Resources, Scholarship, Internships and Volunteering
The Unity Center continues to look for opportunities, resources and more for Rhode Island College students. Lists of scholarships, internships, grants and volunteer opportunities constantly updates. Contact the Unity Center for the most up-to-date information.
The following scholarships are national awards that offer different amounts and opportunities to enrolled students. Learn more about criteria and qualifications on their webpages.
- Levin- Goffe Scholarship for LGBTQI Immigrants
- Point Foundation Scholarship
- The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation Scholarship
- Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
- Kay Longcope Scholarship Award
- American Psychological Association Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award
- Out to Project Scholarship
- SpeakOUT Boston Scholarship
he following scholarships are offered through the Rhode Island College Foundation. Criteria and requirements outlined on their website.
- Phyllis St. Germain Crawford Scholarship
- Mary F. Luzzi Scholarship Fund
- John (Jack) ’73 & Patricia ’69 Milligan Endowed Scholarships
- Eunice O. Shatz Endowed Fund for the School of Social Work
- Josephine A. Stillings Scholarship Fund
- Therese L. Marchand Sullivan ’46 Endowed Scholarship Fund
The following scholarships are offered through the Rhode Island Foundation. Criteria and requirements outlined on their website.
- Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship fund
- Bruce and Marjori Sundlun Scholarship
- Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Award
- Nondas Hurst Voll Scholarship
- GFWC Women’s Club of South County Scholarship
- Frances L. Macartney Porter Fund
- Rhode Island Commission on Women/Freda Goldman Education Award
- Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Grants Database
- Golden Door Scholars
Status doesn’t determine opportunity. Tenacity and hard work do. With our scholarship, undocumented students invest in their education and define their future. Eligibility Criteria: current high school students or recent graduates, currently enrolled undergraduates, and transfer students, DACA, TPS, or meet the immigration eligibility criteria, High GPA, be applying for a variety of scholarships, be driven to excel and help others succeed.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Eligibility Criteria: Must be of Hispanic heritage, US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA), high school students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and undergraduate and graduate students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, during the fall of a scholarship cycle (year).
- Immigrants Rising Scholarship List
The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status.
- My Undocumented Life
- Questbridge College Match Program
The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, regardless of citizenship, currently attending a high school in the United States. Only some of our college partners will consider non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents for admission and full scholarships. For the most up-to-date information, see Additional Citizenship Requirements.
- Scholarship America: Dream Award
Students who receive the Dream Award have completed at least their first year of their college education, have a significant financial need, and have overcome obstacles through sheer determination. They must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
- The Dream National Scholarship
For high school or community college graduates: Need to have DACA or TPS or meet TheDream.US immigration eligibility criteria and qualify for in-state tuition at one of our Partner Colleges to receive this scholarship. We also offer an online college option.
- The Jack Kent Cooke foundation College Scholarships
The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Students do not need to be U.S. citizens however; they must reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and attend high school in the United States.
- U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
Since May 1982, USHLI has worked to empower the Latino community and similarly disenfranchised groups by promoting education, servant leadership development, civic engagement, and research.
- The Ultimate List of Scholarships for Women
- The Science Ambassador Scholarship
A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. You do need to attend college (or plan to attend college) in the United States. The Science Ambassador Scholarship is only open to undergraduate students and high school seniors.
For Native American Women
- Association of American Indian Affairs Scholarship
Applicants must be enrolled with his or her respective Tribe, either federally recognized or non-federally recognized Tribe, from the continental US or Alaska.
- Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship
Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited, graduate-level U.S. healthcare program, be African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander, have proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter.
For Hispanic Women
- Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships form the cornerstone of the Chicana Latina Foundation. We award merit-based scholarships valued at $1500 to 30-40 powerful Latina students each year.
- Chicana Latina Foundation
- HACU Scholarship Program
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to be the administrator of scholarship opportunities provided by our partners to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify, since each partner may have differing requirements.
For Asian Women/Girls
- Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution Scholarship Program
Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $5,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students who are citizens, nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States or citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.
