The Rhode Island Foundation has more than $1.8 million available for hundreds of scholarships to help students pay for college.
In addition to general assistance, some of the scholarships target students studying everything from social work to the arts, textile technology and filmmaking.
Some of the foundation’s funds target specific geographic areas. For example, the Brian Moretti Scholarship Fund and the Holly Charette Scholarship are for Cranston residents while the Marissa Salabert Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Daniel Brian Cohen Scholarship go to Warwick residents.
Other funds provide assistance based on gender, family income or other factors. The B. Jae Clanton Scholarship at the Urban League of R.I. is awarded to students of color and the Patty & Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship is for high school seniors who are the first in their families to attend college.
A description of every scholarship is posted at rifoundation.org. Students can apply for many of the awards through the website.
In 2016, the foundation awarded $45 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities.
Source: Providence Journal