Ri­hanna is named Har­vard’s hu­man­i­tar­ian of the year

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Ri­hanna has been named the 2017 Har­vard Univer­sity Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year. The singer will re­ceive the Har­vard Foun­da­tion’s Peter J. Gomes Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award at a cer­e­mony sched­uled for Feb. 28. Ri­hanna is be­ing hon­oured for sev­eral phil­an­thropic ef­forts. She built a state-of-the-art cen­tre for on­col­ogy and nu­clear medicine to di­ag­nose and treat breast cancer in her home na­tion of Bar­ba­dos. She cre­ated the Clara and Lionel Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram — named for her grand­par­ents — for stu­dents at­tend­ing col­lege in the U.S. from Caribbean coun­tries. She also sup­ports the Global Part­ner­ship for Ed­u­ca­tion and Global Cit­i­zen Project to pro­vide chil­dren with ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion in more than 60 de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude ac­tor James Earl Jones, ac­tivist Malala Yousafzai and four U.N. sec­re­taries gen­eral.

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