Rihanna is proving to be one busy lady this year. A new album, a world tour, topping the charts with hit after hit, a documentary in the works and a brand new collaborative deal with Manolo Blahnik, you’d think she’d be ready to take a vacation soon.
Not so. The global pop star who was honored earlier this year at BET’s Black Girls Rock ceremony is set on giving back to the community through charity and fundraising every chance she gets. This time, she’s revisiting something she started nearly four years ago – The Clara Lionel Foundation, a nonprofit designed to foster better lives and educational opportunities for those within her reach.
Launched in 2012, the Clara Lionel Foundation, “works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.” Today, Rihanna’s foundation launched a global scholarship program that will provide full college scholarships to students in Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica and in the United States.
The new scholarships will be awarded in the sum of to $50,000 in financial assistance and will be renewed for three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned. Applications for this year’s scholarships will be accepted through June 10th.
Rihanna spoke on what it means to be involved in helping another receive their education. “To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor,” the singer said in an official statement. “Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.” Watch below as Rihanna talks more about the vision behind her scholarship and the foundation in the video.
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