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Get To Know Beyonce’s Inspiring ‘Formation Scholarship’ Winners

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Today, Beyonce Knowles-Carter announces the four lovely winners of The Formation Scholars Award for the 2017-2018 academic school year. On the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, the establishment of the merit scholarship program was announced through her BeyGood initiative.
Female students who attend Berklee College of Music, Howard University, The New School’s Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College were eligible for the scholarships. All applicants had to have maintained a 3.5 GPA or above and submitted a short essay stating how LEMONADE inspired their educational goals.
The scholarship inspires and supports young women to be themselves, be aware, be confident, and unafraid to think differently. Who can’t get on board with that?
Here are the details on all of the winners:
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Sadiya is studying dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Originally from Suffern, New York, she began dancing at the age of six under the guidance of Arthur Mitchell at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ramos worked with François Perron at the French Academie of Ballet as a teenager, where she acquired the instruction needed to develop her individual style and improve her performance skills.




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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.




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Maya Rogers is a songwriter and vocalist who believes in the power that music has to heal, connect us with one another, and help us understand ourselves more deeply. Maya has returned to school to study music therapy after recovering from a traumatic brain injury in 2013. She describes her recovery as the most frightening and fascinating time of her life, and music played a large role in her regaining the ability to read, write, play music, and sing.




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Bria Paige is a rising junior English major at Spelman College from Jackson, Mississippi. At Spelman, Bria is invested in her academics as she maintains membership in the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and is a Dean’s List scholar. In addition, Bria holds various leadership positions, including Spelman Student Government Association (SSGA) Secretary of Academic Affairs and co-President of the English Club.

Congrats to all of the winners! Stay beautiful, stay creative, and keep up the #BlackGirlMagic.



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