Foun­da­tion to fund stud­ies

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Ri­hanna has launched a col­lege schol­ar­ship pro­gramme.

The ‘Work’ hit­maker is of­fer­ing schol­ar­ships of up to $50,000 for stu­dents on a need ba­sis through her Clara Lionel Foun­da­tion.

She told USA To­day: “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.”

Stu­dents have a chance of re­ceiv­ing $5,000 to $50,000 of fi­nan­cial sup­port to­wards their study­ing for a four-year course in a col­lege based in the US.

Ap­pli­cants for the bur­sary must be a res­i­dent of ei­ther the United States, Bar­ba­dos, Cuba, Brazil, Ja­maica, Guyana or Haiti and the fate of the top 50 will be de­cided by a com­mit­tee, who are look­ing for “aca­demic per­for­mance, demon­strated lead­er­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion in school and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, work ex­pe­ri­ence and a per­sonal es­say”.

A post on the char­ity’s of­fi­cial web­site reads: “De­signed to as­sist stu­dents who are as­pir­ing to reach their fullest po­ten­tial, the pro­gramme will pro­vide re­cip­i­ents with the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive an education any­where in the United States. The goal is to cre­ate a cycli­cal ef­fect with CLF Schol­ars even­tu­ally be­ing able to help oth­ers be­come thriv­ing pro­fes­sion­als, ed­u­ca­tors, and phi­lan­thropists.”

Mean­while, in a sep­a­rate post on the web­site, Ri­hanna is praised for her “un­re­lent­ing giv­ing spirit”.

It reads: “Be­fore launch­ing the Clara Lionel Foun­da­tion in 2012, Ri­hanna demon­strated an un­re­lent­ing giv­ing spirit from the out­set of her ca­reer.

“That com­mit­ment runs even deeper as the icon con­tin­ues to lever­age her world­wide fame and in­flu­ence to ad­dress a di­verse group of global is­sues.”

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