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Alice Hall Allen, Class of 1935 Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 13, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

Through the years, numerous individuals and families with ties to Cranston and its high schools have established scholarships at the Foundation to help students at Cranston High School East or Cranston High School West pursue higher education.

The late Alice Hall Allen, a 1935 graduate of what at the time was Cranston High School (now Cranston High School East), left a bequest directly to the Cranston Public School Department, and it was the Cranston School Committee that made the decision for the Foundation to administer the fund.

In a July 11, 2017 Providence Journal article, Joseph Balducci, the school department’s chief financial officer, stated, “The Foundation has more experience in investing endowments.”  Recognizing that the interest generated from the gift will be used for scholarships, he added that the gift “will live on forever.”

The Alice Hall Allen, Class of 1935 Scholarship Fund will provide graduates of Cranston High School East with an experience its namesake never had, the opportunity to attain a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Recipients of the need-based scholarship will be selected annually by school officials.

Born in Providence, Alice worked as an accounts manager following her graduation from Cranston High School, where she was an honors student. The Journal article states that, according to a yearbook profile, she “was a student who brightened all her ‘commercial classes’ and enjoyed swimming and dancing.”

Alice, who died in 2016 at age 98, had been a longtime member of Warwick Central Baptist church, its Adult Fellowship Group, and the Oaklawn Garden Club. She and her husband, Charles H. Allen, Jr., had been married for 61 years at the time of his death in 2001. The couple did not have children.

Cranston Superintendent of Schools Jeannine Nota-Masse told the Journal that school officials were “flabbergasted” when told of the gift, as they were not familiar with the donor. “We’re extremely grateful for Ms. Allen’s generosity. It’s a legacy we will make sure continues in her honor,” she said.

And it’s a legacy the Foundation is honored to help preserve.

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