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Rihanna launches scholarship scheme to pay for pupils' school fees

Rihanna is now offering school pupils financial assistance through her charity foundation.

The singer originally launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, but it has been extended to offer scholarships in Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica and the US.

Youths can access money up to $50,000 (£34,635) through the scheme.

The foundation - named after Rihanna's late grandmother who died of cancer - initially supported schools in Barbados and cancer patients.

The singer said in a statement: "I don't think it's fair that children carry the burden of financial limitations at such a young age.

"We launched the CLF grants initiative this year.

"These are basic needs that these children don't have in these schools - something as simple as clean bathrooms."

She added: "We want college graduates in our programme.

"A lot of these kids are very smart and they're doing really well in school but they may not have the access or the financial stability to take it any further than that, so that's why we started this programme.

"Every child has something they aspire to be and that's why, for me, arts and culture might not be literally putting someone on stage, but just giving them an outlet to do something they love, keep them focused on positive things."

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