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Rhode Island Scholarships

by Mary Brito | Last Updated: May 8, 2022

Important Note: The purpose of this detailed listing is to help you plan your scholarship search throughout the year. Please find information below about scholarships for Rhode Island students. Some of the deadlines may be from prior years. Scholarship deadlines are cyclical, so even if a deadline has passed, the website will likely be updated for the 2021-22 cycle. Be sure to reach out to the sponsor or check sponsor websites for the most recent details.

January

This offers three (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place) scholarships ranging from $10,000-$25,000 to students of color to help them overcome financial obstacles to higher education. In an essay, video, or other multimedia work, students should respond to the following prompt: If you were given $1,000,000 to better the lives of Rhode Island’s BIPOC communities either through education, job skills training, business, housing or healthcare, how would you do so? The deadline to apply is January 31st. Read more here

This is for $1,000 and is open to female identifying high school seniors. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a high school studying math, science, and technology. They must also be considering a career in a transportation-related field. The deadline to apply is January 15th. Learn more here. 

These are for $2,000. This is for current college undergraduates from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. These students must be licensed as amateur radio operator technicians, hold U.S. citizenship with New England residency, and study electronics, communications, or related fields. The deadline to apply is January 31st. Learn more here.

This is for residents of any state, excluding Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Incoming freshmen are considered for these scholarships based on an overall assessment of the application for admission. Full consideration for academic scholarships is given to students who submit a complete application for freshman admission by January 1st. Read more here. 

February

This supports students from Rhode Island pursuing an accounting or finance major at any private or public college or university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and legal residents of Rhode Island, but they can attend ANY college or university, regardless of its location in the U.S. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in accounting during their undergraduate/graduate years, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The deadline is February 25th. Read more here. 

The Fund has awarded people entering a wide range of careers. However, strong preference will be given to graduate students as well as undergraduates who have completed at least 1 year of study (i.e., sophomore or junior applicants). Additionally, preference will be given to those who can satisfy high scholastic requirements and are considering careers in education. This is open only to students residing in certain states and the deadline to apply is February 1st. Website found here.

43 Public High Schools will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Red Sox Foundation.
Applicants must be planning to enter their first year of college by fall. The deadline is February 5th. Read more here. 

The maximum scholarship will be $20,000 per year per student. Applicants must be current residents of Rhode Island and be seniors at any high school (public, independent, or private) in Rhode Island. The deadline is February 28th. Read more here. 

March

This awards students who have worked to foster diversity, end bullying and discrimination or otherwise advocated on behalf of LGBT issues in their schools and communities. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must reside in New England, and be entering an accredited institution of higher learning. The deadline is March 17th. Website found here.

This is proud to offer three $1000 awards; one OMEGA scholarship will be awarded in each of the following categories: Transportation and Community; Technology; and Social Connectivity. To be considered, applicants must be current high school juniors or seniors attending school in one of the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Applicants must also be planning to pursue a degree at an accredited US post-secondary institution. The deadline to apply is March 20th. More details and application here.

One award is given to a college-bound high school senior from New England who has made a meaningful contribution to animal protection over a significant period of time. The deadline is March 25th. Find further information and application specifications here.

This awards of two and four years are granted up to a maximum of $2,500 annually. Applicants must also be high school seniors planning to attend a college or university that offers a certificate or degree related to graphic communications. If the major is not graphic communication- related, the student must explain how the major will prepare them for a career in the graphic communications industry. The deadline is March 31st. Apply here. 

To be qualified, applicants must be Rhode Island residents with significant disability and seeking financial assistance to attend college or technical school. This is for $1,000 and is based on merit, economic need and educational goals. The deadline is march 31st. Read more here.

These scholarship awards are given to high school seniors for achieving excellence in both athletics and academics. The applicant must have an Italian surname, if not maternal or paternal grandparents have to be of Italian decent, and so noted on the application. The applicant must be an outstanding student and athlete. The deadline is June 17th. Read more here.

April

This is for $500 and is awarded to a high school graduate from a Rhode Island High School who participates in extra-curricular activities and community service. Students must provide report cards, proof of community service and extra-curricular activities. They must also provide a letter of recommendation from a school staff member explaining how this student is a good role model for their school. The deadline is April 15th. Read more here. 

This is given to advance the knowledge and education of individuals in the employee benefits field, or those aspiring to careers in employee benefits. Careers in employee benefits include but are not limited to, careers in the actuarial sciences; ERISA and legal aspects of employee benefits; careers in pension design and planning; work and family issues; and careers in corporate employee benefits design, analysis and management. Undergraduate and graduate students studying in an accredited academic program residing either in New England or enrolled in an institution in New England who demonstrate an interest in a career in the employee benefits field are eligible. The deadline is April 1st. Learn more here. 

This helps power the movement of female leaders by inspiring and enabling women to pursue higher education. Applicants must prove a commitment to academics, community service and extracurricular activities. Applicants must be females who reside in or plan to attend school in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine. The deadline is April 1st. Read more here. 

