Rihanna Named As Harvard University’s Humanitarian Of The Year

She may not have been at the forefront of The Grammys or The Brits this year, but chart-topping pop star Rihanna has received the most prestigious award of them all.

Harvard University have named the 29-year old as their Humanitarian of the Year 2017, with the Barbadian singer due to accept the award next Tuesday at a ceremony on the university’s campus.

Aside from her world renowned music, Rihanna spends a lot of her time doing humanitarian work, which she is now being recognised for.

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She’s been part of creating a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment facility, which was built in Barbados, as well as initiating a scholarship program for Caribbean students that attend U.S. colleges.

Past winners of the honourable award include Ban Ki-Moon and actor James Earl Jones.

But it’s clear Rihanna is the latest star who has made a huge impression on the established university, with the Harvard Foundation director – S. Allen Counter – saying,

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.

He continued,

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.

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She also recently took part in a World Aids Day campaign, taking a HIV test – alongside Prince Harry – to raise awareness for the disease.

Aside from her amazing charitable work, Rihanna has been focusing on her acting career lately, with her set to appear in next year’s all-female Ocean’s Eight alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes and many more.

Rihanna is the first public figure to scoop the Harvard Humanitarian award from the pop culture scene.