Rihanna is a lot more than just a makeup mogul or a musical star on par with Michael Jackson. In fact, Harvard University thinks she’s a philanthropist of note as well, as the institution has awarded her its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award from the Harvard Foundation. The Foundation’s director had high praise for Rihanna, specifically her work in her home country, Barbados.
“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,” says S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program 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.”
Rihanna’s accolade from Harvard is the latest high-profile recognition for her charity work. She had the chance to rub shoulders with royalty back in December, leading fans to see what a cute couple she’d make with the U.K.’s Prince Harry.
Rihanna’s award will be presented February 28 on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard students can attend the ceremony for free with a school ID.
(Photo credit: Rihanna Instagram account)