Beyoncé’s newly-launched scholarship program for young women has got the seal of approval from the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
In honor of the one-year anniversary of her hit album Lemonade, Bey unveiled the Formation Scholars awards, a scholarship program aimed towards young women to follow their passions and dreams through education.
The initiative caught the eye of Obama, who tweeted: “Always inspired by your powerful contributions Beyonce. You are a role model for us all. Thank you for investing in our girls.”
Aside from being close friends, Beyonce and Obama are bonded in their advocacy for young women’s rights to education. Obama launched Let Girls Learn in 2015, an initiative to help assist young women everywhere to have greater access to education. The charity raised more than $3.5bn in a little over a year since its debut, according to the Independent.
Through Beyonce’s new project, four scholarships are to be awarded in the 2017-2018 school year, with an aim to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.” Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College are participating in the program.
This article was originally published on Billboard.