RI students can apply for $1.8 million in scholarships
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 $1.8 million in scholarships.
Dozens of individual, family and organizational donors have established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books.
“This assistance can turn dreams into reality for our donors and the recipients,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The impact of their generosity will ripple across our state for generations as these students make their marks.”
The Foundation expects to help hundreds of students. In addition to general scholarship assistance, the Foundation offers a number of awards targeting students studying everything from social work or the arts to textile technology or filmmaking.
“I am so grateful to have found a career that embodies my desire to help others and make a difference in their lives. I took forward to integrating my passion for assisting other into a career in nursing,” said Newport resident Gabrielle Hermes, a senior nursing major at the University of Rhode Island, who received an Edward and Virginia Routhier Nursing Scholarship.
Some funds target provide assistance based on hometown, family income or special circumstance. For example, the Melvin and Patty Alperin First Generation Scholarship is earmarked for high school seniors whose parents did not graduate from college.
“A lot of things about college are challenging, including finding the resources to pay for books and fees. The scholarship I received helps take the pressure off and lets me concentrate on doing well in my classes,” said Pawtucket resident Jelit Martinez, a sophomore Wildlife and Conservation Biology major at the University of Rhode Island, who received help from the Alperin fund last year.
The Foundation’s Development staff works closely with donors to create funds that achieve their goals. The leadership of the Black Philanthropy Initiative and Bannister House have launched a new $2.5 million endowment
that will award its first assistance to students of color this year.
“The board had a series of long discussions about where the money should be held and the types of organizations and activities it should support to honor the history of Bannister House,” explained Jane Hayward, the former president of Bannister’s board.
More information about applying for a scholarship is posted here.
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2016, the Foundation awarded a record $45 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.