Rhode Island Scholarships and Grants

Are you a graduating high school living in Rhode Island? If you are, this is an amazing time in your life, full of excitement and plans for the future. If part of that future includes going to college, this information is for you! Scholarships and grants are out there, and millions of dollars each year are not even applied for, much less claimed. Why don’t you give it a try – you never know what the outcome will be, and everyone can use a little help for college. Best of luck applying, and for your brighter than bright future!

American Legion Rhode Island Auxiliary Book Award

If you are graduating senior high school student living in Rhode Island, and you are also the dependent or descendent of a veteran – the child or grandchild of the veteran -- you may qualify for this scholarship. The award is in the amount of $500. If you would like to inquire about this opportunity, contact:
American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Rhode Island
Department Secretary
815 Sandy Lane, #18
Warwick, RI 0-2889
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NEBHE’s Tuition Break Regional Student Program

Do you live in Rhode Island and want to major in a career field, but can’t seem to find a school in-state that offers the curriculum you need? No problem! That’s why this program was created – to help defray the extra expenses of out-of-state study. Funds awarded are designated for use in New England public colleges and universities. You must major in a field of study listed in the school’s catalog. Visit your high school guidance counselor for a list of participating schools and programs, as well as specific information for each school. You can find more details on the website: www.nebhe.org/tuitionbreak.

College Bound Fund Academic Promise Scholarship

This program is designed to help high school residents of our state who have records of high scholastic achievement, but who will require financial assistance to attend college. You will need to complete the free on-line FAFSA application (details in ‘note’ above). You will also need to submit your transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Selection is based on the SAR (resulting from your FSFSA), the expected family contribution, and your test scores and transcript. Award is in the amount of $2,500 and may be used at designated institutions. If you would like more information about how to apply and about which universities and colleges are involved, go to the website: www.riheaa.org.

Rhode Island State Grant

This is a grant, and therefore, unlike a loan, never needs to be repaid. Your eligibility to receive these funds is dependent on several things. First, you must be a graduating high school senior living in Rhode Island. One or more of your parents must also live in-state. You should complete the free FAFSA application on-line (details in ‘note’ on previous page). In addition, you must meet all the requirements of Title IV eligibility. Awards are amounts ranging from $250 to $1,100, and there are a great number of these grants awarded each year. If you would like more information about this opportunity, check out the website: www.riheaa.org.

Rhode Island Foundation Association of Former Legislators

This is a non-renewable scholarship available to in-state high school seniors who have outstanding grades, a on-going record of community service, and can provide proof of financial need. There are five awards given each year in the amount of $1,500 each. Application should be accompanied by your transcript, test scores, financial need analysis, essay, references, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. For more information, contact libby@rifoundation.org.