Jamaicans eligible for Scholarship Program by Rihanna

Rihanna, Grammy winner, singer, and songwriter, from Barbados has announced that her Clara Lionel Foundation will provide a new Global Scholarship Program to help eligible students from Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica to get a college education in the United States. To obtain a scholarship, a student must be eligible to attend a school in the U.S. and been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the 2016-2017 year. The needs-based scholarship will provide awards ranging between $5,000 and $50,000 toward tuition. According to Rihanna, it is not fair that children must carry the burden of financial limitations at a young age. She said that it is “an honor” to be able to give the gift of an education to deserving students. The application process began on May 9, 2016, and will continue until June 10, 2016. Fifty students will be awarded scholarships on the basis of their academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability, and participation in school and community activities. Work experience will also be considered, and each applicant must write a personal essay. The winners will be announced in August 2016.