Beyoncé awards scholarship to Wilberforce student

A Dayton-area university student found out this week that she is getting a scholarship from a music superstar.

Beyoncé named Wilberforce University student Erin Evans as the recipient of a scholarship through the singer's Homecoming Scholars Award Program called the BeyGOOD initiative.

Evans is a native of Springfield and is studying sociology, according to the university. Evans will receive $25,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields, according to an announcement.

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Along with Evans, students at the historically black colleges Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana were also selected.

Applicants at each school must have a 3.5 grade point average. To apply for the scholarship, Evans had to write a 1,000-word essay about one African or African-American thought leader who has inspired her.

The national notoriety was welcome at Wilberforce University as the school has been affected by financial difficulties including layoffs and pay cuts in recent years.


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