With the rise in the spirit of giving back, countless celebrities make the effort to donate or contribute to those less fortunate as a sign of understanding that everyone deserves a fair chance at a comfortable life. Among areas that persons donate cash or kind to, the most popular is education.
Children are the future and to carry on the generations they need to have an opportunity to be educated. One such celebrity who shares this sentiment is the Caribbean born singer and songwriter, the Grammy award winning superstar Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty.
I don’t think it’s fair that children carry the burden of financial limitations at such a young age. We launched the Clara Lionel Foundation this year to provide for the basic needs that most of these children don’t have in the schools…Something as simple as clean bathrooms.” – Rihanna Fenty.
The Clara Lionel Foundation was founded by Rihanna back in 2012 in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, and she and her executive board award grants on the behalf of the organization to help fund international programmes with the main focus being on arts, culture, health and education. According to their official website, (claralionelfoundation.org), the organization’s current programs include the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program and the Barbados Micro Grants for Schools Program.
Last year the Clara Lionel Foundation purchased the equinox external beam therapy system; the first modern radiotherapy machine in Barbados. Funds were also raised in the same year’s staging of the Diamond Ball, and were used to purchase the Brachytherapy system; which treats tumors without affecting the surrounding health tissue. They also delivered grants to primary and secondary schools. So much so to say that Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation are no strangers to giving back to the nation’s society and that of the Caribbean.
“The move that the Clara Lionel Foundation is doing is unsurpassable. This is a situation where you have a celebrity not forgetting her roots and deciding that she is going to do something for humanity.” – Dr. Dexter James, CEO, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados.
Now they have moved to designing a programme which focuses on education and tertiary opportunities for those who cannot afford to be schooled. The eligibility criteria for the scholarships via her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) Is that applicants must be residents of one of the selected countries and must have been accepted into a United States, accredited, four-year bachelor’s program. They must also be a first time college student, having fewer than 12 college credits unless those credits were earned in high school).
“Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.” – Rihanna Fenty.
These selected countries are Grenada, Brazil, Cuba, Barbados, Haiti, Guyana and Jamaica. The scholarships awarded to each applicant have various funding between five thousand ($5,000) and fifty thousand ($50,000) U.S. Dollars.
“We want college graduates in our programme, and a lot of these kids are really really smart and doing well in schools but they may not have the access or the financial stability to get any further than that so that’s why we started this programme.” – Board Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation.
Applicants will be awarded based on:
- academic performance
- demonstrated leadership
- participation in school and community activities
- Work Experience
- Statement of educational goals and objectives
- Unusual personal or family circumstances
- Outside appraisal
The application period for the full tuition grants is from May 9th to June 10th 2016 and 50 winners will be announced in July 2016.
Prospective applicants can apply here: https://scholarsapply.org/claralionelfdn/
Any queries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
So guys, Work (work, work, work, work) and Rihanna will help you pay for college.
By Alexandra Daley