Grants & Scholarships

Attending the college of her dreams

Audrey Martin is the inaugural recipient of the Rhode Island PBS Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“My parents were joking recently that PBS seems to have never stopped giving them a hand: From entertaining me and my two sisters for years with shows like ‘Arthur’ to now helping me attend the college of my dreams. There are not many organizations my parents owe as much to as PBS,” said Audrey Martin, recipient of the inaugural award from the Rhode Island PBS Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“Audrey embodies all of the traits we hoped to find in a candidate.”

- David W. Piccerelli, president of Rhode Island PBS

A graduate of Mansfield High School, Audrey plans to major in journalism at Boston University. She is the daughter of David and Christie Martin of Mansfield, MA.

“Audrey embodies all of the traits we hoped to find in a candidate,” said David W. Piccerelli, president of Rhode Island PBS. “Her overall application demonstrated a clear dedication to the field of journalism.”

Audrey was selected from 56 applicants from the station’s broadcast area in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. High school seniors who plan to attend, or students currently attending, a four-year post-secondary school to study journalism, broadcasting, or communications were eligible to apply for the $15,000 award that is renewable for up to four years.

This is the first scholarship to be awarded through a $1 million scholarship fund created by Rhode Island PBS at the Rhode Island Foundation. The fund will seek applicants annually.

To learn about the more than 150 scholarship opportunities made available by generous Foundation donors, visit Scholarships (link) or contact James S. Sanzi, J.D., senior vice president of development, at jsanzi@rifoundation.org or (401) 427-4025.