NEW ORLEANS – Beyoncé will offer four $25,000 scholarships for students at historically black colleges and universities, including Xavier University in New Orleans.

Through the “BeyGOOD Initiative” four HBCUs will receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program.

One winner from each school, Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman, will receive a $25,000 scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year for study in various fields.

On Saturday, April 14, Beyoncé headlined the Coachella Music Festival, paying homage to HBCUs and the homecoming weekend experience.

"We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," states Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment which houses BeyGOOD. "We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students."

The Homecoming Scholars Award Program will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.

All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced this summer.

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