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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Beyoncé Scholar Named at Ohio HBCU Wilberforce University

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 9:29 AM

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Yesterday, LeBron James welcomed 240 young students to their first day of classes at the I Promise School, LeBron's public school for underperforming students in the city of Akron.

But LeBron wasn't the only major celebrity making good on promises to help students. Beyonce, who performed in Cleveland with Jay-Z last week, announced the winners of a $25,000 scholarship at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.

Springfield, Ohio's Erin Evans won the award at Wilberforce University, America's first private HBCU, which Scene covered in 2014 in the midst of its accreditation crisis. 

In order to win the scholarship, Evans wrote a 1,000 essay on a black leader who personally inspired her. She is studying sociology at Wilberforce. Students at Xavier Univerity of Lousiana, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman were also named as part of Beyonce's Homecoming Scholars Award Program.

"Never been a boastful person when it comes to my achievements but I just want to thank everyone who has supported me no matter what," Evans wrote in a Facebook post announcing the good news.

"I know that I’m doing good work and I plan to create even more opportunities for other students to receive scholarships because I’m not the only one with a need. Again, thank you. Thank you to the city that raised me despite how others view it. Thank you to my parents that support me. Thank you to my grandmother who still keeps a roof over my head and provides my wheels to get me from point A to point B. Thank you friends that support me in my dreams and goals. Thank you Beygood Foundation." 

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