This provides financial assistance to children and legal dependents of current employees of AAA Northeast who have been employed full-time for at least one year at the time of application (initial or renewal). Also, up to 12 scholarships for $2,500 will be awarded annually. Payment will be made to the recipient’s school of choice. The deadline is April 15th. Learn more here.

This is for students who’s parents did not graduate from college (including community college or a college in a foreign country). Also, applicants must show financial need and be accepted or enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college. The deadline is April 25th. More info. here. 

This is awarded to African-American/Black Rhode Island residents, the Martin Luther King Scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate academic and leadership success. Recipients must be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary college or technical school within the U.S. The award is renewable. The deadline is April 18th. More info. here. 

This is for $1,000-$1,500. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior and Rhode Island resident with outstanding community service. The deadline is April 25th. Read more here. 

This gives three to four awards of $1,000 to $3,000. This is available for undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate an interest in a career in the employee benefits field through either course of study or work experience. The applicant must be a resident of a New England state or be enrolled in a college in New England. The deadline to apply is April 1st. Apply here.

This supports the continuing education of Washington County women. Each year the Club awards scholarships that range from hundreds to thousands of dollars to selected applicants. Applicants must be women of at least age 19 with a high school diploma or GED, be a resident of Washington County, RI, demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled, or accepted, in an accredited educational program and working toward a first degree or in a career/vocational training or certificate program. Preference will be given to the applicant who is the primary support for herself or herself and dependents. The deadline is April 15th. Read more here. 

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to RI high school seniors who will pursue a college degree in the art field. These awards are based on student’s artistic ability, academics, and artistic passion. Applicants shall have applied to an accredited 4 year college majoring in an art field. The application deadline is April 17th. Read more here.

This was based on the unique role that the Touro Synagogue has played in both Jewish and American history, two one-time $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors. The deadline is April 21st. More info. here.

May

This is for $500 and is given to high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who reside in Rhode Island. Applicants must be artists seeking to take an art class at a Rhode Island institution. The deadline is May 23rd. Learn more here. 

This program offers need-based scholarships to graduates of Rhode Island high schools pursuing an undergraduate degree at select Rhode Island colleges and universities. The deadline is May 9th. Apply here. 

Applicants must be a spouse or legal dependent of an eligible claim. They must also be accepted into an accredited post-secondary institution and demonstrate financial need. The deadline is May 16th. Apply here. 

This ranges from $3,000 to $17,000. This is for applicants pursuing a bachelor’s degree for the first time. Must be a US citizen or noncitizen who has a current lawful presence in the United States and employment authorization. Must be a permanent resident of a New England state: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont. The deadline is May 2nd. Learn more here. 

This is for RI resident, specifically high school seniors. There will be 3 winners who will win $2,000 each and will be randomly selected on the first day of the following month through May 1st. Learn more here. 

There arefive nursing funds each year. One application may be used to apply for all five programs, as long as an applicant qualifies for at least one of the programs described. Award amounts vary from $500 to $5000. The deadline is May 9th. Read more here. 

This is for $1,000 has been given to around 400 college-bound high school seniors. It’s reserved for New England residents in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine who actively skate at FMC arenas from East Boston to Worcester. To be eligible, you must be accepted at accredited two- or four-year U.S. colleges, have participated in ice hockey, figure skating, and recreational ice sports,  and exhibit financial need for higher education costs. The deadline is May 1st. Application here.

This is for $500 and offered to a licensed radio amateur with a general class or higher license who is majoring in electronics, communications, or a related field. The applicant must reside and attend school in New York or New England. The deadline to apply is December 31st. Website found here.

High school seniors are eligible to fill out this application. They must also write an essay 250 words or less about why you want to be a recipient of the RIASMD Scholarship Program, the course of study or major field of interest you plan to follow, your proposed occupation or profession, and what you would like to accomplish once you have obtained your degree. The deadline to submit is May 24th. Read more here. 

This is provided to students in an accredited undergraduate Landscape Architecture program in the State of Rhode Island who are entering their Sophomore, Junior, Senior Year or are graduating and are pursuing an graduate degree in the field of Landscape Architecture. This will give two scholarships in the amount of $1500 for tuition, books, drafting supplies, etc. The deadline is May 27th. Read more here. 

June

This awards the winner of a prom attire competition $10,000 in prize money.  The eight runner ups will also be awarded various amounts of prize money as well. The winner will be decided by community voting. The deadline is June 9th. Learn more here.

These scholarship awards are given to high school seniors for achieving excellence in both athletics and academics. The applicant must have an Italian surname, if not maternal or paternal grandparents have to be of Italian decent, and so noted on the application. The applicant must be an outstanding student and athlete. The deadline is June 17th. Read more here.

Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce is awarding scholarships to high school seniors in Southern Rhode Island in recognition of academic excellence and community service. All applications need to be submitted to Southern RI Chamber of Commerce by midnight on June 11. The winners will be announced in late June. Each applicant must have a Chamber member sponsor. Chamber members can sponsor only one applicant.  Apply here.

