.”

Ivy McGregor, director of philanthropy and corporate relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD, said: “We salute the rich legacy of historically black colleges and universities.

“We honour all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning that expand dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

Many Beyoncé fans wouldn’t hesitate to enroll in a “HBeyCU” but in the absence of a Beyoncé-themed college or university, the star’s latest announcement is the next best thing.

The Lemonade singer’s Coachella set made her the first black woman to headline the 19-year-old festival that takes place annually in California.

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