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Rihanna Launches Scholarship Program

Rihanna is helping to make the increasingly expensive prospect of college a reality for a number of high school students with her latest charitable venture. Through her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), RihRih has launched a global scholarship program which aims to reward both U.S. and International students going to college in the United States.

Eligible applicants must be residents of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica or the U.S., 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. Scholarships will range between $5,000 and $50,000, and may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned. The program will be based on need, but aims to reward as many students as possible.

“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor,” says Rihanna. “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.”

Applications are now being accepted up until June 10, 2016. A group of 50 finalists will be selected based on “academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal essay.” Scholarship winners will then be announced in August. Click here to apply.

Launched in 2012 to honor her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation aims to fund health, education, arts and culture programs in her native Barbados and around the world. Learn more about Rihanna’s foundation below.