Christopher Polk


Janelle Monáe , India.Arie, and Jill Scott 

are photographed with vinyl copies of Stevie Wonder’s The Secret Life Of Plants, Songs In The Key Of Life, Innervisions and Hotter Than July backstage at the taping for “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life - An All-Star GRAMMY Salute” on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles

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In her song “American Oxygen,” Rihanna sings, “On the other side of the ocean, you can be anything at all / in America, America.”

Now the pop star and Barbados native is putting some of her money where her mouth is. On Monday she announced on Instagram the launch of a scholarship program to help citizens or natives of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica attend college in the U.S.

According to the terms of the program, each selected first-year student will receive between $5,000 and $50,000, and the awards may be renewed until each grantee earns a bachelor’s degree. What is unclear, however, is how much total money the foundation plans to disburse each year.

Rihanna Launches College Scholarships For Foreign Students

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Rami Malek from ‘Mr. Robot’ poses for a portrait at the NBCUniversal Summer Press Day during the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton on August 12, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Photographer: Christopher Polk