Singer Rihanna Launches a College Scholarship Program Through Her Clara Lionel Foundation

By Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno
May 11, 2016 Updated: May 12, 2016

Superstar Rihanna announced she will pay for young people’s college tuition through her Clara Lionel Foundation.

The Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter announced that her foundation will launch a scholarship program for students from Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica who plan to continue their education in colleges in the United States.

Individuals may receive a scholarship ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. The awards can also be renewed for up to 3 additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, depending on the student’s GPA.

Those applying must be a first time college freshman planning to enroll full-time in an undergraduate 4-year program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for scholarship applications is June 10, 2016.

Scholarship finalists are chosen for their academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and an essay.

“I don’t think it’s fair that children carry the burden of financial limitation at such a young age,” said Rihanna, in a video posted on her foundation’s website.

The foundation was launched by the singer in 2012 in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. It aims to improve health, education, arts and culture in global communities.

Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno