Berklee College of Music is one of four colleges participating in Beyoncé Knowles-Carter's annual Formation Scholars awards, beginning this fall. Berklee will award one scholarship to a current female undergraduate or graduate student in the college's campuses in Valencia, Spain and in Boston, U.S. The Formation Scholars awards encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident.
"We at Berklee love Beyoncé. As a singer, writer, producer, performer, and humanitarian, Beyoncé is a strong and inspiring role model for our students," said Berklee President Roger H. Brown. "Her original all-female band included a current professor and two Berklee alumnae. Beyoncé's support for a female student studying at the Valencia or Boston campus will have an impact on the global music industry, and further Beyoncé's own mission of artistic excellence and innovative business practices that have made her the most compelling artist of the 21st century."
The Formation Scholars award is a $25,000 scholarship available to female students studying music, creative arts, literature, or African American studies at the four selected institutions, which also include Spelman College, Howard University, and Parsons School of Design. Along with their applications, students must submit a short essay stating how Lemonade inspired their educational goals. All deadlines for entries will be set by the colleges, and each college will provide the application forms for candidates.
Berklee recently hosted a ten-year anniversary celebration of Beyoncé's original all-female band at the Berklee Performance Center as a part of its Signature Series programming.