Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announced the eight recipients of the Homecoming Scholars Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Wilberforce recipient is Springfield, Ohio native, Erin Evans.
“The Wilberforce University family is extremely proud of Ms. Evans and grateful to the Beyoncé Foundation for recognizing her commitment to academic achievement. As an HBCU scholar, Ms. Evans continues the Wilberforce tradition of academic excellence. Congratulations to all of our HBCU scholars.” – President Elfred Anthony Pinkard
Erin Evans is a sociology major, with an interest in pursuing her dream in gentrification of predominantly Black/Latino communities.As the current student leader for the W.U Media Experiential Program, Ms. Evans leadership expands over departments such as Television, Radio, Music, Drone Cinematography, and Fashion.
The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 is a merit program and was announced in April. It is the second scholarship merit program from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and BeyGOOD. The Formation Scholars Award Program was announced in the spring of 2017 and was open to female students across a variety of studies.
The Homecoming Scholars Award Program, announced after Beyoncé’s brilliant first weekend Coachella performance, an homage to excellence in education and a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, named four universities and extended the program to all qualifying students at the universities, regardless of gender.
The 2018-2019 disciplines include literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science, engineering and more. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.
Google.org partnered with BeyGOOD following Beyoncé’s second weekend Coachella performance, to add four more schools, including Fisk University, the alma mater of Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles and Morehouse College, the alma mater of Parkwood President & COO, Steve Pamon.
All qualifying applicants submitted a 1,000-word essay about one African or African-American thought leader in their field who has inspired them to achieve their goals (educational, professional, and/or community-driven). The essay included how they plan to contribute to history through their own life’s work. All finalists and the eight recipients were selected by committees from the colleges and universities.
Founded in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, BeyGOOD is an extension of Beyoncé’s charitable heart. Through impactful dynamic partnerships, BeyGOOD’s mission is to set an example of giving back and paying it forward while empowering others to do the same with what they have in their own communities. BeyGOOD is built on the belief that we are all in this together and each and every one of us can make a difference by giving back.