Harvard Names Pop Singer as Its Humanitarian of the Year

Feb 23, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Harvard University is about to present its Humanitarian of the Year Award for 2017, and the honor goes to pop singer Rihanna.

The AP reports that the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award will be presented to Rihanna at a ceremony scheduled for Feb. 28.

“Rihanna is being honored for several philanthropic efforts,” the story reports. “She built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados. She created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program — named for her grandparents — for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.”

The report notes that Rihanna “also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project to provide children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries.”

Previous recipients of the honor include actor James Earl Jones and activist Malala Yousafzai.

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