Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprise 17-year-old Arizona student with $100K scholarship
Beyonce and Jay-Z pave the way for a bright future for a 17-year-old student who shakes in shock at learning she was the recipient of a college scholarship from the couple during their concert in Phoenix.
17-year-old Mikayla Lowry didn’t realize that attending Beyonce and Jay-Z’s concert was going to result in a brighter future for her. Her name was called during the show to reveal she was the recipient of the couple’s college scholarship fund.
Mikayla, a senior at Trevon Browne High School in Arizona was one of 19 students from the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix who attended the couple's “On The Run II” concert at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix on September 19. They attended the concert for free.
It was during DJ Khaled’s portion during the show when it was announced the tour will be acknowledging “an extraordinary individual making a difference in this world.” Mikayla, who had no idea she was nominated, suddenly heard her name being called by Khaled as the recipient of the $100,000 scholarship from the Shawn Carter Foundation and BeyGood Initiative. Khaled announced Mikayla was deserving of the award because she “has been part of the Boys & Girls Club, a true role model with a 3.7 GPA, a future marine biologist.”
Mikayla was initially shocked by the announcement but was later grateful for the opportunity while shaking at the thought.
“I’m so grateful, this is crazy! I wasn’t even expecting this, I’m shaking. Oh my God, thank you so much!”
Mikayla is the seventh student to be given a scholarship by Beyonce and Jay-Z during their concert tour. The couple who partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs committed to providing scholarships totaling $1 million across 11 cities. Mikayla reportedly received the largest scholarship their local Boys & Girls club ever earned.
Last year, Beyonce also launched her Formation Scholars Award helping female students with their college education. The launch coincided with the one-year anniversary of her album “Lemonade.” In a statement posted on the singer’s website, four universities were named to award one of their students with the scholarship for courses related to arts, music, literature or African American Studies. Each year, one student from each school will be chosen.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and Jay-Z continue to amaze their audiences with their powerful concert tour. Celebrities and notable personalities have been spotted enjoying their show including former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama who watched them perform in Maryland. The influential couple busted some dance moves stationed in one of the VIP boxes. Barack was captured on video waving his hands in the air like a regular concert-goer having the time of his life. Meanwhile, his wife danced and jumped beside him drawing more attention to them than the show's actual performers.