Rihanna named Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year
Rihanna is set to add a much different award to her trophy case.
The singer has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. Rihanna will be present on campus Tuesday to accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.
In the announcement, the Grammy winner’s many charitable actions were noted, including the center to diagnose and treat breast cancer she built in her native Barbados.
Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter added, “She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, 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.”
Past honorees include James Earl Jones and Arthur Ashe.