Rihanna’s Global Scholarship and grant opportunities for NYC youth, seniors

Rihanna, the Barbados-born singer has established an international scholarship. Applicants must be accepted in a four-year college. Additionally, the applicant must be a native of: Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana or Jamaica.

The scholarship amount ranges from $5,000 to $50,000. The deadline is in June. For additional information, visit, www.scholarships online.org/2016/05/rihanna-clara-lionel-foundation-global-scholarship-program.HTML.

Children in Queens continue to plan for the future. Sometimes with dreams of landing a spot in the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Company. Or, placing a film in the Queens-based Queens World Film Festival — in one of the youth-oriented educational initiatives — with a screening of an estimated 144 films. With a history of producing major hip-hop, Queens artists are documenting not only jazz but also their hip-hop stories in Queens, New York.

Whether launching a career in dance, singing, film making or other educational or artistic endeavors, funding is one of the major barriers presented.

These days dreams laced with achievement can bypass deferment. The Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY is making available grants for New York City organizations. Teens 13 to 18 years of age can apply for non-traditional educational opportunities in writings, reading, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and educational programming).

Grants for a growing population of elders in Queens are also available. These funds are for “empowering seniors or women through economic independence, health and wellness, civil engagement or social opportunities.” For information, contact Ben Eichberg at thequeensfellow[email protected]gmail.com or call, 212-983-4800 x155.

Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc. brush mural empty mural was a recipient of the One Queens Grant. The Indo-Caribbean Alliance’s Empowering & Envisioning with a Paintbrush mural project was allotted a 2014 One Queens Grant for its mural project empowering and exploring youth identity conflict and experience. The purpose of the initiative was to start and develop community leadership and it offered an “opportunity to bring the community together to create an art piece that reflects the heritage and cultural of the community.”

Other winners that year were: Corona Youth Music Project, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, The Rockaway Youth Task Force and V.E.T.S. Incorporated.

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