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Rihanna launches scholarship for international students

Bajan singer Rihanna is offering funding to international students wanting to study in the US

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International superstar Rihanna has launched a scholarship programme for foreign students seeking a higher education in the United States.


To apply for the funding you'll need to be a resident of either Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana or Jamaica. Additionally you'll have already been accepted into an accredited US college or university for 2016/17.


Successful students will have access to grants from $5,000 up to $50,000 and will be judged based on academic merit and their individual circumstances.


The singer, who was born and raised in Barbados, said she is "thrilled" to be able to provide ambitious international students with the opportunity to sample a quality US education.


"To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honour,” Rihanna told USA Today College. “Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it."

Applications are already open and students have until June 10, 2016 to submit entries with winners being announced later this year in August.


The programme is part of Rihanna's charity the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) which she founded in 2012 after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithewaite. 

CLF funds international programmes with a focus on health, the arts, culture and education. 

Are you interested in applying for Rihanna's scholarship and studying in the US? Get to work work work work work work on your application now!

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Katie Duncan is Editor of Hotcourses Abroad and is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and University of Exeter graduate. Having worked at an English language school in the UK, as an educational consultant in Spain and as a reporter in the international education sector, she is well placed to guide you through your study abroad journey. Katie grew up in Australia, which perhaps explains her unusual reptile collection, comprising of a bearded dragon (Bill) and tortoise (Matilda).