Rihanna named Harvard University's humanitarian of the year

Rihanna is Harvard-bound -- not to study, but to choose up the university's prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. The Barbados-born singer will receive her award subsequent Tuesday at the university. "Rihanna has charitably constructed a state-of-the-art...

Rihanna named Harvard University's humanitarian of the year

Rihanna is Harvard-bound -- not to study, but to choose up the university's prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.

The Barbados-born singer will receive her award subsequent Tuesday at the university.

"Rihanna has charitably constructed 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," S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, told the Harvard Gazette.

"She has also made the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean nations," he continued, "and supports the Worldwide Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multi-year campaign that will give youngsters with access to education in over 60 building countries, giving priority to girls and these impacted by lack of access to education in the globe now."

The Harvard Foundation recognizes prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late professor Peter J. Gomes.

Previous honorees include things like actor James Earl Jones and the late tennis star and activist, Arthur Ashe.

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