Distinctive Scholarships

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Rhode Island College offers a variety of scholarships. In addition to demonstrating financial need, Distinctive Scholarships require students to meet additional criteria for eligibility.


Alan J. Chille '82 Leadership Excellence Award

Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate seniors in good academic standing. Applicants must demonstrate a positive impact through campus employment or student involvement, positive relationships and respect from co-workers, peers, faculty, staff and administrators. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding leadership, ability to work with others and successful collaboration with others in a team environment.

Students interested in being considered for this award should contact the Dean of Students Office

Col. John J. & Mary Drew Prybyla Scholarship

Applicants must submit an application and be members of the Rhode Island National Guard.

Donald C. Averill Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate juniors or seniors with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of substantial contribution to the life of the college through participation in student activities or other endeavors.

Dr. Frank A. and Camille S. Bucci Scholarship

Applicants must be active in student affairs, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and qualify for financial need.

Mary Juskalian Upward Bound Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate seniors from the Upward Bound Program. Applicants must have strong high school and Upward Bound GPAs. They must be planning a full-time course of study at an accredited postsecondary institution in the fall of the student's graduation year from the Upward Bound Program. They must qualify for financial need and demonstrate maturity, leadership, commitment and determination to succeed in college. Applicants are required to support the Upward Bound Program and its participants in the future. They must submit a presentation for requested documentation to confirm postsecondary enrollment each semester during the first year as well as provide evidence of a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 during that timeframe.

Michelina "Miki" Doretto Santos Scholarship

There are two awards for this scholarship.  

Applicants for the Upward Bound Award must be enrolled as undergraduate seniors graduating from the Upward Bound Program. Their high school and Upward Bound GPAs must be in good standings.  They should demonstrate maturity, leadership, commitment and determination to succeed and plan to study full-time at Rhode Island College.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 during each semester of the first year of postsecondary education and qualify for financial need.

Applicants for the Veteran's/Veteran's Spouse Award must be identified by the vice president of Student Affairs in consultation with the Veteran's Office and the dean of students.

President's Endowed Diversity Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students with a minimum overall high school GPA of 3.0. They must be a minority defined by the college and qualify for financial need.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a greater community through extra-curricular activities, athletics, volunteerism and/or community involvement.

Ridgway F. Shinn Jr., Study Abroad Fund

Applicants must be undergraduates who have completed a minimum of 30 Rhode Island College credit hours. They must be in good academic standing and return to Rhode Island College for at least one full semester. Applicants are required to consult with the director of Study Abroad and the faculty member(s).

The Joseph L. Costa '71 Endowed Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate freshmen or sophomores who graduated from a Rhode Island high school. They must be a first-generation college student qualifying for financial need as well as an active recipient of the Pell Grant. Preference will be given to an applicant enrolled in the Preparatory Enrollment Program.

The Upward Bound Endowed Scholarship

Applicants must be an Upward Bound graduate whose parents do not have a four-year college/university degree. They must plan to matriculate at a four-year college/university in the fall following high school graduation and qualify for financial need. They must demonstrate strong, progressive academic development in high school and a high level of community engagement and character.  Applicants are required to submit an essay.  Semi-finalists will be invited for an interview.





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