Beyonce Scholarship Offers Opportunity to Aspiring Students


WASHINGTON (KNWA) — Superstar performer Beyonce is helping to send four women back to school this year through her first-ever Formation Scholarship.

The students were selected from Historically Black Colleges such as Howard and Spelman. 

One student, Maya Rogers, said her love of music is part of what allowed her to receive the Formation Scholarship. 

“I can’t imagine life without music,” Rogers said. 

Fortunately for her, it looks like she won’t have to.

Rogers was awarded a $25,000 scholarship from Beyonce after she took place in a long application process, which required applicants to write an essay about how Beyonce’s sixth studio album, Lemonade, had inspired their academic pursuits. 

“It was just overwhelming themes of resilience and love and how love, at the end of the day, it trumps everything,” Rogers said.  “It outshines everything. It heals everything.”

The scholarship went to four female students studying creative arts, literature, music and African-American studies. 

Rogers said she hopes to be able to use the scholarship to eventually help others. 

Rogers said music has helped her to recover from a serious car accident she had years ago, and she now hopes to use some of her scholarship money to take part in a Music Therapy program at Howard. 

The scholarship “is going to allow me to finish the certificate program here at Howard and a six month internship after that,” Rogers said. 

In the end, Rogers just wants to use her talents to help others heal. 

“It’s not just for sick people or people with server emotional programs,” Rogers said.  “It’s for every human being in one way shape or form.”

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