Just when we thought there are no more awards for Rihanna to win, she swoops us off our feet. The singer has been named the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University. She will receive the award, named after Peter J. Gomes, at the Sanders Theatre on February 28.
The star is the founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation which helps disadvantaged communities around the globe. Rihanna traveled to Malawi in January and met numerous government officials, teachers, and students on behalf of her foundation.
Director of the Harvard Foundation, the neuroscience professor S. Allen Counter, had only the best things to say about Rihanna’s foundation:
“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados. She has also created the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship 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.”