Formation Scholars Award

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To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her award-winning album Lemonade, singer-songwriter and actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter established the Formation Scholars Award. The one-time $25,000 scholarship is available to a qualified female student for the 2017–2018 academic year. The goal of this award is to "encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box, and who are bold, creative, conscious, and confident."


The application is now closed, and we are no longer accepting submissions. The recipient will be announced by mid-June.


  • Female incoming or continuing undergraduate or graduate student studying at the combined Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee campus in Boston; Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain; or at Berklee Online.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) greater than or equal to 3.5. Please note the Master of Arts in music therapy program uses a 10-point scale, so the minimum GPA requirement for those candidates is 8.9. 
  • Evidence of work in the field of study by submission of a website, an electronic portfolio, or other online media. Writing samples need not be published works. For incoming students, evidence of work can be high school writing samples or community activities that demonstrate work in the field.
  • Submission of a short essay (500 words maximum) stating how Beyoncé's album Lemonade inspired your educational goals.
  • A minimum of 17 credits remaining toward graduation in the 2017–2018 academic year for undergraduate students and a minimum of 12 credits remaining for graduate students.
  • Full-tuition scholars are not eligible to receive this award.