Rihanna celebrated her 29th birthday earlier this week and now she’s received a major gift. The pop superstar is being recognized for her philanthropy work, set to receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Harvard University.
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RiRi will be given the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award for her charitable work with the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program. Founded in 2012, the non-profit organization is named after her grandmother and grandfather, aimed at promoting education and assisting students in Caribbean and South American countries to attend college in the United States.
The singer has also lent her services and shown support towards the Global Partnership for Education and the Global Citizen Project. “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,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director.
Rihanna will be in attendance to accept the award next Tuesday during a ceremony on campus. The event takes place at 4 p.m. at Sanders Theatre on Feb. 28. Tickets are free but will only be available at the Sanders Theatre beginning at noon the day of the ceremony to Harvard students.