Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty Educational Background
Known as the queen of digital downloads, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the eldest of three children born to Monica and Ronald Fenty. Experiencing the horrors of her father’s addiction from a young age, and living through a traumatic divorce, a visit from producer Evan Rodgers gave her a chance to be fly free. At the age of sixteen, she moved to live with Rodgers and his wife in Connecticut. After being introduced to the CEO of Def Jam Records, she was signed on as an artist. Rihanna went on to become the youngest artist in the USA to hold 12 record albums. She became the first singer in the United Kingdom to have three songs featured simultaneously on the “UK Offcial Chart”. How did this Barbadian woman rise to such success? Did her education play a role?
Unlike many on this list, Rihanna lacks an extensive collegiate background. While she never graduated, dropping out at the age of fifteen to pursue a music career, she spent her high school years at the Combermere School in Barbados. With numerous awards in the arts, along with a dedicated music program, this secondary school provides many outlets for students to express their creativity. While she did not feature on the honor roll, she won multiple talent shows and became the star of the campus’ beauty contest. While she lacks a high school diploma, Rihanna has gone on to stun the world with her musical prowess and unique fashion sense.
This lack of education does not exclude her from believing in its benefits. In 2012 she launched the Clara Lionel Scholarship foundation. Providing up to 50,000 dollars per year to deserving students from Barbados to Haiti, this program gives students a chance to complete a degree at a school of their choosing. In a recent statement, Rihanna had the following to say about this fund, “”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.” For the foreseeable future, she will continue to donate to this worthwhile cause.