The Barbadian-born Rihanna is Harvard’s new “Humanitarian of the Year.” Previous award winners include the likes of Malala Yousafzai and Arthur Ashe.
Harvard Foundation’s Director S. Allen Counter noted about her accomplishments, “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.”
“She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”
Rihanna is scheduled to accept the award at Harvard University on February 28. Students will be to attend the award ceremony.
- The Cut