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    Top 56 Rhode Island Scholarships in May 2024

    Written by Kayla Korzekwinski

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    Updated: May 2nd, 2024

    Rhode Island may be the smallest U.S. state, but it is not small when it comes to scholarship opportunities! Students in Rhode Island have access to a variety of scholarships for different interests and fields of study. If you’re a Rhode Island resident, continue reading to learn all about the top Rhode Island scholarships and additional resources!

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship

    Offered by Horticultural Research Institute

    1 award worth $3,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student

    Offered by Horticultural Research Institute

    Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship applicants must be New England residents enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related…Show More

    Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship applicants must be New England residents enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related…Show More

    Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship applicants must be New England residents enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related discipline at a two- or four-year institution. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for a graduate student. Preference will be given to an applicant who plans to work in any aspect of the nursery industry following graduation, including the desire to own one's own business. Preference will also be given to applicants in financial need. Keep on reading to learn more about the scholarship!Show Less

    1 award worth $3,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship

    Offered by Foster Care To Success

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Foster Care To Success

    Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services…Show More

    Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services…Show More

    Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship is open to 16-49-year-old current and incoming university students pursuing any degree or professional degree who were in foster care through Casey Family Services in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. The scholarship is offered by Foster Care To Success, the oldest and largest national non-profit organization working solely with college-bound foster youth to help provide them with tuition grants, books, living stipends, and emergency funding. On a rolling basis, the scholarship grants up to $10,000 to help former foster youth pay for their postsecondary educational expenses. If you're a former foster youth looking for help funding your schooling, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Are you pursuing a bachelor’s degree and are from New England? If so, you might be interested in applying for the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you pursuing a bachelor’s degree and are from New England? If so, you might be interested in applying for the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you pursuing a bachelor’s degree and are from New England? If so, you might be interested in applying for the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship! The scholarship is open to permanent residents of New England who are entering or returning to an accredited undergraduate institution and demonstrate financial need. The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund is proud to offer this scholarship to help students attend college without accumulating debt. The scholarship is in honor of Stephen Philips, a Massachusetts family man who was involved in the merchant sailing era of Salem following the American Revolution. Every year, the scholarship awards up to $17,000 to help multiple New England residents cover their tuition costs. If you are a New England resident looking for a scholarship opportunity, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Albert E. and Florence W. Newton Nursing Scholarship

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    1 award worth $500 - $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    The Albert E. and Florence W. Newton Nursing Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for Rhode Island residents studying nursing in or out of state, as…Show More

    The Albert E. and Florence W. Newton Nursing Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for Rhode Island residents studying nursing in or out of state, as…Show More

    The Albert E. and Florence W. Newton Nursing Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for Rhode Island residents studying nursing in or out of state, as well as non-Rhode Island residents studying nursing in Rhode Island. Each year, the scholarship awards between $500 and $5,000 each to selected applicants who apply using the Rhode Island Foundation's single application for nursing scholarships. This scholarship is just one of nine available, so be sure to apply for the chance to be considered for all of them. If you're a Rhode Islander studying nursing, or from another state and pursuing a nursing degree in Rhode Island, apply and take the first step towards a bright future in nursing!Show Less

    1 award worth $500 - $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Willard and Marjorie Scheibe Nursing Scholarship

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    The Willard and Marjorie Scheibe Nursing Scholarship is open to Rhode Island residents pursuing LPN degrees, RN degrees, or advanced nursing degree applicants, or non-Rhode…Show More

    The Willard and Marjorie Scheibe Nursing Scholarship is open to Rhode Island residents pursuing LPN degrees, RN degrees, or advanced nursing degree applicants, or non-Rhode…Show More

    The Willard and Marjorie Scheibe Nursing Scholarship is open to Rhode Island residents pursuing LPN degrees, RN degrees, or advanced nursing degree applicants, or non-Rhode Island residents pursuing such degrees in Rhode Island. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate financial need and complete the Rhode Island Foundation's Nursing Scholarships application. Selected winners may earn awards worth between $500 and $5,000. If you're an aspiring nurse from Rhode Island or pursuing a nursing degree in Rhode Island, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    John J. O’Connor Jr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    Are you a Rhode Island resident pursuing a CNA, Associates, or Bachelors Nursing Degree at a Rhode Island institution of higher education? If so, consider…Show More

    Are you a Rhode Island resident pursuing a CNA, Associates, or Bachelors Nursing Degree at a Rhode Island institution of higher education? If so, consider…Show More

    Are you a Rhode Island resident pursuing a CNA, Associates, or Bachelors Nursing Degree at a Rhode Island institution of higher education? If so, consider applying for the John J. O’Connor Jr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund! Each year, the scholarship awards between $500 and $5,000 to multiple eligible Rhode Island nursing students. Ideal applicants should demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. If you're a nursing student from Rhode Island who's currently attending an in-state college or nursing program, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Mary Cafolla Wallace Nursing Scholarship Program

    Offered by The Philanthropic Initiative

    Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by The Philanthropic Initiative