- Asian Woman in Business (AWIB) Scholarship
The AWIB Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to students who have the attributes to be our next generation of leaders. Candidates for the scholarship must be female of Asian (includes those who can trace their ancestry from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) or Pacific Islander ancestry and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
For African- American Women/Girls
- Anita Young Bowswell Scholarship – national Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc.
Students must be African American undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Selection is based on academic accomplishments as well as involvement in school and community activities and an essay.
- Julianne Malveaux Scholarship
Scholarship for African-American women who are college sophomores or juniors enrolled in an accredited college or university. Applicants must be majoring in journalism, economics, or a related field. Minimum 3.0 GPA required. Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship – National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs
Applicants must be African-American, U.S. Citizens, full-time freshman student in a four-year or two-year college.
- UNCF Essence Scholars Program
Annual awards for African American, female sophomore or junior undergraduate students enrolled in a UNCF member college or university, Hampton University or Howard University. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need. Students must file the FAFSA. Due date, number of awards and award amount may vary.
Grants for Integrating Research and Creative Activity into the Curriculum CRCA Integration Grants
Undergraduate participation in mentored research and creative activity are high-impact educational practices that increase student engagement, leading to greater success for the student, enhanced professional satisfaction for the faculty member, and ultimately to higher rates of student persistence, retention, and degree completion at the institution.
Its purpose is to assist students with financial emergencies so that 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, and childcare. 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.
- NAFSA Student Abroad Database
A variety of organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad from the United States. Many provide assistance that is targeted to specific student populations (underrepresented student groups; African Americans; Asian Americans; Latino/Latina Americans; Native Americans; students with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered students).
- Diversity Abroad - Scholarship Directory
Diversity Abroad’s mission is to create equitable access to the benefits of global education by empowering educators, engaging stakeholders, and connecting diverse students to resources and opportunity.
- IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
IIE will make funds available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad.
- Sol Education Study Abroad Scholarships
The goal of our annual scholarships is to allow students who would not be able to participate in a Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion program, to do so. We want to make study abroad available to students of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
- National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE Internships)
- Sojourner House Internship Session
- GLAD Legal Advocates & Defenders
- Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
- LGBTQ Victory Institute (Paid Internship)
International, Immigrant, Undocumented, DACAmented & Refugee Students
- ACLU Immigrant's Rights Project Undergraduate Internships Opportunity
- American College of Healthcare Executive Minority Internship
- American Economic Association Summer Minority Program
- American Federation of Teachers Human Rights and Community Relations Department Internship
- Hispanic Association of Colleges National Internship Program
- Hispanic- Serving Health Professions Schools of Internship Program
- INROADS Internship
- Latino Heritage Internship
- Latino Justice Internship
- OADI Internship Database
- Smithsonian Internship Opportunities
- Summer Opportunities for Undergraduate Minority Students
- United Nations Headquarters Internship
- Women and Infants Hospital
- Rhode Island Department of Heath: Information for Pregnant Women
- Rhode Island Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Health Insurance for Families and Pregnant Women
- Children's Friend
- Healthy Families America - maternal and child home visiting program with a Family Support Worker
- Nurse Family Partnership - maternal and child home visiting with a Registered Nurse
- Hasbro Children's Hospital
- Early Intervention - Promotes the growth and development of infants and toddlers who have developmental disability or delay in one or more areas
- Rhode Island Family Guide
- Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) - assist individuals, parents, families and children to achieve their goals for health, education and socio-economic well-being
- Rhode Island Department of Education
- Rhode Island Families in Nature - free group, open to families of all ages and abilities
Get Involved for DACA and Undocumented Students
- United We Dream (UWD) Groups
- My (Un)Documented Life Blog
- We Are Here To Stay
- DoSomething.org Fake ID, Real Impact
- DoSomething.org Pride Over Prejudice
College Application & Financial Aid Resources
- College Greenlight's College Options for Undocumented Students
- Higher Dreams Private College Policies on DACA and Undocumented Students
- My Undocumented Life
- Student Resources and Empowerment Center
- College Board's FAQs on Paying for College for Undocumented Students
- Get Me to College School Financial Aid Policies towards Undocumented Students
- Higher Dreams State by State Overview of DACA Financial Aid Politics