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Student wins $100K scholarship from Beyonce and Jay-Z's Foundations

Mikayla Lowry


A Phoenix high school got the surprise of her young life Wednesday night, when she was awarded a $100,000 scholarship at the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Glendale.

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. 
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 Arizona State University.
  • She is the first in her family to attend college. 
  • She has been in the TGB AVID program for all 4 years.
Shawn Carter Foundation and BeyGOOD  credit


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.
  • Her mom relies on the Club for after school care for her three children.  She works to make ends meet with two jobs.  They have benefitted from other assistance programs to support her family.
  • 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.)
  • Mikayla has faced so much in her young life - they lost their father following a struggle with alcoholism, and they have lost 3 grandparents in the last few years, leaving their mother counting on the Club to help with after school care.   
  • 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. 
Beyoncé and JAY-Z to Give Over $1 Million in Scholarships to On the Run II Tour Cities
Beyoncé and JAY-Z have done a lot together this year between their joint tour and collaboration album, Everything is Love. Now, the power couple is teaming up for a scholarship between The BeyGOOD Initiative And The Shawn Carter Foundation.
The scholarship will award $100,000 to "one exceptional senior high school student, with financial needs" to use toward their college education, according to the press release. In order to enter, students will have to "demonstrate academic excellence and show financial needs that would make it hard for them to enter a college or university for the academic year 2018-2019."
The seniors must be in one of the cities in the U.S. where the On The Run Tour II, is heading next as well. This includes Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Arlington, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, and Seattle. The Boys and Girls Club of America in the coinciding city will decide on the winner who gets the $100,000 in their city. With eleven cities, Bey and Jay will give out a total of $1.1 million.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix provides afterschool and summer programs in some of the Valley’s most deserving neighborhoods. Our programs focus on four key areas: Academic Success, Be Great-Do Good, Healthy Choices, and Fun with a Purpose, providing youth with the tools they need to enjoy childhood and become successful adults. Last year, more than 27,000 youth and teens benefited from programs through our 12 clubhouses, community outreach services and Dental Clinic. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter, Instagram LinkedIn and YouTube @BGCMP or visit