Wilberforce University is pleased to announce its selection as one of eight universities to offer the Homecoming Scholars Award Program Scholarship through Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and the BeyGOOD Initiative. One $25,000 scholarship will be awarded to a single incoming, current or graduate student with a demonstrated interest in any one or more of the disciplines listed below, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Disciplines of Study


Including but not limited to: African Studies, African-American Studies, Women’s Studies, Philanthropy, Social Responsibility


Including but not limited to: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, Information Systems Management, International Business, Marketing, Public Administration


Including but not limited to: Advertising, Global, Health, Intercultural, Interpersonal, Journalism, Marketing, Media and Digital Media, Public Relations


Including but not limited to: Artificial Intelligence, Bio-computation, Computer Engineering, Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction, Information, Systems, Theory, or Unspecialized.


Including but not limited to: Theater Arts, Film, Fashion Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Electronic Studio, Ceramics, Videography, Acting, Dancing, Video Production, Theatre Arts Administration, Theater Technology


Including but not limited to: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, Educational Leadership, Masters in Education, Social Work, Special Education, Music Education


Including but not limited to all engineering subdisciplines and interdisciplinary subjects that are derived from concentrations, combinations, or extensions of the major engineering branches.


Including but not limited to: Poetry, Creative Writing, English, African American Literature, Linguistics

To be considered for the Homecoming Scholars Award Program applications must satisfy all the following criteria:

  • Incoming students must provide school assignments that demonstrate their interest in their desired field.
  • Writing samples need not be published works.
  •     Work can be shown in a traditional or electronic portfolio and writing samples need not be published works.
  • Each student must submit a 1000-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 must also include how they plan to contribute to history through their own life’s work.
  • Deadline for application: The application process begins on May 1st and ends on May 31, 2018.

A scholarship committee will review all applications and select the Homecoming Scholars Award Program winner by Saturday, June 30, 2018.  


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