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Metcalf Fellowships enable students to pursue their dreams
By Chris Barnett / June 3, 2015
Seven college students from Rhode Island will spend the summer traveling and learning thanks to more than $25,000 in fellowships.

Workforce development full STEAMM ahead
By Connie Grosch / May 27, 2015
Beth Cunha, co-founder and executive director of CDL, believes that education and workforce development go together, that they must work as partners. The paths being developed by educators and business leaders today include tracks that do not necessarily lead to college. “Let’s face it,” says Cunha, “some kids are not ready to go to college and that’s okay. Let’s look at the pathways and training structures that support them.”

Leading for change in urban education systems
By / May 15, 2015
Dr. Andres Alonso, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and CEO of Baltimore Public Schools for six years, talks about change in urban education systems at our 2015 Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversation.

Serving Providence youth from
By / May 7, 2015
The Providence Children & Youth Cabinet is a place-based coalition of approximately 60 youth-serving organizations in the City of Providence. Partner organizations have committed to working together to advance a series of common goals that span from “cradle to career.”

Our robust grantmaking continues in 2015
By Jenny Pereira / April 30, 2015
After a record-setting 2014, in which we awarded more money in grants than any year in our 99-year-history, we’re continuing our rigorous grantmaking in 2015. In the first quarter, our grants, both Foundation-directed and donor-directed, totaled more than $8 million.

Still time to apply for our scholarships
By Chris Barnett / April 27, 2015
To help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books, generous individual and organizational donors established scholarship funds with us.

Making the world a smaller place
By Chris Barnett / April 24, 2015
Grants from our Demers fund will send URI engineering students across the globe.

Supporting smart approaches to education
By Connie Grosch / March 26, 2015
Schools with high concentrations of low-income, urban students often have less successful educational outcomes. We are committed to changing that.

RI students can apply for $500,000 in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2015
At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, the Rhode Island Foundation is offering Rhode Island students and their families more than $500,000 in scholarships.

The state of the teaching profession: A conversation with Shael Polakow-Suransky
By / January 20, 2015
A national thought leader talks about the future of teacher prep with more than 75 educators and civic leaders at the first of our Community Conversations.

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