Grants & Scholarships

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Thanks to the generosity of many Rhode Islanders, the Foundation is able to offer scholarships and fellowships to students from middle school to post-graduate level, from communities throughout the state, and in many different fields of study.

Please note that we have migrated to a new scholarship application system. Both new and returning scholarship applicants must create a new account in the Foundation's scholarship portal.

Most of our scholarships now require the completion of a universal application, while others require completion of a unique eligibility quiz. As you browse scholarship opportunities, those scholarships that require completion of the universal application are noted. In addition, once you create your account in the Foundation's scholarship portal, you will find a listing of the scholarships which require a universal application.

We strongly encourage you to complete the universal application and any of the eligibility quizzes for the program(s) you may be interested in. Completion of the universal application allows our system to present additional scholarship opportunities to you for which you may be qualified, based on the information you provide.

Returning students who are renewing scholarships will need to create a new account in our portal and should complete the application that aligns with the scholarship(s) you intend to renew. Once you've completed your application, if it seems you are no longer eligible or if the scholarship you hope to renew does not appear in your listing of recommended scholarships, please contact Monica Benson, Scholarship and Special Funds Administrator, at (401) 427-4017 for assistance.

For additional information, contact Monica Benson at (401) 427-4017 or email mbenson@rifoundation.org.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Claudia Cornejo al (401) 427-4031 o envié un correo electrónico a ccornejo@rifoundation.org.

College-level Graduate-level

MJSA Education Foundation Jewelry Scholarship

May 15, 2023
  • National scholarship program for students pursuing jewelry-related curriculum
  • Applicant need not be Rhode Island resident
  • Award: $500 - $2,500; renewable
Apply
College-level

Major Jeremiah P. Murphy Scholarship

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Children of active, retired, or deceased Providence police officers
  • Attending post-secondary institutions offering two-year associate or four-year college degree

Important: review full requirements

Major Jeremiah P. Murphy Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Children of active, retired, or deceased Providence police officers
  • Attending post-secondary institutions offering two-year associate or four-year college degree
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,500; renewable
Apply
Other

Newport Yacht Club Endowment Fund Scholarship

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a marine-related program that is academic or trade related, enabling student to begin or further their career

Important: review full requirements

Newport Yacht Club Endowment Fund Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a marine-related program that is academic or trade related, enabling student to begin or further their career
  • Preference for applicants who are residents of or attending school in Newport County
  • Preference for renewals
Apply
College-level Graduate-level

Albert E. and Florence W. Newton Nursing Scholarship

May 08, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Nursing Scholarship Application
  • Rhode Island residents studying nursing in or out of state
  • Non-Rhode Island residents studying nursing in Rhode Island
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College-level

John J. O'Connor Jr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund

May 08, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Nursing Scholarship Application
  • RI resident attending a RI school
  • Must be in pursuit of a CNA, Associates, or Bachelors Nursing Degree
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College-level Graduate-level

Bernard and Henrietta O'Rourke Scholarship

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Lincoln, Rhode Island resident
  • Financial need

Important: review full requirements

Bernard and Henrietta O'Rourke Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Lincoln, Rhode Island resident
  • Financial need
  • Award: $500 - $4,000 annually; renewable
Apply
College-level Certificate-level

Frances L. Macartney Porter Fund

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Single parent
  • Rhode Island resident or attending a Rhode Island institution of higher learning

Important: review full requirements

Frances L. Macartney Porter Fund

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Single parent
  • Rhode Island resident or attending a Rhode Island institution of higher learning
  • Does not need to be a degree conferring program; certificate programs encouraged
  • Preference given to individuals enrolled in trade schools
  • Award: $1,000 - $4,000; renewable
Apply
College-level

Providence Fire Fighters Local 799 Scholarship Fund

May 31, 2023
  • Must be dependent child of active member, in good standing, of the Providence (RI) Fire Department and of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 799
  • Enrolled and in good standing at an accredited 2 or 4-year university/college, junior college, or post-secondary technical or vocational school
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College-level Graduate-level

RDW Group Communications Scholarship for People of Color

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Rhode Island person of color
  • Studying communications at the undergraduate or graduate level (see application for areas of study)

Important: review full requirements

RDW Group Communications Scholarship for People of Color

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Rhode Island person of color
  • Studying communications at the undergraduate or graduate level (see application for areas of study)
  • Award: $500 - $2,000; renewable
Apply
College-level

Rhode Island Association of Former Legislators Scholarship

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Graduating high school senior
  • Rhode Island resident

Important: review full requirements

Rhode Island Association of Former Legislators Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Graduating high school senior
  • Rhode Island resident
  • Outstanding community service
  • Award: $1,000 - $1,500; renewable
Apply
College-level Certificate-level

Rhode Island Commission on Women/Freda H. Goldman Education Award

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • To assist Rhode Island women with transportation, child-care, tutoring, educational materials, and/or other support services
  • Pursuing education or job training beyond high school

Important: review full requirements

Rhode Island Commission on Women/Freda H. Goldman Education Award

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • To assist Rhode Island women with transportation, child-care, tutoring, educational materials, and/or other support services
  • Pursuing education or job training beyond high school
  • Preference given to highly motivated, self-supporting, low-income women completing first undergraduate degree or certificate program
  • Award: $500 - $2,000; renewable
Apply
College-level

Rhode Island PBS Scholarship

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Resident of Rhode Island or Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • A graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year post-secondary school, or a student currently enrolled in an accredited 4-year post-secondary institution
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