May 13, 2016

Rihanna Is Launching A New College Scholarship Foundation

by Mike Orie of

Rihanna has announced a new college scholarship foundation to assist future students who plan to continue their college education in the United States. The scholarship program will target citizens or natives of several places including Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and her hometown Barbados.


According to its website, the Clara Lionel Foundation is an initiative that works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, & culture. “The day of my graduation is when I found out I had gained the scholarship,” says college freshman Gianni Beltrez. Beltrez is a current freshman at Hofstra University in New York studying journalism. “I wanna be bigger. I wanna do it, not only for myself but for my mother, for my family. Make something out of myself.” Rihanna launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 in honor of her grandparents. She too, realized a dream to become a singer at a young age, part of her inspiration to give back. “Every child has something that they aspire to be. That’s why for me, arts & culture, it might not literally be putting someone on stage, but giving them the outlet to do something they might love. Keep them focused on positive things.” The scholarship specifies the following: applicants must be residents of the listed countries, eligible to study in the US, accepted to an accredited four year college/university and a first time college student with fewer than 12 college credits. The scholarships will range from $5,000-$50,000 and a renewable. The scholarship renewal terms are contingent upon students maintaining a cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The next application deadline for freshmen entering the 2016-2017 academic years is June 10, 2016. You can find out more information and apply for the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program here.

Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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