Scholarships and Fellowships

Thanks to the generosity of many Rhode Islanders, the Foundation manages more than 150 scholarship and fellowship funds. Assistance is offered to students at a variety of levels (from middle school to post-graduate), to students in communities throughout the state, and in many different fields of study.

Ryan Curtis, a University of Rhode Island political science and psychology major from Coventry, received an award from the Michael P. Metcalf Memorial Fund to enable him to spend six weeks in Peru volunteering at an orphanage for children with disabilities and doing jungle conservation work. He was one of four students to earn a 2016 Metcalf Fellowship.

The Foundation has developed a scholarship questionnaire to help you determine your eligibility for scholarships/ fellowships administered by the Foundation. Please note that many additional scholarships are administered by designated schools and organizations.

Scholarships, both those administered by the Foundation and those administered by designated schools/organizations, are included in Scholarship/ Fellowship Opportunities.

Upcoming Deadlines

March 3: Horace and Reverend E. Naomi Craig Scholarship
Supports middle school students, grades 6-8, who wish to attend an independent or parochial school.

March 10: Sergeant Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship
For a Providence public high school junior who is planning to attend a post-secondary degree-conferring institution; must be nominated by high school guidance counselor

April 7:  Cataract Fire Company #2 Scholarship
For Warwick residents who are high school seniors and will enter their first year of a two-year, four-year, or vocational/technical post-secondary institution.

April 7: Major Jeremiah P. Murphy Scholarship
For children of active, retired, or deceased Providence police officers attending post-secondary institutions offering two- or four-year degrees

April 7: Miss Swinburne Scholarship
For women in Newport County with financial need; supports course fees/tuition and/or support services directly linked to educational goals 

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Did you know…

Generous Rhode Islanders have established scholarships for students who live in a specific city/town, those who attend a particular high school, those with a specific field of study, and more. Take our scholarship questionnaire to help determine your eligibility.



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