“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor,” Rihanna said in a statement to USA Today. “Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”
The reward and its renewal is contingent upon the student's academic performance, maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The award has the potential to be renewed every three years, or until a bachelor's degree requirements are met.
Rihanna launched CLF in 2012, in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Her Diamond Ball raised $2 million in 2014 and $3 million in 2015 to help those in need, with programs in health, education, arts and culture. More information about CLF and the global scholarship program can be found at claralionelfoundation.org.