(Photo: Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger)
(Photo: Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger)

“I got it. I got it. I got it.”

Bria Paige excitedly talked to her mother over the phone while laughing and crying. 

She had just found out her dreams were supported by her idol, superstar Beyoncé.

“I’m just a regular girl out here just really working hard to make my dreams into reality.”

The 19-year-old has been a fan of Beyoncé “since forever” and has seen her in concert twice. The Jackson native could not stop smiling as she explained her reaction to the news.

“Oh my God, Beyoncé? The Beyoncé? This is crazy. She knows who I am.”

On June 15, Paige was named one of four winners of Beyoncé’s first Formation Scholarship. She will receive $25,000 toward her education by Parkwood Entertainment, Beyoncé’s management and entertainment company.

According to her website, Beyoncé created this scholarship to celebrate the anniversary of her visual album, LEMONADE, and to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”

Beyoncé listed four schools and four majors eligible for the scholarship. She specified Berklee College of Music, Parsons School of Design, Howard University and Spelman College as the schools and creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies as the majors.

For the full story, visit USAToday.com/News/NationNow.


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