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Rihanna launched a college scholarship for Carribbean and US students

Students can win up to $50,000 to put toward their year's education

Feliks Garcia
New York
Tuesday 10 May 2016 16:44 BST
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Rihanna performs at the 2016 Coachella music festival Christopher Polk/Getty
Rihanna performs at the 2016 Coachella music festival Christopher Polk/Getty

Rihanna’s follow-up to her latest hit single, “Work”, is sure to inspire a generation of ambitious academics - and no speakers or headphones will be required.

The Grammy-winning singer announced a scholarship for international and US-based students through her nonprofit organisation, the Clara Lionel Foundation.

“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor,” Rihanna told USA Today College. “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.”

The need-based scholarship ranges from $5,000 (£3,460) to $50,000 (£34,600). Students can renew the funding for three more years or until they earn their bachelor’s degree - whichever comes first.

To qualify, students are required to be residents of the US, Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, or Jamaica. Additionally, they must already be accepted into an accredited US college or university for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Students have until 10 June 2016 to apply. CLF will announce winners in August.

Rihanna, who was born in Saint Michael, Barbados, founded CLF in 2012. It is named for her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

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