Rihanna Is Named Harvard University's Humanitarian Of The Year

BY Ella Alexander / Feb 23 2017 / 20:38 PM

The singer has been quietly funding numerous charitable causes for years

Rihanna Is Named Harvard University's Humanitarian Of The Year
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Rihanna has been named Harvard University's Humanitarian of the Year and will visit the esteemed college to collect the award on 28 February.

The singer has quietly been financing numerous charitable causes over the past few years.

"Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art centre for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados," said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation's director.

"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."

In December last year, she also met with Prince Harry in Barbados to take an HIV test live on World Aids Day.

Other names to previously receive Harvard's prestigious prize include Malala Yousafzai and Nobel Peace Prize Committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland.

Yesterday, it was announced that Rihanna now has more top ten hits than Michael Jackson – 30 in total. The only artists to have more are Madonna and The Beatles.

Via Harper's Bazaar UK