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#BeyGood: Google Just Matched Beyoncé’s HBCU Scholarship Program

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Apr. 23 2018, Published 11:11 p.m. ET

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“If they’re trying to party with The Queen, they gone have to sign a non-disclosure.”

-or at least match the amount of scholarships funds Beyonce provided for HBCU’s.  And that’s exactly what Google did.

Last week we all tuned in as Beyonce made history with her iconic Coachella performance dedicated to the classic traditions only found at HBCU’s.  But in true King B fashion, that wasn’t the only history she was making.  The superstar later announced that her organization Beygood would be donating $100,000 in scholarships to four HBCU’s-Texas Southern University, Fisk University, Grambling State University and Morehouse College.

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Inspired by her generous efforts, Google.org has matched the $100,000 grant Beyoncé announced last week, which will enable four additional HBCUs to receive $25,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” states Maab Ibrahim, a Google.org program manager. “In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé’s generous donation.”

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“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” states Maab Ibrahim, a Google.org program manager. “In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé’s generous donation.”

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A total of eight schools will now receive Homecoming Scholars awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, including awards previously-announced for Xavier University of LouisianaWilberforce University in OhioTuskegee University in Alabama and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.

One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields.  This is the second year of scholars programs created by Beyoncé.

The Formation Scholars Awards Program, also a merit scholarship program, was established in April 2017 in celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé’s critically-acclaimed and globally-lauded 2016 visual album.   The Formation Scholars awards encouraged and supported young women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside of the box.

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