Formation Scholars Announced

Congratulations to the winners of Beyoncé's Formation Scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year!

In April, the singer announced her Formation Scholarship awards via her website.

The awards program was created in honor of the one year anniversary of "Lemonade" and instantly went viral -- but not just anyone could apply. Applicants were asked to submit an essay that explained how Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' fueled their education goals, needed a minimum 3.5 GPA, and had to be enrolled in one of just a few select universities. 

Meet the four winners:

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Black women are now the most educated group in the United States. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between 2009 and 2010, black women earned 68 percent of all associate degrees awarded to black students, as well as 66 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 71 percent of master’s degrees and 65 percent of all doctorates awarded to black students. 

Unfortunately, while black women may be the most highly educated, a recent study found that black women make up just 8 percent of private sector jobs and less than 2 percent of leadership roles.

And as of 2013, black women earned just 64 cents to the white man’s dollar, while white women earned 78 cents, black men 75 cents, Hispanic men 67 cents and Hispanic women 54 cents.

Nevertheless, we honor those who persevere and are so happy for a couple of sista's avoiding some college debt. Thanks, Bey!