Alumni Student Scholarships

Alumni Student Scholarships

The 2021 alumni student scholarships are available to incoming and current Rhode Island College students who qualify. 

Incoming Freshmen and Upperclassmen Scholarships are no longer accepting applications.

Available Scholarships

Emergency financial assistance for Rhode Island College students is funded by the Alumni Association and generous donors.  

Its purpose is to assist students with financial emergencies so they may remain in college and successfully graduate. Need-based grants of up to $1,000 will be made to cover such emergencies as, 

  • Educational Expenses 
  • Health 
  • Housing 
  • Child Care 

Any matriculated RIC student who is enrolled in courses and in good standing with the college may apply. Exceptions to the enrollment criteria may be made during the add/drop period to assist students with lifting a financial hold on their account.  

Incoming Freshmen Scholarship 

Awarded to a child or grandchild of a RIC graduate. 

Requirements 

  • Enrolled with 12 credit hours or more for fall semester 
  • Typed essay, minimum 250 words addressing how will a Rhode Island College education help you accomplish your goals 
  • List of extracurricular involvements including, but not limited to, school activities, community service, and employment  

Past awards have ranged from $200 - $1,000 

Frank & Agnes Campbell ’46 Scholarship  

Awarded to incoming freshmen who plan to pursue a career in teaching.  

Requirements:

  • Enrolled with 12 credit hours or more for fall semester 
  • Provide graduation class ranking (applicants must rank in the top 25% of their high school graduating class) 
  • Education is indicated as their intended curriculum  
  • Typed essay addressing why you aspire to become a teacher 
  • Three references (minimum of two must come from your high school, include names, titles and telephone numbers) 
  • List of extracurricular involvements including, but not limited to, school activities, community service, and employment  

Past awards have ranged from $750 - $1,500 

Current Student Scholarships 

Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Graduate Student Scholarships 

Scholarships are for one (1) year and are not automatically renewed. All scholarship awardees are selected by the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee.  

RIC Alumni Scholarship  
Past awards ranged from $250 - $2,000 
  • Enrolled with 12 credit hours or more for fall semester 
  • Currently completing freshmen, sophomore or junior year 
  • Cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher 
  • Typed essay (minimum 250 words) addressing your accomplishments from your time at RIC and how scholarship will help you finish achieving your goals  
  • List of extracurricular involvements including, but not limited to, school activities, community service, and employment  
Noreen Ackerman ’80 Scholarship   
Award is $1,379 
  • Enrolled with 12 credit hours or more for fall semester 
  • Rhode Island resident  
  • Entering sophomore, junior or senior year 
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher 
  • Typed essay (maximum 500 words) addressing if given the scholarship, how will you give back your time and talent to Rhode Island College and your community  
  • List of extracurricular involvements including, but not limited to, school activities, community service, and employment  
Alumni Graduate Award  
Past awards ranged from $500 - $1,500 
  • Enrolled as a full-time graduate student in a RIC Master’s degree program (9 credit hours or more) 
  • Typed essay addressing your accomplishments at Rhode Island College and how this scholarship will benefit your career goals  
  • Information on your current graduate program and number of credits you earned as an undergraduate of RIC  
  • List of extracurricular involvements including, but not limited to, school activities, community service, and employment  

*Please note, Graduate Assistants are not eligible to apply* 

Alumni Children Academic Award   
Awards are $2,000 | Up to three awards are awarded annually 

Awarded to a child or grandchild of a RIC graduate, enrolled full-time at the college during the academic year. 

  • Based on the highest GPA of applicants  
  • One award is distributed to freshmen returning as a sophomore (approximately 30 credits earned) 
  • One award is distributed to a sophomore returning as a junior (approximately 60 credits earned) 
  • One award is distributed to a junior returning as a senior (approximately 90 credits earned)  
  • No essay required 
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