Caribbean love for Rihanna’s scholarships


Social media, especially Facebook, is alight with likes from people in Caribbean countries about news that Barbadian singer Rihanna through her Clara Lionel Foundation will offer scholarships to residents of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica or the U.S.

The eight-time Grammy winner announced on Monday that she will start a global scholarship program through her organization that will award Caribbean and U.S. students attending college in the U.S.

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

“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 scholarship is need-based, with awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 and may be renewed for up to three more years or until they earn their bachelor’s degree, depending on what happens first.

The only requirements for eligibility are that applicants have been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university for the 2016-17 year.