Pop superstar Rihanna, seemingly understands that a good education will never decay.
The Bajan singer recently announced a scholarship program to send well deserving students from the Caribbean, US and South America to college.
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Citizens of Barbados, Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, and the United States who have been accepted to pursue studies in America will qualify for the scholarships, which will be available through the Umbrella singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation.
“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honour,” the 28-year-old said on her new scholarship program.
“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.”
In order to be eligible, applicants must be residents of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, or the US, and have already been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the 2016-2017 year.
The awardees will be selected based on need and will receive between $5,000 and $50,000 towards their education, which is renewable up to the completion of their degrees.
Students will be judged on “academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal essay”.
The winners will be announced in August.
The Clara Lionel Foundation is a nonprofit organisation launched in 2012 by Rihanna that “works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.”