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Opportunity to Give

Support the Journey to Success

Contribute to the Upward Bound Scholarship Fund
and its future generation of leaders.

The Upward Bound Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in 1988 and has grown over the years as a result of the vision, gratitude, and commitment of Upward Bound alumni, students, staff, and friends of the program. The Scholarship Committee, comprised of a core group of prominent Upward Bound alumni, announces and administers the annual application process. Typically, three scholarships are awarded ($3000, $2500, and $2000) each year during the Upward Bound commencement ceremony, and beginning in 2008, the Scholarship Committee announced book awards would be granted in the name of John Nazarian, Eighth President of Rhode Island College.

To date, the Scholarship Fund has supported more than $100​,000 in scholarship assistance over the past twenty years. These recipients have achieved great success in postsecondary education, and several have earned advanced degrees in law, medicine, education, and business.


Support the Journey to Success

  • $1000 or more - Millennium Boulevard
  • $500 - Legacy Circle
  • $250 - Donor's Drive
  • $100 - Achiever's Avenue
  • $50 - Prosperity Lane
  • $25 - Patron's Path
  • Other - No gift is too small to support this journey!
All donors to the Legacy Circle and Millennium Boulevard will be recognized on a permanent plaque which is prominently displayed in the Upward Bound office.

How to Give

It is very rare when individuals have an opportunity to directly affect the lives of others, but that is exactly what you will accomplish through your support. Upward Bound graduating seniors need the additional support from these scholarships to meet the ever-increasing costs associated with their higher education.

You may give in one of the following ways:
  • Forward your check to the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program. Checks should be made payable to the Rhode Island College Foundation, with "Upward Bound" noted in the memo line. The office address is -
    Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program
    600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
    Providence, RI 02908-1991
  • State Employees Charitable Appeal (SECA)
    On the annual enrollment/donation card, designate the RI College Foundation
    (# 4984) as the recipient of the money. Next to this, you will need to write in "designate money to Upward Bound Scholarship Fund, Acct. #: 20-32."
  • Corporate Matching Gift
    Many corporations participate in a matching gift program. If you or your spouse works for such a company, please check with your personnel office and submit the matching form to us for processing. You can double or triple your gift by taking just a few minutes to fill out that form.
All gifts are tax deductible.

The Rhode Island College Foundation administers the Upward Bound Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 401-456-8081. ​​

Page last updated: September 28, 2018