Wilberforce Beyonce Thank You

Wilberforce University thanks Beyoncé for donation with music video: Watch it here.

A Dayton-area university chose a unique way to thank a music superstar who made a recent donation.

Beyoncé announced on Monday that she is giving Wilberforce University $25,000 as part of her Homecoming Scholars Award Program through the singer’s BeyGOOD initiative.

RELATED: Beyoncé — yes, THAT Beyoncé — is giving this local university $25K. Here’s why.

Beyoncé will also give $25,000 to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana, which along with Wilberforce are all historically black colleges.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce performs at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. The pop star is the leader of the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with Lemonade, and song and record of the year with Formation, announced Tuesday, Dec. 6. The singer, who already has 20 Grammys, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Photo: Staff Writer

One winner from each school will receive $25,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields, according to the announcement. Applicants at each school must have a 3.5 grade point average. Finalists and winners will be selected by the universities and will be announced this summer, according to the announcement.

PHOTOS: Check out this nearly $1M Beavercreek home with outdoor pool

In the video, students can be seen dancing to music and the words “1856 is when we arrived, shout out to Beyoncé and the Beyhive,” can be heard in the background. Wilberforce University — the first private historically black college in the country — was founded in 1856.

The national notoriety is welcome at Wilberforce University, as the school has been affected by financial difficulties including layoffs and pay cuts in recent years.


• PHOTOS: Check out this luxury Kettering house with home theater

Starbucks to close more than 8,000 stores for racial bias training

Wright State apologizes after graduation ticket limit sparks online outrage

Sinclair to close deal Friday on Centerville church for $9.65 million

5 big changes Kroger is bringing to area stores

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.