For most people, being in the crowd for Beyonce and Jay-Z’s On The Run II tour would be more than enough to make their day. However, one teenage girl had a bit more to get excited about — to the tune of $100,000.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z were performing at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona when they stopped the show to share a piece of exciting news.

DJ Khaled then appeared on stage to announce what was happening, he said, “On The Run II tour will acknowledge an extraordinary individual making a difference in this world.

“Tonight a student will receive a $100,000 On The Run II scholarship presented by the queen herself, Beyonce, and also the king, Jay Z.”

He then gave a shout out to the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix, who were in attendance that night, sharing that the scholarship would be going to one of them — Mikayla Lowry.

“I’m so grateful, this is crazy,” Mikayla said to the crowd. “I didn’t even expect this – I’m shaking!”

According to BGCMP, Mikayla is a senior at Trevor Browne High School. She is 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 — and she will be the first in her family to receive a college degree.

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Outside of the classroom, Mikayla gives back to her community by volunteering with BGCMP’s Better to Give program, where she serves in soup kitchens and in shelters.

Beyonce and Jay Z will continue to surprise students in financial need for the duration of their On The Run II tour for a total of $1.1 million in scholarships.

Previous winners include Alezae Uresti, a teen from Houston, Texas who was one of four siblings coming from a single-parent home.

Alezae’s mother, Rosa Marsh, told ABC, “I screamed, cried because it’s a blessing, because the thought of sending your child to school and not knowing where you going to get the money from.”

“It was here where I learned to never give up,” Alezae added.


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