Latino students can apply for $500,000 in scholarships at Rhode Island Foundation

 Latino students can apply for $500,000 in scholarships at Rhode Island Foundation

PROVIDENCE, RI – Latino students can apply for more than $500,000 in scholarships at the Rhode Island Foundation. The assistance helps students pay for educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books.


“Every one of these scholarships makes dreams come true for our donors and our recipients,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The impact of their generosity will ripple through Rhode Island for generations.”

In addition to general scholarship assistance, some funds target Providence residents or provide assistance based on gender, economic status or special circumstance.

Margaret Hanley Van Orden Scholarship goes to graduates of Hope High School and the Lawrence, Allen, Singletary Scholarship targets Hope High School or Central High School graduates. Other scholarships include the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. Scholarship, Urban League of RI Scholarship and the RDW Group Minority Scholarship for Communications for students of color studying communications.


The Melvin and Patty Alperin First Generation Scholarship is earmarked for high school seniors whose parents did not graduate from college.


The Rhode Island Commission on Women/Freda Goldman Education Award is for women pursuing education or job training beyond high school who need assistance with transportation, child care, educational materials or other support services.


In addition to general scholarship assistance, the Foundation offers a number of awards targeting students studying everything from social work or the arts to textile technology or filmmaking.


The Albert and Florence Newton, Edward and Virginia Routhier and Willard and Marjorie Scheibe scholarship funds target students studying nursing.


“Receiving a scholarship motivates me to not only complete my degree, but to further my education. I look forward to be able to give back to my community once I begin my career in nursing,” said Meghan Rainville, a University of Rhode Island junior who received a Routhier award for this academic year.


A complete list of scholarships, application deadlines and eligibility requirements is posted on the Foundation’s website at


The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2014, the Foundation awarded more than $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit