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Foundation Awards Newport County Nonprofits, Students $52,000 in Grants, Scholarships
By Lauren Paola / September 26, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...

Newport County nonprofit organizations and students will receive $52,000 in grants and scholarships from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Miss Swinburne Fund.

The fund memorializes Elizabeth H. Swinburne, a civic-minded woman of the early 1900s who established a school in her Newport home to educate young women. Following her death, the Civic League of Newport continued her mission and, 10 years ago, established the fund in her name. The Miss Swinburne Fund has provided nearly $600,000 in scholarships and grants to benefit young women from Newport County since 2002.

Organizational grants were awarded to:

  •  Star Kids Scholarship Program - A grant of $3,500 for the tuition expenses for one Newport County Star Kid female student to attend a non-public school for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Newport Community School - The $2,500 grant will support a vocational training program for Certified Nursing Assistants.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Newport County - A grant of $2,000 to expand the American Girl Club program for the 2013-2014 school year. This grant is earmarked for CPR and babysitting expenses.
  • Girl Scouts of Rhode Island - An award of $2,000 will be used to support Newport's Urban Outreach program benefitting at-risk girls grades K-12 who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts through after-school and summer community programming.
  • Women's Resource Center - A $2,000 grant to support the Court Advocacy Program in Newport County to educate and empower victims of domestic violence, validate their concerns, represent their wishes, and promote their access to services.
  • Child and Family Services of Newport County - The $2,000 grant will support the Groovy Girls Program to involve girls in activities to improve self-esteem, provide emotional support, and inspire confidence.
  • East Bay Community Action Program - A $2,000 grant to use toward the cost of staffing and materials for Even Start's Children's Room.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center - A $2,000 grant for the Strong Woman Series to provide information, support and empowerment to the women of Newport County on matters of health, finances, education, art and seeking employment.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State - A grant of $1,500 to support mentoring services for 30 at-risk girls living in Newport County. This grant is earmarked to purchase educational materials.
  • Social Enterprise Greenhouse - A $1,500 grant for the SVPRI-Newport Program will be used to recruit women and girls to participate in programs to develop the skills to start and maintain their own social enterprise and micro enterprise businesses.

Scholarship recipients are:

Camille I. Bobiak – Florida Institute of Technology

Caitlin L. Schnack – New York University

Victoria Oman – Bristol Community College
Kayla M. Kemper – University of Rhode Island
Meredith D. FitzGerald – University of Rhode Island

Jessica White – Community College of Rhode Island
Kaori G. Oneil – University of Rhode Island
Brittany N. Howellel – Community College of Rhode Island
Alexandra R. Brown – Cedarville University

Alexandra D. Corr – High Point University

The Miss Swinburne Fund will seek applications from Newport County nonprofit organizations and students again in the spring of 2014. See a full list of scholarships offered by the Rhode Island Foundation.

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