Morehouse student receives $25K Beyoncé scholarship

Kameron Willis is one of eight recipients for the 2018-2019 Homecoming Scholars Award Program by Beyoncé.
Kameron Willis is one of eight recipients for the 2018-2019 Homecoming Scholars Award Program by Beyoncé.

Credit: Provided by Kameron Willis

Credit: Provided by Kameron Willis

Imagine waking up and realizing you had a gift from award-winning musical artist Beyoncé. Well, one metro-Atlanta college student did.

Kameron Willis of Morehouse College is one of eight winners for the 2018-2019 Homecoming Scholars Award Program by Beyoncé. The scholarship, specifically dedicated to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, gifts $25,000 to each winning student for their studies.

 

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The rising sophomore said he called his mom immediately after he saw the announcement.

“I had to look four times to make sure that was my name,” Willis said. “I was in disbelief. ”

Willis, a Cleveland, Ohio native, mentioned that the scholarship announcement came at a great time because he and his mom were struggling to figure out how to pay for his next year of school.

Kameron Willis tweets about his scholarship award.
Kameron Willis tweets about his scholarship award.

At Morehouse, Willis is studying biology and wants to pursue a career as a surgeon.

The Homecoming Scholars Award program was announced in April after Beyoncé’s Coachella performance, where she payed homage to the homecoming weekend experience at HBCUs. According to her website, scholarship winners could be any major, but they had to have a grade point average of 3.5 or above. Willis has a 3.75 GPA.

This isn't the first time Beyoncé has provided scholarships for students at HBCUs. Last year, she celebrated the anniversary of her album "Lemonade" by awarding scholarships to four "Formation scholars," including Morehouse's neighboring institution Spelman College.

Students at Bethune-Cookman, Wilberforce, Xavier, Tuskegee, Texas-Southern, Fisk and Grambling State were also awarded the ‘Homecoming’ scholarship.


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