Beyoncé and JAY-Z Stop Concert to Surprise Arizona Student, 17, with $100,000 Scholarship

Mikayla Lowry, a senior at Trevor Browne High School in Arizona, will be the first from her family to attend college

Beyonce and Jay Z open their world tour in Cardiff
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Thanks to Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Mikayla Lowry, a senior at Trevor Browne High School in Arizona, will be the first from her family to attend college.

The A-list couple surprised Lowry with a $100,000 scholarship from the Shawn Carter Foundation and the BeyGOOD Initiative at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix on Sept. 19.

In fact, Lowry didn’t know she was nominated until opening act DJ Khaled announced her name at the end of his set. She was one of 19 Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix kids attending the concert for free, according to USA Today.

“Phoenix, this is the best part of the night. The On the Run tour will acknowledge an extraordinary individual making a difference in this world,” Khaled said. “This person has been a part of the Boys & Girls Club, a true role model with a 3.7 GPA, a future marine biologist,” he announced as the camera panned to a shocked Lowry.

After her name was called, the teenager expressed her gratitude.

“I’m so grateful, this is crazy! I wasn’t even expecting this, I’m shaking. Oh my God, thank you so much!” said Lowry, who has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for 11 years.

Lowry is dual-enrolled at Estrella Mountain Community College in Arizona and will graduate this year with her completed Associate’s degree, according to a statement on Beyoncé’s website. In addition, she hopes to pursue a degree in marine biology or forensics at Grand Canyon University or Northern Arizona University.

The $100,000 Lowry received marked the largest scholarship a member of the local Boys & Girls Club has ever earned.

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Beyoncé and JAY-Z have partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs to select the winners, awarding a total of more than $1 million in scholarships in 11 cities as part of their On the Run II Tour.

The pair has already given scholarships to students in Atlanta, Houston, Arlington, Orlando, Miami and New Orleans.

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