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Rhode Island Scholarships

Scholarships are as much a college tradition as dorm life. Students across the country realize that scholarships are the best way to get funding to pay for college because they do not have to be repaid and there are funds available for nearly everyone. If you live in Rhode Island, you may already be seeking scholarships for the next school year. Luckily for you, there are many scholarships in Rhode Island that are in place to meet your financial need. Here are some of the wonderful programs available in your state:

Rhode Island Academic Promise Scholarship

This program has the purpose of awarding academic promise for Rhode Island Students who have the greatest financial need. To be eligible, students must be graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in a postsecondary school as full-time students. Students must also show financial need and academic promise. Recipients are selected based on the family EFC and SAT or ACT scores. To maintain funding for subsequent years, students must meet GPA and financial need requirements. For full eligibility details and application instructions, visit www.riheaa.org.

Rhode Island Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation provides numerous scholarships including:

  • Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship – Available to Rhode Island high school seniors whose parents did not graduate from college and who are accepted to or enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college and who has financial need. Students may apply for these $1,000 scholarships online by May 1.
  • Alperin Hirsch Scholarship – This program is for a needy graduating senior from Shea Senior High School. Interested students should speak to the guidance counselor.
  • Edward R. Anderson CLU Scholarship – These scholarships are available to juniors and seniors who are Rhode Island residents and who are attending the University of Rhode Island to pursue a degree in the insurance/financial services field. To apply, contact the University of Rhode Island.
  • Ronald D. Araujo Memorial Scholarship – Scholarships for Tolman High School or Johnson and Wales University student athletes with a GPA of at least 3.0 and financial need. Applicants should consult counselors or financial aid officers for details.
  • Bach Organ Scholarship – Available to an organ music major who is a resident of Rhode Island or attending a college in the state. Students may apply for these $800 to $1,000 scholarships online by June 14.
  • F. Remington Ballou Scholarship – Scholarship for one graduating senior who is a resident of Providence and who plans to attend an accredited college or university. Interested students should contact School One at (401)331-2497.
  • Harold R. Bannister Scholarship – This program provides assistance to University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth students in textile technology who are from the greater Fall River area. Contact the university for application information.
  • Beacon Brighter Tomorrows Scholarship – To qualify for these scholarships, students must be dependent children whose parents sustained a work-related injury covered under workers’ compensation insurance with beacon Mutual Insurance Company. Eligible students must have at least a C average for the past two years, must be citizens or legal residents of the U.S., and must have financial need. Applications are due by June 15.

For more information on these and other scholarship programs, visit www.rifoundation.org.

Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be new or returning students in an accredited undergraduate program full-time in the United States. Applicants must be studying for a first undergraduate degree and must be citizens or resident aliens of the U.S. as well as permanent residents of a New England state. Successful candidates will have a substantial unmet need, a 3.0 or higher GPA, be enrolled in a demanding course of study, and have a high level of writing ability. Finally, applicants must demonstrate a desire to contribute to society, be involved in work, school, and community activities, show integrity, resolution, self-discipline, and judgment, and be working part time to pay for college. Interested students can find program applications and further information at www.phillips-scholarship.org.

Latino Dollars for Scholars

This program is designed to help undergraduate Latino students in Rhode Island pursue higher education. To be eligible, students must be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program, be of Latino descent, and be residents of Rhode Island. To apply, students must create a scholarship profile that includes school information, academic information, supporting materials, activities, awards, and employment, references, and the official application by April 1. For further information, or to create an account, visit the program website.

Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation

To qualify for these scholarships, students must be residents of Rhode Island and U.S. citizens who are of Polish-American descent. In addition, students must have at least a B average. To apply, students must submit official transcripts, completed application forms, three letters of reference, tax information of students and parents, and a personal essay by February 15. Full details and applications are available at www.polishscholarshipsri.org.

Rhode Island Bar Foundation Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are provided by the Rhode Island Bar Foundation to full-time students entering the first year of law school. The scholarships are nonrenewable and are valued at $20,000 each to two students. To be eligible, students must be pursuing a J.D. or L.L.B degree program at an American Bar Association school. Recipients are chosen based on financial need, academic performance, community and public service, and demonstrated commitment to the State of Rhode Island. To apply, students must submit the completed application along with a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, The Student Aid Report, and a detailed account of expected family financial support including tax returns and other documents by March 18. Applications and further details can be found at www.ribar.com.

Rhode Island Environmental Health Association Scholarship

These $1,000 scholarships are available to three students each year. To be eligible, students must be high school seniors or college students pursuing a career in public health, environmental sciences, or a related field. Students must also be members in good standing of the RIEHA. To apply, students must submit an essay, proof of RIEHA membership, two recommendations, official transcripts and ACT/SAT results, and a completed application by March 21. Applications and program details are available at www.ehari.org.

These are just some of the amazing scholarships in Rhode Island that are waiting to be claimed. If you are a college student, or soon will be, these and other programs can help you cover your financial shortfall so you can get the degree you need for your dream career.

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