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Scholarship recipients bring Roger Williams' ideals to life
By Chris Barnett / May 3, 2017
We are sending six high school seniors off to college sharing $100,000 in scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.

Community is alive and well in Roger Williams Park
By Lauren Paola / May 1, 2017
On April 22, over 150 volunteers joined the Roger Williams Park Conservancy for the City of Providence’s Annual Earth Day Clean Up at Roger Williams Park.

Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment
By Jean Cohoon / April 28, 2017
“We want to recognize people or entities in Rhode Island who are doing things to improve life for the citizens of Rhode Island." - Paula (Murray) McNamara

Markers celebrate community history
By Chris Barnett / April 24, 2017
Funded with our Centennial Community Grant, the first marker in Cranston's historical tour tells the tale of Spragueville.

Offering scholarships to encourage artists to teach
By Chris Barnett / April 14, 2017
Artists who are planning a teaching career in the arts have until April 28 to apply for fellowships of up to $12,000 for graduate school through our Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund.

$300,000 fellowships target civic engagement
By Chris Barnett / April 13, 2017
Two local women are the recipients of this year’s Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships. Donna Childs and Ditra Edwards were chosen from nearly 200 applicants to receive $300,000 over three years to pursue their proposals for improving civic engagement.

A dogged dedication to innovative learning
By Lisa DiMartino / April 5, 2017
Lincoln Central Elementary School third-grade teacher Jeff Drolet is using a $994 grant from our Spark Grants program to teach students a lesson about the power of teamwork. Drolet’s “I-Kid-Arod” initiative uses dogsled races to capture his students’ imagination.

Miss Swinburne Fund targets Newport County
By Chris Barnett / April 3, 2017
Newport County women and nonprofits that provide programs supporting the self-sufficiency and independence of local girls and women can apply for scholarships and grants through our Miss Swinburne Fund.

Community building
By Jessica David / March 31, 2017
We make a $150,000 investment to be shared by three community organizations that 30 years ago began working together to provide immigration and citizenship services to foreign-born Rhode Islanders.

Connecting Rhode Island manufacturers
By Lauren Paola / March 30, 2017
The manufacturing industry looks very different in Rhode Island (and across the country) today than it did in its peak due to new technologies and some relocating production overseas.

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