Lizzo continues to motivate a new generation of music powerhouses.
The Grammy Award winner, 35, announced her Sasha Be Flooting scholarship on Friday with a $50,000 donation, benefitting Black music students at her alma mater University of Houston as part of her fourth annual Juneteenth Giveback.
“Meet Baby Lizzo on scholarship at the University of Houston hoping she’ll earn a music performance degree in flute,” she captioned a throwback photo of herself playing flute in the UH band.
“Little did she know she’d change the conversation on flutes in pop culture forever,” the Cuz I Love You artist added on Instagram.
Lizzo announced the scholarship news in an Instagram video shortly after, noting that the occasion is “very close to my heart, near and dear to home, and a milestone for me.”
“Me and the University of Houston have come together to create the Sasha Be Flooting music scholarship,” she explained in the video. “It is for any young, Black student from Houston, Texas, who has applied to go to University of Houston to study at the Moore School of Music.”
“That was me just a couple years ago, a young Black flute player who just needed a scholarship and someone to believe in them. And now, I get to pay it forward. We’ll be announcing who is the winner of that prize very, very soon. But congratulations to you and stay tuned.”
Lizzo will announce the scholarship recipient on her website.