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Students can apply for $1.5 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation is offering students more than $1.5 million in scholarships. 

Dozens of individual, family and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, fees and books. Information about requirements and deadlines is posted on the Foundation's website.

“Each of these scholarships turns dreams into reality for our donors and the recipients,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The effect of their generosity will ripple through our community for generations.”

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.

The Albert and Florence Newton, Edward and Virginia Routhier, Alan Edgar Wurdeman and Willard and Marjorie Scheibe scholarship funds target students studying nursing.

“My scholarship has helped tremendously towards funding my college education. I am working very hard so that one day I can give back and so I can use my nursing skills in Rhode Island,” said Lauren Farrell of Barrington, a nursing major at Northeastern University.

Some funds target residents of specific cities or towns. The Brian Moretti Scholarship Fund and the Holly Charette Scholarship target Cranston residents while the Marissa Salabert Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Daniel Brian Cohen Scholarship go to Warwick residents.

The B. Jae Clanton Scholarship at the Urban League of R.I. and the RDW Group Minority Scholarship for Communications target students of color. Others like the Lawrence, Allen, Singletary Scholarship target graduates of Providence public high schools.

Some provide assistance based on gender, economic status or special circumstance. The Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship is open to low-income single parents, while the 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.

Kaitlin Bove of Middletown, a senior at Salve Regina University, received assistance from the Sundlun and the Commission on Women/Freda Goldman Education funds.

“The scholarships allow me the opportunity to continue toward my goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting,” said Bove. “Additionally, the awards provide me with the emotional validation that hard work pays off. My hope is to one day pay my good fortune forward by helping others receive a college education.”

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $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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