Rihanna proves that she is much more than just an R&B star after she was named as the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year for her outstanding charity work.
The 28-year-old singer, who hails from Barbados, will be personally conferred the award on the Harvard campus on February 28.
Of the award, Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter said:
“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.”
The Stay hitmaker has also founded a scholarship program named after her grandparents for Caribbean students studying in the United States. Rihanna also supports efforts to give girls better access to education in developing parts of the world.
“It is for these philanthropic initiatives and other acts of compassionate sharing that the students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation chose to honor Rihanna with the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award.”