    Are you an adult (ages 24 - 55) planning to pursue a second career in nursing and obtain either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)…Show More

    Are you an adult (ages 24 - 55) planning to pursue a second career in nursing and obtain either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)…Show More

    Are you an adult (ages 24 - 55) planning to pursue a second career in nursing and obtain either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in New England? If so, consider applying for the Mary Cafolla Wallace Nursing Scholarship Program! Each year, the program awards up to $20,000 each to multiple applicants who will be pursuing a nursing degree in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont in the upcoming Fall. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    FMC Skaters Scholarship

    Offered by FMC Ice Sports

    15 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by FMC Ice Sports

    Are you an ice sports participant or recreational ice skater in your last year of high school who skates at FMC arenas and is a…Show More

    Are you an ice sports participant or recreational ice skater in your last year of high school who skates at FMC arenas and is a…Show More

    Are you an ice sports participant or recreational ice skater in your last year of high school who skates at FMC arenas and is a New England resident? If so, the FMC Skaters Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple high school seniors who play ice hockey or figure skate/recreationally skate at FMC arenas and reside in New England. If you're a college-bound, New England high school senior and FMC Skater, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    15 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Rhode Island Promise

    Offered by Community College of Rhode Island

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Community College of Rhode Island

    Are you a Rhode Island resident who has graduated high school or received a GED in the most recent school year and will be enrolling…Show More

    Are you a Rhode Island resident who has graduated high school or received a GED in the most recent school year and will be enrolling…Show More

    Are you a Rhode Island resident who has graduated high school or received a GED in the most recent school year and will be enrolling at a CCRI (Community College of Rhode Island) campus in the semester immediately following graduation or receiving a GED? If so, you may be eligible for the Rhode Island Promise! Each year, the scholarship covers the costs of tuition for incoming CCRI students who are from Rhode Island and under the age of 19. Recipients can continue to receive the scholarship for the entirety of their time at a CCRI so long as they maintain full-time enrollment, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and earn at least 30 credits per school year. If you're a Rhode Islander fresh out of high school who is planning to pursue an associate degree at a CCRI without worrying about tuition fees, we encourage you to apply. Don't miss out on this opportunity to kickstart your academic journey!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    SENEDIA STEM Scholarship

    Offered by Senedia

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by Senedia

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national…Show More

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national…Show More

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national security and defense sector workforce. These unrestricted scholarships have helped students with a range of costs, from tuition to housing. Students entering their second year of a two-year degree program or entering their third year of a four-year program are eligible to apply. Students transitioning from a two-year program to a four-year program are also eligible to apply. If you're a post-secondary STEM student from New England, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Antonio Cirino Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $2,000 - $12,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    The Antonio Cirino Memorial Scholarship is open to graduate students pursuing a course of study in arts education, or individuals currently in the arts with…Show More

    The Antonio Cirino Memorial Scholarship is open to graduate students pursuing a course of study in arts education, or individuals currently in the arts with…Show More

    The Antonio Cirino Memorial Scholarship is open to graduate students pursuing a course of study in arts education, or individuals currently in the arts with an intention to teach. Applicants must be Rhode Island residents, demonstrate financial need, and not be a Rhode Island School of Design graduate or seeking a graduate degree from RISD in order to be eligible. Recipients will earn renewable rewards worth between $2,000 and $12,000, each. If you're a Rhode Island resident with a passion for teaching art, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000 - $12,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    1 award worth $500 - $2,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Rhode Island Foundation

    The Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship is open to single parents (men and women) who are Rhode Island residents. Preference is given to parents who…Show More

    The Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship is open to single parents (men and women) who are Rhode Island residents. Preference is given to parents who…Show More

    The Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship is open to single parents (men and women) who are Rhode Island residents. Preference is given to parents who are currently or have previously received state aid or those who have been previously incarcerated. If you're a single parent in Rhode Island and are currently pursuing a degree or certificate, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $500 - $2,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started
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    How to win Rhode Island scholarships

    Rhode Island is a small state filled with a lot of history, beauty, and fun opportunities! In order to make the price tag of Rhode Island college smaller, winning Rhode Island scholarships would be extremely beneficial! 

    In order to win Rhode Island scholarships, you should highlight the unique aspects of Rhode Island while simultaneously connecting back to your own passions and goals. For example, perhaps you grew up frequently attending Rhode Island beaches and now you want to be a marine biologist. Be sure to explicitly highlight how much your location in Rhode Island helped you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in marine biology. 

    Connecting your uniqueness to the uniqueness of Rhode Island will make you stand out in Rhode Island scholarship applications! 

    Writing resources for writing Rhode Island scholarship essays 

    Many Rhode Island scholarships may have you write an essay about yourself so be sure to familiarize yourself on some common scholarship essay prompts. Check out our guides on how to start a scholarship essay and how to end a scholarship essay to ensure your Rhode Island scholarship application is perfect from beginning to end. 

    Additionally, read over our Scholarships360 ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships to ensure you are well prepared to win Rhode Island scholarships! 

