Beyoncé announced on her website that she is launching a scholarship program for young women in time for the 2017-2018 academic year.

BEYONCÉ ANNOUNCES FORMATION SCHOLORSHIPS

The singer is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her hit album Lemonade with her new Formation Scholars program. The intention is “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident.”

Four scholarships will be awarded to incoming, current, or graduate female students who are pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies. One scholarship each will be awarded to a student at Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.

Beyoncé has always been an outspoken advocate for women and girls. “I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be,” the singer said in 2013 at the launch of Gucci’s Chime for Change. “It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honored to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.”

In 2015, that campaign merged with Global Citizen for a long-term partnership “to convene, unite, and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women globally.”

Read the entire announcement from the singer’s website below:

“To add to the celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announces the establishment of Formation Scholars awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident. Four scholarships will be awarded, one per college, to female incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies. The schools selected for participation are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College. All details and application deadlines are available directly from the colleges.”