LOS ANGELES - On the back of wide praise for her two-hour performance at the Coachella music festival, Beyonce said she was offering $100,000 (R1,23 million) in scholarship money to students at four historically black colleges and universities.
The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-19 academic year will give away $25,000 (R309750) in scholarship money to a student respectively at the Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce University in Ohio, Tuskegee University in Alabama and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, the "Lemonade" album singer's foundation said.
"We honour all institutions of higher learning for maintaining the culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students," Ivy McGregor, who administers the singer's BeyGood foundation, said in a statement announcing the scholarship.
Now Google has partnered with the music icon to match her $100 000 (R1,23 million) grant for four more colleges. The grant will benefit students from Texas Southern University, Morehouse College, Grambling State University and Fisk University.
McGregor said partnering with companies like Google in support of HBCUs is their way of promoting cultural touchstones that paint a clear picture of excellence and opportunity through diverse education.
Beyonce's performance at the Coachella festival in the Southern California desert on Saturday was billed as a homage to education and black American culture, featuring a marching band, performance art, choir and dance. She was supported by more than 150 performers on stage.
The 36-year-old singer with a net worth of $350 million (about R4 billion) also established a merit scholarship program to support young women called the Formation Scholars Awards Program. The program was established in April 2017 to celebrate the success of her most recent album, Lemonade.