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 Certificate-level

Paula M. Rivard Memorial Scholarship

April 10, 2023
  • 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; renewable
Apply
College-level Graduate-level

Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship

May 08, 2023
  • 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 08, 2023
  • 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 10, 2023
  • 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; renewable
Apply
College-level

Lillian Sparfven & Ethel Ferrara Fund Nursing Scholarship

May 08, 2023
  • 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 10, 2023
  • 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; renewable
Apply
College-level

Surti Family Scholarship Fund

May 08, 2023
  • 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
More Information
College-level Certificate-level

Miss Swinburne Scholarship

April 10, 2023
  • 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; renewable
Apply
College-level

David L. Taton Family Vocational/Technical Scholarship Fund

May 31, 2023
  • Rhode Island residents with financial need
  • Attending trade or technical schools in preparation for employment
  • Renewable
Apply
College-level

United Italian American Inc. Scholarship

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Rhode Island resident
  • Attending two- or four-year college or university

Important: review full requirements

United Italian American Inc. Scholarship

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Rhode Island resident
  • Attending two- or four-year college or university
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Leadership in school and/or community
  • Award: $250-$1,000; renewable
Apply
College-level Certificate-level

Nondas Hurst Voll Scholarship Fund

April 10, 2023
  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Single mothers transitioning off public assistance
  • Pursuing higher education or job training beyond high school

Important: review full requirements

Nondas Hurst Voll Scholarship Fund

  • Completion of Universal Scholarship Application
  • Single mothers transitioning off public assistance
  • Pursuing higher education or job training beyond high school
  • Award: $500-$1,500; renewable
Apply