Rihanna Launches Scholarship Program for U.S. and International Students

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Pop singing sensation Rihanna launched a global scholarship program this week through her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) designed to help international students who aim to attend college in the United States.

While her foundation has been in place since 2012 and mainly focused on offering help to cancer patients and schools in her home country of Barbados, CLF is now expanding to include the international college scholarships to students in seven countries including the United States.

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Grants will range between $5,000 and $50,000 per student and can be renewed “up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first,” USA Today reports.

“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor. 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,” Rihanna said in a statement.

To be eligible, applicants have to be residents either of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, or the U.S. Additionally, eligible students must already have 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.

There will be 50 scholarships awarded and applications for the 2016-2017 school year are currently being accepted until June 10.

“We want college graduates in our program,” the music icon stated. “A lot of these kids are very smart and they’re doing really well in school, but they may not have the access or the financial stability to take it any further than that. So that’s why we started this program.”

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Rihanna originally starteded her foundation to honor her grandparents and has since raised many millions of dollars to try and have a positive impact in such areas as education, health, culture and the arts.

She concluded that, “I don’t think it’s fair that children carry the burden of financial limitations at such a young age. Every child has something they aspire to be and that’s why, for me, arts and culture might not be literally putting someone on the stage, but just giving them an outlet to do something they love, keep them focused on positive things.”



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