In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. British newcomer Sam Smith and Beyonce - the most nominated female in Grammy history - are the current leaders at the Grammy Awards with five each. Smith and Beyonce will likely earn nominations for album of the year, the top award, when The Recording Academy announces the nominees Friday night, Dec. 5, 2014, on "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" (9 p.m., CBS). (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Students attending four historically Black colleges and universities during the 2018-19 school year will receive scholarships from singer Beyonce’s Homecoming Scholars Award program.

The world-famous performer will provide $25,000 in scholarship money to a student at Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce University in Ohio, Tuskegee University in Alabama and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.

The announcement comes the heels of the singer’s lauded performance Saturday at the Coachella music festival in Southern California, where she was supported on stage by more than 150 performers.

Her two-hour show — which marked the first time a Black woman had headlined the annual festival since its 1999 start — was billed as an homage to education and Black American culture.

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