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$1.5 million in scholarships awarded
By Chris Barnett / September 13, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
Students from across the state are headed off to college with the help of more than $1.5 million in scholarships through the Rhode Island Foundation.

“These scholarships honor the students as well as the donors who make their dreams of a better future come true,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The impact of their generosity will be felt for decades as these young people enter the workforce and contribute to civic life of their communities.”

Dozens of individual and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books.

“This scholarship was important to me because it will help minimize the amount of debt I will have following undergrad and help me take out less loans. I am going to school intending to major in biology, with my eyes set on becoming a doctor. Although years of schooling await me, I am grateful to have as much financial support as possible to help me achieve my dreams,” said Sayira Silverio of Cranston, who a biology major at Macalester College.

In addition to general scholarship assistance, funds related to Beacon Mutual Insurance, A.T. Cross, the Smithfield Rotary, the Rhode Island Builders Association and the RDW Group offered targeted assistance. For example, the Albert and Florence Newton, Edward and Virginia Routhier and Willard and Alan Edgar Wurdeman scholarship funds target students studying nursing.

“Lessening the financial burden of books, supplies, and other costs of going to school and living allows me to better focus on my school work. This grant will let me worry less about my financial situation and more on succeeding in school and becoming a nurse,” said Monica Huber of Johnston, a nursing major at Rhode Island College.

Here is a complete list of scholarships, application deadlines and eligibility requirements.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded more than $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
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