    Rhode Island student debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, in total, Rhode Island residents owe $4.6 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $32,056 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 59.7% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

    Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships from colleges in Rhode Island!

    Merit scholarships at Rhode Island colleges and universities

    Rhode Island College

    • Eligibility: First year students who demonstrate superior academic achievement
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to Rhode Island College

    University of Rhode Island

    • Eligibility: Freshmen based on academic performance in high school, including GPA and course selection
    • Amount: $2,000 up to $15,000
    • Deadline: December 1

    Bryant University

    • Eligibility: Incoming first year students with a strong high school GPA, SAT or ACT performance (if submitted), high school class rank, leadership and participation
    • Amount: $5,000 up to $35,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Bryant University

    Providence College

    • Eligibility: Freshmen who have exhausted the curriculum available at their school and maintained close to an A average (3.8+ GPA)
    • Amount: $22,000 up to $37,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Providence College

    Roger Williams University

    • Eligibility: Offered at the time of admission to recognize what students have accomplished in their learning prior to enrolling at Roger Williams
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to Roger Williams University

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

    In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

    Here are a few well-known Rhode Island universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

    University of Rhode Island

    • In-state tuition: $16,408
    • Out-of-state tuition: $35,804

    Rhode Island College

    • In-state tuition: $9.481
    • Out-of-state tuition: $25,014

    How do you get in-state tuition? 

    Gaining residency status for tuition purposes in Rhode Island can be quite difficult. This is because each Rhode Island college or university has different guidelines for students looking to gain in-state tuition status. Therefore, double check with your intended Rhode Island institution what the requirements are for gaining in-state tuition status. 

    Does Rhode Island offer tuition reciprocity? 

    Yes, Rhode Island is a part of the New England Regional Student Program which is a tuition reciprocity program among select Northeastern States. This program provides tuition savings to residents in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and of course Rhode Island. Eligibility for this program varies by state and institution so be sure to double check with your intended institution. 

    Rhode Island scholarship spotlight

    Rhode Island Promise

    • Eligibility: Rhode Island residents who are 2022 high school graduates or GED recipients who are younger than 19 years old. Recipients must enroll at Community College of Rhode Island in the fall immediately following high school graduation or the semester immediately after receiving a GED
    • Amount: Full cost of tuition
    • Deadline: May 1st

    Beatrice S. Demers Foreign Language Fellows

    • Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students, professors, or educators who are Rhode Island residents attending/teaching at a Rhode Island college or university who wish to pursue foreign language study
    • Amount: $1,000 up to $20,000
    • Deadline: Varies

    John J. O’Connor Jr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund

    • Eligibility: Rhode Island residents who are attending a Rhode Island school in pursuit of a CNA, associates, or bachelors nursing degree
    • Amount: $500 up to $5,000
    • Deadline: May 8

    Patty & Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Rhode Island high school seniors whose parents did not graduate from college (including community college or college in another country)
    • Amount: $1,000 up to $1,500
    • Deadline: Varies

    Paula Akers Memorial Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Must be nominated by a member of The R.I. American Federation of Teachers/Retired, and must be related to them
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Deadline: Varies

    RDW Group Communications Scholarship for People of Color

    • Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate Rhode Island BIPOC residents who are studying communications or a related degree
    • Amount: $500 up to $2,000
    • Deadline: Varies

    Transform Rhode Island Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Rhode Island Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) high school students, grades 9 – 12. Must be enrolled in a Rhode Island school or be actively home-schooled
    • Amount: $25,000 – 1st place; $15,000 – 2nd place; $10,000 – 3rd place
    • Deadline: Varies

    Additional Rhode Island resources

    Rhode Island Student Loan Authority scholarship search tool

    The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority maintains a database of hundreds of local scholarships. Students must make an account to browse the database.

    Rhode Island Foundation scholarships

    The Rhode Island Foundation provides several additional scholarships for a variety of students and fields of study.

    FAFSA guide

    On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. Rhode Island students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

    Frequently asked questions about Rhode Island scholarships

    How can I get in-state tuition in Rhode Island?

    To gain in-state tuition, you need to demonstrate your residence in a state and your intent to stay there. If you are financially dependent on your family, they must demonstrate their intentions. If you are financially independent, you only need to demonstrate your own residency and intent to stay.

    Sometimes, these requirements will vary based on the school you apply to. Each school has slightly different methods of verifying these requirements, so make sure to check in with your school to see what they’ll need to see.

    What is the top-ranked school in Rhode Island?

    Although college rankings are somewhat subjective, they can be a useful way to get an overall view of your college options. One of the most commonly top-rated schools in Rhode Island is Brown University. Brown is a member of the Ivy League and has an international reputation for its excellent academics. That being said, there are many excellent schools in Rhode Island, and the main thing that matters is what school is the best fit for you.

    Do I need to be a Rhode Island resident to receive Rhode Island scholarships?

    Many Rhode Island scholarships do require applicants to be residents. However, there are also many scholarships that are open to non-Rhode Island residents, so do your research!

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