Yesterday [Monday, May 9] Rihanna took to Instagram to announce the launch of her Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program.
Founded in 2012 in honor of her grandparents, the Clara Lionel Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for communities globally by promoting programs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture.
In a video that shares Rihanna’s vision for The Clara Lionel Foundation, she states, “I don’t think it’s fair that children carry the burden of financial limitations at such a young age.” The video explains how expensive college is and how it is no longer free for kids to go to college in Barbados as it once was. In addition, the video introduces us to two patients who were blessed by CLF’s contributions towards the brachytherapy system for tumor treatment and the first modern radiotherapy machine in Barbados.
Rihanna says, “We want college graduates in our program. A lot of these kids, they’re really smart and they’re doing really really well in school but they might not have the access or the financials to really take it any further than that so that’s why we started this program.”
The Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program is specifically for citizens or natives of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana or Jamaica who will continue their education in the United States. The award amounts range from $5000 to $50,000 USD. The application deadline is June 10, 2016 and all applicants will be notified in late July of their recipient status. For more information and to apply click here.