PROVIDENCE, RI – High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply
for college scholarships of up to $20,000 through the Carter Roger Williams
Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. Conceived of and funded by
philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter, the program honors the
principles of the state’s founding father.
“Roger Williams personified principles that are as current today
as they were in the earliest days of our state. Thanks to the vision of the
Carter family, a new generation of Rhode Islanders will be exposed to his
timeless legacy,” said Jessica David, executive vice president of strategy and
Rhode Island high school seniors who display an appreciation for
the values of Roger Williams are eligible for up to $80,000 over four years
based on financial need and academic good standing. Applicants must be
residents of Rhode Island, high school seniors and attend a public, parochial
or independent high school in Rhode Island.
Candidates will be evaluated based on financial need,
comprehension and application of Roger Williams’ principles and record of
academic and community achievement. More details about the scholarships are
posted on findingrogerwilliams.com.
This will be the third round of scholarships awarded through the
Carter Roger Williams Initiative. Coura Fall, who is a first-year student at
American University in Washington, D.C., is one of last year’s winners.
"This scholarship is the sole reason for my ability to
attend American. Being a first-generation college student from a low-income
family made the thought of paying for college tuition incredibly daunting,”
said the Woonsocket resident who graduated from Mt. St. Charles Academy .
“However, due the generosity of the Carter family, I didn't have
to settle for what was affordable. Instead, I could pursue my academic goals at
the institution that I felt was right for me. I am extremely grateful for this
scholarship as it opened up doors for me that I otherwise would not have access
to,” said Fall.
While these are the single largest scholarships the Foundation
awards, the Foundation is offering $2.2 million in grants for the coming
academic year. More information is posted at rifoundation.org.
The Carter Roger Williams Initiative also includes a free online
education hub offering activities and discussion starters on Roger Williams and
his teachings for elementary, middle and high school educators to use in their
Also available online is a comprehensive collection of
verifiable information about Roger Williams and his life, legacy and character.
“Our goal is to create a sense of place and awareness by giving
all Rhode Islanders access to resources that bring to life our state’s founder
and his teachings,” said David.
“This initiative is intended to encourage study and examination.
Roger Williams was a complex man, he was forward-thinking and yet very much a
man of his time. We are committed to presenting a complete, verifiable and
accurate representation of who he was and what he achieved – without bias,” she
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most
comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working
with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and
awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most
pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. Through leadership,
fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals
and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true
potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply
for scholarships of up to $80,000 over four years through the Carter Roger
Williams Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. Last year, students
of color won all seven of the scholarships.