There were plenty of pyrotechnic moments at Friday night’s Beyoncé and Jay Z concert at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
But none so kinetic and joyous as the moment concert opener DJ Khaled presented two 17-year-old high school seniors, Emily Garay from Miami Beach Senior High School and Jonathon Burgos from Southwest Miami High School, with $100,000 scholarships apiece to attend college.
The reactions, as one might expect, lit the football stadium. Amid hugs from family, friends and members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, which nominated the students, the surprised teens immediately told everyone of their post-high school plans.
“I want to be a police officer,” Emily said in a video released by South Florida PR firm Durée & Company Saturday. The Miami Beach student plans to study criminology and marketing at Florida International University after she graduates.
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“I want to be an electrical engineer,” Jonathon said, as the pair bounced on the field. “This is too much,” Jonathon gushed. The Kendall student hopes to attend MIT to earn an electrical engineering degree.
Pop music’s first couple Beyoncé and Jay Z, who are in the midst of the 24-city North American leg of their On the Run II stadium tour, have presented scholarships at each stop on the tour, including Wednesday’s concert at Orlando’s Camping Wild Stadium.
There, fan Keshawn Morgan, 17, learned he, too, would be going to college on a $100,000 scholarship thanks to the pair’s foundations, BeyGOOD and the Shawn Carter Foundation.
But the Miami Gardens show was special for DJ Khaled, 42. The Louisiana-born rapper/producer has called Miami home for 20 years, so he had a surprise. He matched Beyoncé and Jay Z’s $100,000 gift to Emily with a $100,000 scholarship for Jonathon.
“I represent the 305 everywhere I go, so I am going to do the same thing and give a $100,000 scholarship myself. I want to thank Beyoncé and Jay Z for giving me a spot, and it’s only right I match what they did. This is my hometown and I’m so proud to be inspired by these amazing students,” he said during his presentation.
The headlining married couple plan to give one $100,000 scholarship at each of the cities on the tour, which in addition to the Florida dates, include stops in San Diego, Pasadena, New Orleans, Houston and Vancouver before it wraps Oct. 4 in Seattle.
The scholarships are designated for students who have excelled academically — both Emily, a member of the South Beach Club, and Jonathon, who attends the Kendall Club, have 3.0 or better grade point averages — but who can’t afford to go on to college.
The Boys & Girls Club of America selects the winners.