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Posted: April 16, 2018

Beyoncé donates $100,000 to historically black colleges in four states

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By Amelia Robinson, DaytonDailyNews.com

After headlining Coachella music festival over the weekend, Beyoncé announced a major donation to four historically black colleges in four states.

The internationally-recognized superstar is giving $25,000 each to Tuskegee University in Alabama, Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University in Ohio.

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“The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender,” a news release on the program said. “The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.” 

Related: Destiny’s Child reunites during Beyonce’s Coachella performance

Beyoncé made the donations to the Homecoming Scholars Award program at the schools for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative.

“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment said in a statement. “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

The scholarship follows last year’s Formation Scholars Awards Program, which was established to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade.”

Each university will select the winners, which will be announced this summer.


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INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Destiny’s Child reunites during Beyonce’s Coachella performance

For her Coachella debut, Beyonce did a two-hour set and reunited with Destiny’s Child in the process.

More than halfway through her performance, Beyonce disappeared and reappeared emerging from under the stage with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

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The singers performed their hits “Say My Name” and “Soldier” before Beyonce went back to performing solo.

The speculated reunion was confirmed just before the show by Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, the luxury brand that designed Beyonce’s costumes for the show.

Related: Photos: Beyonce performs at Coachella

Vogue reported that Rousteing dressed the 200-plus dancers for the show, plus Rowland and Williams.

All three singers posted photos from the reunion on Instagram.

Destiny’s Child wasn’t the only guest during the show. Beyonce performed with her husband JAY-Z and sister Solange during the set.

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