Not too long ago, Beyonce launched a scholarship program called the Formation scholarship program to mark the one year anniversary of her Lemonded album. The scholarship was to be granted to for women who are studying ccreative arts, mussic, literature or African American studies, women who werent afraid to think outside the box, according to her.
To compete each student submitted an essay about how “Lemonade” inspired their academic and professional pursuits. Winners were then selected by a committee from each of the four participating schools, Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College.
Yesterday, she announced the four winners who will be walking home with a cash prize of $25,000 and they are Maya Rogers is a vocalist and also palys guitar, piano and flute. Rogers had a hard time recovering from a ghastly car crash which happened in February, 2013 and is currently working towards a career in music therapy at Howard University.
Sadiya Ramos, a sophomore at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Ramos is studying dance. The native of Suffern, N.Y., started dancing when she was 6 years old, according to Berklee. “Sadiya’s energy and talent know no limits, and I know she will continue to excel as a dancer and artist as a student, and in the future,” Cathy Young, executive director of Boston Conservatory at Berklee, said.
Bria Paige, an English major at Spelman. Paige, a rising junior from Jackson, Miss., “exemplifies the female scholar this award intends to bolster as she has excelled not only in the classroom but also as a leader among her peers,” Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell said.
Avery Youngblood is a recent Stanford University graduate, Class of 2016 and an undergraduate student in the AAS (Associates) Graphic Design program at Parsons School of Design at The New School, Class of 2018. As an undergraduate at Stanford she studied Linguistics and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Avery discovered that it was possible to translate her creative curiosity for design by focusing on language and the social interaction that takes place in our multicultural society, and the variety of platforms we use to connect with one another.