Pop singer Rihanna has announced a new global scholarship program, which will assist students from various countries in attaining a U.S. university education.
Residents of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, and the U.S. who have been accepted to four-year programs in America will qualify for the scholarships, which will come through Rih’s Clara Lionel Foundation.
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“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor,” Rihanna explains in a statement released on 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.”
“A lot of these kids, they’re really smart and they’re doing really well in school,” Rihanna notes in a video promoting the initiative.
“But they may not have the access or the financial stability to take it any further than that. That’s why we started this program.”
Applications for scholarships are open until June 10, and 50 students will be awarded funds. The 50 winners will be judged on “academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal essay”.
Learn more about Rihanna’s efforts in the clip below!
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