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Rhode Island PBS is offering a $15,000 scholarship to high school seniors considering a career in broadcasting, communications, or journalism. The deadline to apply is April 6.

 

“We are committed to the principle of lifelong learning and carry that message ‘beyond the box’ into the community,” said David W. Piccerelli, president of Rhode Island PBS.

High school seniors from the station’s broadcast area in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts who plan to attend a four-year post-secondary school are eligible to apply. The scholarships will be renewable for up to four years.


“Although the scholarship is not restricted to Rhode Island institutions, our scholarship enables a student to pay for an education at Rhode Island College or the University of Rhode Island, both of which have excellent media communications programs,” said Piccerelli. “We see this as a way of encouraging students to choose journalism and communications as a profession.”

 

Students must submit their current high school transcript, a financial aid worksheet, proof of residency, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professional attesting to the applicant’s merit towards a successful career in broadcasting, communications, or journalism.

 

This will be the first scholarship awarded. Rhode Island PBS created the scholarship fund at the Rhode Island Foundation with proceeds from the station’s participation in the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) “incentive auction,” designed to realign the use of broadcast airwaves. For Rhode Island PBS, this means moving from a UHF channel to a VHF channel, a move that provided one-time revenue for the station to invest into programming and services to the community, including this scholarship fund.

 

For more information about applying for a Rhode Island PBS scholarships, visit rifoundation.org.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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