She used to claim she didn’t associate with the word ‘feminist’. Years later she was dancing in front of a giant light-up sign of the word, singing about the power of womanhood and demanding gender equality.
Now, on the first anniversary of the release of her critically acclaimed visual album ‘Lemonade’, she’s done something truly empowering.
Beyoncé has announced the Formation scholarship programme offering four young women funding to study the creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies.
Applicants for the Formation scholarship can be an incoming, current or graduate student at either Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design or Spelman College.
In a statement on her website, Beyoncé said she wanted scholarships to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident”.
Details of how to apply for the scholarship are directly available from the colleges themselves.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 26, 2017
The initiative has already been welcomed by former First Lady Michelle Obama.
She tweeted: “Always inspired by your powerful contributions Beyonce. You are a role model for us all. Thank you for investing in our girls.”
Michelle Obama’s own Let Girls Learn initiative raised more than $3.5billion in a single year for the advancement of young women in education.