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Special Education Scholarships

Abbie Hoisington Memorial Scholarship Fund

Abbie Hoisington was among the 100 victims who died in The Station nightclub fire in 2003, one of the deadliest fires in the nation’s history. She was only 28 years old, a special education teacher and a graduate student at RIC at the time of her death. 
Abbie was posthumously awarded a M.Ed. in 2003. In 2013 as a tribute to Abbie, her parents Bonnie and Lee Hoisington established the Abbie Hoisington Memorial Scholarship Fund through contributions from family members, friends and colleagues to support future teachers of special education.

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student who has been accepted to the special education program.               
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid

Outside Link Click to download application.

Helen Forman’34 Special Education Scholarship Fund

Helen Forman was a member of the graduating Class of 1934, known as Rhode Island College of Education (RICE) back then.  Donor of the largest gift in the history of Rhode Island College.  During her career she taught grades K-12 at different times and was also a Special Education teacher for nineteen years before retiring in the late 1970’s.  During this time she was quoted as saying “……my teaching career in special education was truly the most challenging, and most rewarding teaching assignments I ever had.”

During her life she was a dedicated volunteer for many College functions, a Rhode Island College Alumna of the Year in 1989 and was awarded an honorary degree in 1999 ----Doctor of Humanities.

  • Accepted into a special education undergraduate or graduate program
  • Grade point average in general education courses
  • Grade point average in special education courses
  • Demonstrated commitment in special education (i.e. service to the population, volunteer work, etc.)
  • Demonstrated leadership/community service as documented in a short listing with descriptions of service
  • Letters of recommendation

Outside Link Click to download application.

Paul V. Sherlock '60 Scholarship Fund

A special education professor at Rhode Island College for more than 30 years. He was RI’s first director of special education, serving from 1959 to 1966. Representative Paul Sherlock was also a longtime advocate of individuals with disabilities and their families who served a quarter-century in the RI General Assembly.

Established in 2004 by family, colleagues and friends as a permanent tribute to Paul Sherlock's legacy in the field of special education.  This annual scholarship provides support to a scholar undertaking work in a special education related area of interest.  Priority will be given to support research involving collaboration with the Paul V. Sherlock Center at Rhode Island College.

  • Must be accepted into a special education program at Rhode Island College (Undergraduate/Graduate/Ph.D.)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic work toward degree
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to efforts/ research related to individuals with disabilities.
  • Demonstrate need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid

Outside Link Click to download application.

Romeo R. Romano ‘73 Scholarship Fund

Romano R. Romano was a graduate of the special education program at Rhode Island College and recognized for his contributions to educating students with disabilities.  He grew up in a working class family in the North End of Providence.  He was a very good special educator and earned great respect as a consultant with the Office of Special Education in the Rhode Island Department of Education.

The Romano Award is presented by the faculty of the Special Education Department to an undergraduate who is recognized for dedication to individuals with disabilities.

  • must be accepted into a undergraduate special education program at Rhode Island College
  • demonstrates working with individuals with disabilities
  • grade point average in general education courses
  • grade point average in special education courses
  • demonstrate need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid

Outside Link Click to download application.

Helene Wynaught Lindstrom Scholarship Fund

This fund was created to honor the memory of Helene Wynaught Lindstrom, a devoted mother and class of 1939 graduate.   While Mrs. Lindstrom’s professional teaching career was relatively brief, she had a lifelong interest in learning and was involved in the education of the developmentally disabled for over fifty-seven years.  In recognition of her dedication, this fund has been established to support an undergraduate in Special Education with a concentration in Severe Intellectual Disabilities.

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • a Rhode Island resident
  • must be accepted into a Special Education program at Rhode Island College
  • concentration in Severe Intellectual Disabilities preferred
  • demonstrate need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid

Outside Link Click to download application

Andrea B. Isserlis '64 Special Education Scholarship Fund​

Established in 2009 by Special Education teacher Andrea B. Isserlis to help students studying to become Special Education teachers.

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • must be accepted into a Special Education program at Rhode Island College
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • preference awarded to student who demonstrate need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid

Click to download application​​​

Page last updated: March 27, 2018