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Rihanna sets up scholarship programme for Caribbean students

Published:Tuesday | May 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Rihanna is paying students' university tuition through her Clara Lionel Foundation.

The Voice:

Singer Rihanna has announced a scholarship program to send well deserving students from the Caribbean, US and South America to college.

The Barbados-born beauty is awarding up to $50,000 (£35,000) through her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) for students in Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, or the US.

“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honour,” the 28-year-old said on her new scholarship program.

“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.”

In order to be eligible, applicants must be residents of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, or the US, and have already 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.

The scholarship is based on need and the number of students will vary, but the goal is to accept as many students as possible, according to the announcement.

Scholarships granted will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.

Applications for the full-tuition grant are open now through June 10, 2016.

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 the scholarship winners will be announced by August, 2016.