Rihanna Named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

Rihanna Named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Singer Rihanna attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Rihanna may be widely celebrated for her music, but now she’s accepting a different type of honor—for her humanitarian work.

The 29-year-old singer has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year and will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on campus next Tuesday.

“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,” said Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter.

The vocal philanthropist also created the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of her grandmother and grandfather to improve health, education and arts and culture around the world. The charity offers a scholarship program for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.

Last month, Rihanna traveled to Malawi to spend time with key educators, government officials, students and mentors to promote education on behalf of her foundation and as the ambassador for Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education, 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.

“met the bravest, most humble kids and young women this week! I can’t wait to share more!” she shared in an Instagram post of the trip.

met the bravest, most humble kids and young women this week! I can’t wait to share more! #CLF #GC #GPE

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SOURCE: People – Brianne Tracy

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