Howard University announced the winner of the 2017 Formation Scholarship on Monday as singer and graduate student Maya Rogers.
The $25,000 scholarship was funded by pop-star Beyoncé in celebration of the one-year anniversary of her album “Lemonade.” Howard was one of four universities who partnered up with the superstar in offering the scholarship.
“Maya Rogers is the quintessential Howard University student. She has a stellar academic record and is using her talents to empower others. We are pleased that she is recognized and rewarded for her commitment to service and academic excellence,” Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick stated in a press release on Thursday.
Rogers will be the first to obtain a certificate in Music Therapy at Howard, according to the university. She will receive the scholarship in the fall of 2017.
“Rogers’ journey to study music therapy in graduate school began after recovering from a traumatic brain injury in 2013. She describes her recovery as ‘the most frightening and fascinating time’ of her life with music playing a large role in her regaining the ability to read, write, play music, and sing. She also uses her musical abilities to serve her community, creating Her.Voice, a program empowering young girls through singing and creative writing in 2015. Additionally, Rogers can be heard on television and in ?lms such as Alpha Dog, Made In Hollywood, and Hearts of Christmas,” the University stated in a press release.