Through her foundation, more than 6,000 students receive nutritious meals, education and psychological support services, ultimately benefiting 30,000 vulnerable children, their families and community members, The AP reported.
She also helped form ALAS (América Latina en Acción Solidaria), a coalition of artists and business leaders who are urging governments to increase their spending on early childhood development.
Shakira is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, chosen for her involvement in global issues and her commitment to helping children.
Others joining Shakira include community activist Adrián Pedroza and Arizona’s School District Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.
“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to devote their talents to serve the country of the United States at a moment of high importance for our nation,” The Associated Press quoted Obama. “I look forward to working with them in the future months and years ahead.”
The Colombian singer and seven-time Latin Grammy winner will also be honored for her artistic and philanthropic contributions at the 12th Annual Tribute Gala in Las Vegas in November.
As part of the ceremony, friends and other notable artists will salute her by performing versions of her songs during the gala. The next day at the Latin Grammys, Shakira will be up for three awards, including Album of the Year.
The show will be broadcast live on the Univision Network.
Shakira called the award "truly an honor" in a statement released Monday.