Harvard Names Rihanna Its Humanitarian Of The Year

Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. She will receive the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony scheduled for February 28th. Rihanna is being honored for several philanthropic efforts, including a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine she built in her home nation of Barbados. She also created the Clara & Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program (named for her grandparents) for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education & Global Citizen Project to provide children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries. Previous winners of the honor include actor James Earl Jones and activist Malala Yousafzai.

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