Ri­hanna’s new schol­ar­ship pro­gramme!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Bar­ba­dian-born Gram­my­win­ning singer Ri­hanna has an­nounced a global schol­ar­ship pro­gramme that would fund ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents in the United States.

The col­lege pro­gramme, launched through her Clara Lionel Foun­da­tion (CLF) - founded in 2012 in hon­our of her grand­par­ents, Clara and Lionel Braith­waite - would as­sist suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants from Bar­ba­dos, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Ja­maica or the US who have al­ready been ac­cepted into a bach­e­lor’s de­gree pro­gramme at an ac­cred­ited four-year col­lege or univer­sity in the US for the 2016-2017 year.

”To be able to give the gift of an ed­u­ca­tion is ac­tu­ally an hon­our. 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,” the star told USA To­day.

Re­cip­i­ents will re­ceive an award rang­ing from US$5,000 to US$50,000, which may be re­newed for up to three ad­di­tional years or un­til a bach­e­lor’s de­gree is earned. Renewal is con­tin­gent upon sat­is­fac­tory aca­demic per­for­mance, and awards may be used only for tu­ition ex­penses.

Once ap­pli­ca­tions are sub­mit­ted, a com­mit­tee will screen 50 fi­nal­ists based on aca­demic per­for­mance, demon­strated lead­er­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion in school and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, work ex­pe­ri­ence and a per­sonal es­say, and win­ners will be an­nounced by Au­gust. The foun­da­tion’s web­site said the global schol­ar­ship pro­gramme is de­signed to as­sist stu­dents who are as­pir­ing to reach their fullest po­ten­tial.

Caribbean-born pop su­per­star Ri­hanna.

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