After announcing her upcoming new cosmetic business line during her birthday, Rihanna is set to fly in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 28 to receive her “Humanitarian of the Year Award” to be bestowed by Harvard University.
Rihanna has been named as the latest humanitarian awardee by the institution due to her notable charitable works, one of which is her advocacy to provide a center to diagnose and treat breast cancer for her native Barbados.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, her real name, is a Barbados native raised in Bridgetown. She entered the music industry by recording her demo tapes in 2003 and rose to fame in 2005 with the release of her first album titled “Music of the Sun.”
Her popularity in the music business did not hinder her efforts to extend help to her native Barbados and pay forward the blessings she has been receiving continuously.
In the latest announcement posted in Harvard University’s online site, the singer is scheduled to come to campus to personally receive the award and probably give an inspirational speech to motivate the aspiring young ones expected to be present during the event.
In 2012, Rihanna also founded the non-profit Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program for students attending college in the United States from Carribean countries. She has likewise supported the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which gives college students from 60 developing countries the opportunity to have an education.
The program envisions awarding qualified students with scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to be admitted to a four-year college degree in the US. To be eligible, applicants should be from the US, Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti, and Rihanna’s native place of Barbados.
The pooling process for selecting 50 candidates happened last year and a lot of college students were given the opportunity to pursue their college education.
Rihanna said in a recent interview that she was greatly honored for having the chance to give many children an opportunity for education.
The “Stay” singer expressed excitement over the fact that higher education is a key to providing deserving students an opportunity to get a bright future.
Rihanna actually maintains a website for the Clara Lionel Foundation to help continue her advocacy by inviting volunteers to help the foundation find new children who could be qualified for the scholarship program on the way to education and brighter future.
The “Umbrella” singer has not only proven her worth as a musician, she has proven to her fans and colleagues in the music industry that she is also a model for humanitarian service which is why they think she deserves every inch of the honor to be given to her by Harvard University.
The “Humanitarian Award of the Year” is usually given by the Harvard Foundation to prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes.
Previous awardees include actor James Earl Jones, Nobel Peace Prize committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland, physician-statistician Hans Rosling, gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe, and former Health and Human Services Director Louis Sullivan.
The awarding ceremony for Rihanna will happen in the university’s Sanders Theatre with limited tickets to be distributed before the event, although admission is free.
Meanwhile, another rewarding moment comes along for Rihanna as she once again made it back into the top 10 on the Hot 100 Billboard chart with her latest album titled “Love on the Brain.”
The song bounced up to No. 8 from No. 13 last week, putting the singer in third place as to the artist with the most number of hits which made it to the Top 10. She officially surpassed the number of Michael Jackson’s hit records of all time as of last week.l
The list is actually headlined by Madonna with 38 Top 10 hits of all time followed by The Beatles with 34 Top 10 hits.