Be good indeed. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, coming off the heels of their About Love campaign with Tiffany & Co., announced on Thursday (Sept. 9) that their charities BeyGOOD and the Shawn Carter Foundation have partnered with the luxury jewelry brand to launch the About Love Scholarship program.
Together, they have pledged $2 million in scholarship funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universitites — also known as HBCUs — to help students who are pursuing studies in history, communications, or the arts. The scholarship will be award to five colleges that are both private and public. The selected schools are Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Bennett College in North Carolina, University or Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Central State University in Ohio.
In order for a student to qualify for the scholarship, they must be receiving financial aid under their HBCU. The scholarship is based on need, and priority will be given to students who are in need of economic assistance or are in a financial hardship. The size of the award will also be based upon need.
“We could like to thank the Shawn Carter Foundation, BeyGOOD, The Carters and the Tiffany & Co. family for including Lincoln University in this amazing gift,” said Dr. Brenda A. Allen, president of Lincoln University, in a statement. “Over the years, we have developed a wonderful partnership being a part of The Shawn Carter Foundation HBCU Bus Tour. Lincoln has placed a high priority on supporting the arts and humanities on our campus. Providing financial support for students pursuing these majors enhances their ability to more fully engage their studies.”
Applications for the About Love Scholarship open at each school on Sept. 10 and close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 26.