Rihanna Launches Global Scholarship Program

Rihanna attends Black Girls Rock! 2016
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Rihanna attends Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, N.J. Jersey. 

Rihanna is rewarding hard work, work, work through a global scholarship program courtesy of her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF). The Grammy-winning entertainer looks to award international students enrolling in a U.S. college.

“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor,” Rihanna said in a statement to USA Todaywho first reported the story (May 9). “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.”

According to the program's site, each applicant must be a citizen or native of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica and has been accepted into an accredited four-year college or university for the entire 2016-2017 academic year. Once selected, the recipient may be eligible for $5,000 to $50,000 in scholarship money. Renewal of the award is contingent upon the student's academic performance, maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The award can be renewed every three years or until a bachelor's degree is met, depending on which occurs first. 

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In 2012, the Barbadian-born singer (born Robyn Fenty) launched CLF to honor her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. For the past two years, she has hosted her Diamond Ball -- which raised $2 million in 2014 and $3 million in 2015 -- to help those in need through health, education, arts and culture. More information about CLF and the global scholarship program can be found at


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