Rihanna has been recognized for her philanthropic work by being named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by the Clara Lionel Foundation.
Harvard Foundation director and neuroscience professor S. Allen Counter released a statement on Rihanna’s good deeds, 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. 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.”
Rihanna will receive the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at the Sanders Theatre on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. ET.
She joins previous honorees including Arthur Ashe, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Tommy Hilfiger and Lionel Richie.