Some Jamaican students will benefit from a global scholarship program initiated by Barbadian star Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF).

It will award scholarships to students attending college in the United States. Also eligible are applicants from Barbados, Brazil, Haiti, Guyana and sections of the United States.

“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,” Rihanna said in a statement.

To qualify, students must be accepted into a bachelor’s degree programme at an accredited four-year college or university in the US, for the academic year 2016-2017.

Scholarships range from US$5,000 to $50,000 and may be renewed for up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned.

Rihanna launched the CLF in 2012 to honour her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.