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. All Rhode Island students, regardless of immigration status, are eligible to apply.

Most of our scholarships now require the completion of a universal eligibility quiz and application. Please complete the eligibility quiz for your chosen program and, if you are eligible, you will be guided to the application. To be considered for a scholarship, please be sure to complete and submit both the eligibility quiz and application.

For additional information, contact Monica Benson at (401) 427-4017 or email mbenson@rifoundation.org. Si necesita asistencia en Español, por favor de comunicarse con Zaida Hernandez al (401) 427-4039 o zhernandez@rifoundation.org.

College-level Certificate-level

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

April 15, 2024
  • 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; past recipients are eligible to reapply
Apply
College-level

Rhode Island PBS Scholarship

April 15, 2024
  • 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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College-level Certificate-level

Paula M. Rivard Memorial Scholarship

April 15, 2024
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Single Rhode Island women
  • Pursuing a two or four-year degree or certificate

Important: review full requirements

Paula M. Rivard Memorial Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Single Rhode Island women
  • Pursuing a two or four-year degree or certificate
  • Award: $500-$1,500; past recipients are eligible to reapply
Apply
College-level Graduate-level

Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship

May 06, 2024
  • Completion of Universal Nursing Scholarship Application
  • Students enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate nursing program in Rhode Island
  • Financial need
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College-level Graduate-level

Willard and Marjorie Scheibe Nursing Scholarship

May 06, 2024
  • Completion of Universal Nursing Scholarship Application
  • Rhode Island resident pursuing LPN, RN, or advanced nursing degree
  • Financial need
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College-level

Lily and Catello Sorrentino Memorial Scholarship

April 15, 2024
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Student 25 years of age or older
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in degree-conferring non-parochial institution in Rhode Island

Important: review full requirements

Lily and Catello Sorrentino Memorial Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Student 25 years of age or older
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in degree-conferring non-parochial institution in Rhode Island
  • Financial need
  • Preference given to students attending Rhode Island College, Community College of Rhode Island, or University of Rhode Island
  • Preference given to first-time applicants
  • Award: $1,000 - $1,500; past recipients are eligible to reapply
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College-level

Lillian Sparfven & Ethel Ferrara Fund Nursing Scholarship

May 06, 2024
  • Completion of Universal Nursing Scholarship Application
  • Rhode Island residents
  • Demonstrated financial need
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College-level

Station Nightclub Fire Children’s Scholarship

Ongoing
  • Provides financial assistance to dependent children of Station Nightclub victims or survivors who are enrolled or enrolling in post-secondary education and training
  • Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis
  • Contact the Rhode Island Foundation at (401) 427-4010
College-level Certificate-level

Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship

April 15, 2024
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Single parent, Rhode Island resident (men and women)
  • Preference given to parents currently or previously receiving state aid or those who have been previously incarcerated

Important: review full requirements

Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Single parent, Rhode Island resident (men and women)
  • Preference given to parents currently or previously receiving state aid or those who have been previously incarcerated
  • Award: $500 - $2,000; past recipients are eligible to reapply
Apply
College-level

Surti Family Scholarship Fund

May 06, 2024
  • Completion of Universal Nursing Scholarship Application
  • Minority nursing students who are currently working in Rhode Island as Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Preference for CNAs at Butler Hospital, then Care New England or its successor
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College-level Certificate-level

Miss Swinburne Scholarship

April 15, 2024
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Women living in Newport County
  • Direct support of course fees/tuition assistance and/or assistance with support services directly linked to achievement of student’s educational goals

Important: review full requirements

Miss Swinburne Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Women living in Newport County
  • Direct support of course fees/tuition assistance and/or assistance with support services directly linked to achievement of student’s educational goals
  • Preference given to highly motivated women seeking further education or training to become self-supporting
  • Graduate students ineligible
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,000; past recipients are eligible to reapply
Apply
College-level

David L. Taton Family Vocational/Technical Scholarship Fund

Ongoing
  • Rhode Island residents with financial need
  • Attending trade or technical schools in preparation for employment
  • Past recipients are eligible to reapply
Apply