Edward J. and Gloria M. Barlow Scholarship Fund
When Ed and Gloria Barlow were invited to an event at the Roger Williams Casino by a member of the Rhode Island Foundation over twenty years ago, they immediately knew they would be channeling their legacy through the Foundation. Gloria graduated from Classical High School during the World War II years and has been a proud and active alumna ever since, organizing reunions and other activities. Ed and Gloria decided that establishing the Edward J. and Gloria M. Barlow Scholarship Fund for Classical High students heading to college would be an enduring tribute to this historic school.
Gloria was born and raised in Rhode Island and Ed in Massachusetts, where they lived for many years before coming to settle in Gloria’s beloved home state. During their time in Massachusetts, they gave amply to their community. Ed, a successful businessman and Rotary Club member, worked as a volunteer at UMass Medical Center, and donated the building from his furniture business in Clinton to the Perkins School in Lancaster. It is now known as the Perkin Barlow Human Services Center, which serves the Clinton community.
Ed contributed generously to many causes since well before his retirement. Gloria spent many years as a volunteer, tutoring learning challenged children in Lancaster. The couple traveled extensively throughout the world and had a particular love of Italy and Germany. During their travels they made friends with whom they remained in touch throughout the years.
Gloria notes they always were alert to ways in which they could help their community. She says that Ed touched many lives and was widely admired not only for his generosity and kindness, but for his warmth, charm, and utterly original sense of humor.
“Rhode Island is my home,” says Gloria, “and returning to live here after many years in Massachusetts was one of the happiest decisions of my life. I can think of no better way to honor my state than to support the higher education of its children as they enter their difficult college years. And there is no better organization to facilitate this than the Rhode Island Foundation.”