This requires membership in the Rhode Island Army National Guard, but can cover full tuition/fees or room and board (10K cap), $1,200 book stipend, $420 monthly ROTC Cadet stipend, $338-$480 per month drill pay, and more. Scholarship recipients serve in the Rhode Island Army National Guard while also attending college as an ROTC cadet, upon graduation they are commissioned as Second Lieutenants.  The deadline is June 6th. Read more here. 

July

Applicant must be a resident of Windsor County and a member of the farm bureau. They must be seeking a degree is agriculture and attend a school located in Rhode Island. The deadline to apply is July 30th. Read more here.

August

This awards up to $2,000 to an excellent student who serves in their community and provides services to those in need. This application is due August 1st. Learn more here.

September

This created to aid students from New England who are seeking a career in horticulture. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related discipline at a two- or four-year institution as a full time student, be a resident of six New England states, have senior standing in a two-year curriculum, junior standing in a four-year curriculum or a graduate student standing, and have a minimum grade point average of 2.25. The deadline is September 2nd. Read more here.

October

This is for $2,000 and is open to veterinary students in their third year, to be applied to their fourth year. Applicants must be a graduate of a Rhode Island high school or have earned an equivalent in RI and have a grade point average of at least 2.5. The scholarship criteria is weighted 60% for academic excellence, 40% for academic need. The deadline is October 15th. Read more here.

The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarship amount is for $10,000. The deadline is October 25th. Website found here. 

This is a $10,000 scholarship and the program allows you the chance to spend a week in Washington, DC. To apply, applicants must be in student government (pursuing a career in public service). The deadline is October 26th. Learn more here. 

November

This offers a very limited number of merit-based out-of-state scholarships designed to reduce the out-of-state tuition for high-achieving students at the following levels: Alumni Scholarship up to $8,000 per year; Sunshine Scholarship up to $16,000 per year; and, Gator Nation Scholarship up to $20,000 per year for oner 4 years. The deadline is November 16th. Learn more here. 

 

December

This assists ASA members in the region and/or students currently enrolled in, or with plans to enroll in, accredited higher-education institutions directly related to the PHCP-PVF industry. The deadline is December 9th. Read more here. 

This is for $1,000 and is now open to current college students in New England who are pursuing a degree in journalism or working towards a career in media, whether it be in broadcast, newsprint, photojournalism or online journalism. All applicants must be from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont or Connecticut or going to colleges or universities in those states. The deadline is December 3rd. Learn more here.

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident who is a high school senior planning to enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the U.S., who demonstrates ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work- related activities. One $10,000 scholarship from Rhode Island will be awarded. The deadline is December 13th. Read more here. 

Deadlines Vary

This offers a variety of scholarships for Rhode Island high school to graduate level students. The requirements and deadlines vary. Website found here. 

This enables New England residents to enroll in out-of-state public colleges and universities within Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont—82 in total—at lower tuition rates. Students must enroll in an approved major or program to participate. Read more here. 

This is for students who have been accepted into a college or university or current student. Their family income must be of $60,000 or less. Students must also have been active in the community, volunteer, have a job or play a sport, maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher while in school, and be from Florida, Wisconsin or the New England Area to apply (one student in each state will be chosen). Apply here.

This is for students who have been accepted into a college or university or current student. Their family income must be of $60,000 or less. Students must also have been active in the community, volunteer, have a job or play a sport, maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher while in school, and be from Florida, Wisconsin or the New England Area to apply (one student in each state will be chosen). Apply here.

If you were a part of Casey Family Services Foster Care and are 16 and over thinking about, starting, or currently attending college or university then you may be eligible for the Casey Family Services (CFS) Alumni Scholarship, which is up to $10,000. Read more here. 

Applicants must demonstrate humanitarian acts and community service. Preference will be given to an applicant enrolled full time, who is, in this order, athletic, especially in track and field, enrolled in ROTC and has a minimum overall GPA of 3.25. Read more here.

Applicants must be enrolled full time and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. Applicants must demonstrate strong character and qualify for financial need. Learn more here. 

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates with a minimum overall GPA of 2.50.  Applicants must demonstrate strong effort and character and qualify for financial need. Learn more here. 

Applicants can be enrolled as full-time or part-time students with a minimum overall GPA of 2.67. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 Rhode Island College credit hours and demonstrate community involvement on and off campus. Learn more here. 

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Mary Brito is enrolled at the prestigious Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York Queens College. She is studying urban studies and political science and aspires to one day work in the nonprofit sector for a social justice organization. Knowing the difficulties, hardships, and struggles that students face on their journey to college, Mary offers insight on the ins and outs of college admissions, what colleges look for in personal statements and supplemental essays, and navigating the scholarship and paying for the college process. For fun, Mary likes to paint, travel, and explore the city with friends. She will also be a programming and residential life assistant for high school students in Building Community at Columbia University.