For all of her accomplishments, this may be one of Rihanna‘s greatest.
It has been announced that the multi-multi-hyphenate has been named Harvard University‘s Humanitarian of the Year for 2017. Thanks to her efforts in her home country of Barbados, which includes the building of an oncology center, and the establishment of her Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program to assist students from Caribbean countries going to colleges in the States.
“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 director of the Harvard Foundation.
Rihanna is also a supporter of 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 joins the likes of previous honorees James Earl Jones and Arthur Ashe. She is set to accept the award on Feb. 28th.
Her award follows Harvard University’s plans to archive 200 influential hip hop albums in their Loeb Music Library, inducting projects from Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill, Nas and A Tribe Called Quest.