Attending college is expensive. To help offset the cost of college, high school seniors should apply for as many scholarships as possible. Numerous organizations in Rhode Island offer scholarships open only to residents of the states. Most scholarships require a grade point average of at least a 3.0, so high school juniors and seniors should keep their grades up in order to qualify for more scholarships.
The Rhode Island Foundation manages over 150 scholarships from different organizations throughout Rhode Island. Scholarships range from $1,000 to over $5,000. The foundation provides a scholarship to help students determine which scholarships they apply for as many of the scholarships are specific to student interests, the high school a student attends or the college a student is planning to attend. In addition to college scholarships, the foundation manages scholarships for private middle schools, high schools and graduate programs in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority helps parents and students find funding for a college education and provides information on applying for college. Each year, 100 students in Rhode Island receive scholarships through the Academic Promise Scholarship which is worth up to $2,500 a year. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average in college to retain the scholarship.
Twenty-five Rhode Island students receive the Paul Sherlock Scholarship, named for a former Rhode Island representative. Students applying for the scholarship must have an expected family contribution of less than $7,500 based on the results of the FAFSA. Applications are due by June 1steach year.
Females in Rhode Island can earn college scholarships by participating in the Miss Rhode Island Scholarship program. Bryant University and Salve Regina University in Rhode Island offer renewable scholarships to the winner and runner-up of the Miss Rhode Island Pageant.
Through the Walter and Suzanne Scott Foundation, five scholarships are awarded annually through the Horatio Alger Rhode Island Scholarship. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. Students whose families make under $50,000 a year, have at least a 2.0 grade point average and demonstrate participate in extracurricular and community activities are eligible to apply.
High school seniors who live in a Cox Communications service area are eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Cox Communications Scholarship Program. Students must demonstrate involvement in community service activities and express a desire to major in communications, a technology field or engineering. The scholarship is worth $2,000.
In addition to the scholarships listed above, students who are planning on attending a college in Rhode Island should contact the university’s financial aid department to determine if additional scholarship opportunities are available to them. Many colleges and universities offer their own scholarships to incoming freshmen based on individual majors and academic merit. Student athletes who plan to play a sport at the college-level may be eligible to receive an NCAA scholarship through the university.
High school guidance departments also often have information on specific scholarships. If you are having difficulty finding scholarships or filling out scholarship applications, a high school guidance counselor will be willing to point you in the right direction and provide you with applications for scholarships.