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Our scholarships make dreams come true
By Chris Barnett / September 2, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Students from across the state are headed off to college with the help of more than $500,000 in scholarships.

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

These scholarships honor not just the recipients, but the donors who make their dreams of a better future come true. The benefits of their generosity will pay dividends for decades as these young people enter the workforce and the civic life of their communities.

"Receiving a scholarship motivates me to not only complete my degree, but to further my education. I look forward to being able to give back to my community once I begin my career in nursing," says Meghan Rainville, a Bristol resident who attends the University of Rhode Island.

In addition to general scholarship assistance, some funds target specific geographic areas or provide assistance based on gender, economic status or special circumstance.

The Melvin and Patty Alperin First Generation Scholarship is earmarked for high school seniors who are accepted or enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college whose parents did not graduate from college.

Our Rhode Island Commission on Women/Freda Goldman Education Award is for women pursuing education or job training beyond high school who need assistance with transportation, child care, educational materials or other support services.

We also offer a number of awards targeting students studying everything from social work or the arts to textile technology or filmmaking.

Our Beatrice S. Demers Fund provides fellowships for studying foreign languages while the Albert and Florence Newton, Edward and Virginia Routhier and Willard and Marjorie Scheibe scholarship funds target students studying nursing.

The Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-17 school year in January. Check back then for a complete list of scholarships, application deadlines and eligibility requirements.

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