A legacy for transforming experiences

More than 100 college students with a yen for travel and adventure have traveled the world thanks to fellowships from our Michael P. Metcalf Memorial Fund.

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from Rhode Island receive up to $5,000 for travel in pursuit of self-enrichment projects. Established in 1989, the Fund has enabled students to visit sites from Appalachia to Zaire. Past recipients have performed at a classical music festival in Rome, volunteered at a Costa Rican orphanage, and studied improvisational theater in Texas.

Metcalf was chairman and publisher of The Providence Journal at the time of his death in a 1987 bicycling accident. He was the heir of a Rhode Island manufacturing family whose history is woven into that of the state's largest newspaper. Stephen O. Metcalf, Michael’s grandfather, was president of the Providence Journal Company from 1904 to 1941. He was succeeded by his son, George Pierce Metcalf. Michael became president in 1974 and publisher five years later.

Metcalf was prominent in the Providence community: he was a director of the Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank and Providence Performing Arts Center, a trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Providence Country Day School, his alma mater, and a member of the Brook Club, the Agawam Club, and the Hope Club.

An avid skier and sailor, Metcalf was also an extremely private man who avoided the spotlight. His widow Charlotte and the Journal Company created the Metcalf Fund in his memory in 1989.

“I wanted to create an opportunity that was a departure from the usual scholarship. I thought of making wonderful experiences – transforming experiences – happen for others,” said Charlotte about the Metcalf Fund’s mission.

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