Beyoncé and JAY-Z Surprise One BGCMP Club Kid with a $100,000 College Scholarship at their Phoenix On the Run II Tour Concert
(Phoenix, September 19, 2018) – The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix is thrilled to announce that Club member Mikayla Lowry was awarded a $100,000 college scholarship by Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s foundations, BeyGOOD Initiative and The Shawn Carter Foundation, during last night’s On the Run II Tour concert last night at the State Farm Stadium.
Nineteen Boys & Girls Clubs teens, including all 12 Youth of the Year honorees, were invited to attend the sold-out concert by the artists. DJ Khaled came on stage before the start of the show to share the news with the crowd and surprise Mikayla, a senior at Trevor Browne High School.
Video footage thanks to Shawn Carter Foundation and BeyGOOD
The Shawn Carter Foundation and the BeyGOOD Initiative partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on this scholarship program. Beyoncé and Jay Z are planning to award $100,000 in each of the One the Run II Tour cities. The scholarship must be awarded to an exceptional student with financial needs. Across 11 cities, the pair plan to award a total of $1.1 million in scholarships.
The winner had no idea they have been nominated for this life changing award.
Fast facts about the winner, Mikayla Lowry:
- Mikayla is a senior at Trevor Browne High School
- This student has excellent grades and a 4-year college should be in the future, but tuition likely would have put this out of reach for her family.
- She’s currently dual-enrolled at Estrella Mountain Community College and will graduate this year with her completed Associates degree.
- She hopes to pursue a degree in Marine Biology or Forensics at GCU or Northern Arizona University.
- She is the first in her family to attend college.
Mikayla’s History with BGCMP:
- She has been a Club kid for more than 10 years – since age 6 – at the Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch in Phoenix.
- Mikayla has volunteered many hours with BGCMP’s Better to Give program where she serves in soup kitchens and in shelters. She was the Torch Club President and Keystone Vice President. (These are Boys & Girls Clubs service clubs.)
- She was named the Youth of the Year for the Stewart Branch – 2018 and will compete in this year’s Youth of the Year program.