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 Today, who 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.
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 claralionelfoundation.org.