via Rhode Island Foundation

High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply for college scholarships of up to $20,000 a year through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative 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 was a complicated man, but the pillars he aspired to resonate even in our modern era. Thanks to the vision and continued commitment of the Carter family, young people across Rhode Island will continue to discover his values and be able to connect with them,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. “Since the program started in 2017, 24 students have been awarded scholarships totaling $1.3 million.”

Rhode Island high school seniors who display an appreciation for values like freedom of conscience and learning from others that Roger Williams practiced 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.

Roger High School graduate Ezra Monteiro is one of six students who won in 2019. The Newport resident is attending Howard University. While the Carter Roger Williams Scholarships are the largest scholarships the Foundation awards, they are among nearly $3 million in scholarships the Foundation will award this year.

The Carter Roger Williams Initiative also includes a free online education hub at findingrogerwilliams.com that offers activities and discussion starters on Roger Williams and his teachings for elementary, middle and high school educators to use in their classrooms. Also available online is a comprehensive collection of verified information about Roger Williams and his life, legacy and character.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information about applying for a Carter Roger Williams Scholarship, visit rifoundation.org.

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