Rihanna has set up a global scholarship fund

The pop star says giving "the gift of education is actually an honour"

Rihanna has set up a global scholarship fund.

The pop star has set up the programme through her Clara Lionel Foundation to help students from the US, Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana and Jamaica who have already been accepted to an American university for the 2016/17 academic year.

USA Today reports her as saying: “To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honour. Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”

The scholarships will be credited to students based on individual needs and the amount of students able to benefit from the fund is not limited to a certain number. Rihanna’s goal is reported to be to accept as many students onto the programme as possible.

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Scholarships will range from $5,000 (£3,470) to $50,000 (£34,700). They will be able to be renewed for up to three extra years or until the student earns their bachelor’s degree, whichever happens first.

Applications for the fund will be accepted until June 10 2016. After that date, a panel will screen finalists based on their academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal essay.

Successful applicants will be announced in August 2016.