The Giving Effect

Thanks to YOU!

You are changing lives. Your generosity to the Civic Scholars Program at RWU helps develop students who believe in the positive impact of community-engaged work. Your gift empowers our Civic Scholars to partner with communities on solving problems that matter and to deliver projects and important research that improves lives. During our Day of Giving on Thursday, April 25, your gift to RWU will have double the impact, by unlocking an additional $100,000 made possible by the extraordinary generosity of the Donald C. McGraw Foundation. We couldn’t do this great work without you! In the stories below, learn more about how your generosity is helping RWU transform not just education, but also the communities we serve.

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RWU students teach elementary students how to design and build wind turbines.

We Are Civic Scholars

Thanks to your generosity, we put the power of community-engaged work into action with every one of our undergraduates. With experiential learning built into the curriculum and entire courses devoted to community projects, each student becomes a Civic Scholar. In just one example, RWU education and engineering students are teaching fourth graders about wind energy and how to design a wind turbine in the KidWind Project.

Introducing Fourth Graders to Engineering in KidWind Project

Alumnus Kerry Gilmore in his lab with partner, Peter Seeberger.

Fighting a Global Epidemic

RWU not only prepared them for successful careers in scientific research and politics, it’s also where they became best friends. Now Kerry Gilmore ’06 and Adam Maust ’05 are channeling both their education and friendship into launching a company to fight the global malaria epidemic, proving that Hawks embody the mission of Civic Scholars beyond RWU and into their professional lives.

RWU Alumni Launch a New Way to Wage the Fight Against Malaria

Real-World Learning

With your support for the new SECCM Labs, our students are gaining a cutting-edge facility for experiential learning while getting real-world lessons on the construction and engineering process as it’s being built. For two students, the educational experience went even deeper, earning them on-the-job training through a paid internship with Shawmut Design & Construction.

Internship Provides Students Work Experience on SECCM Labs Project

Teachers participate in English as a second language training.

UC Strengthens Education

Thanks to donors like you, RWU invests in ways to strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning. Initiatives like the English-as-a-Second Language Teacher Certification Program at RWU's University College demonstrate our passionate commitment to developing the skills and knowledge of the local workforce and expanding access to education.

A Summer Intensive: What Developing More ESL Teachers in R.I. Looks Like

ESL Teacher Certification Program Gets Approval to Expand Statewide

Young boy and his family celebrate becoming part of the RWU baseball team.

Hawks with Heart

Many of our students say that playing a sport at RWU doesn’t just feel like being on a team – it feels like joining a family. Your support to the Blue & Gold Fund is the lifeblood for our Hawks, who practice together, compete together, and still find time to serve the community. Last fall, the Baseball team partnered with Team IMPACT to make Zach Silva, a 12-year-old Barrington boy with mitochondrial disorder, a part of their family and ceremonially draft him onto the team.

Baseball Signs New Member to the Team

image of detail of image of Tourister Mill Building in Warren, R.I.

You're Invited! Join us on April 24th for the year's biggest celebration of RWU's community-engaged work!

On Wednesday, April 24, you are invited to learn more about the work of our Civic Scholars at the RWU Community Engagement Celebration. Please join us at Tourister Mill in Warren, RI for an amazing evening of food and drink to celebrate how RWU is transforming education and changing our communities. Dozens of projects will be on display, with students and faculty sharing the impact of their work in the communities we serve. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!

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Help Us Reach Our Goal!

In just 24 hours, you have the power to provide a transformational education. On Thursday, April 25, you can support our students’ work by making a generous donation on our Day of Giving. Throughout that day, there will be a number of ways you can support our Hawks – through the Campaign for Civic Scholars, providing every student with meaningful experiential learning opportunities; the Blue & Gold Fund, supporting the community-building efforts of our athletics teams; the SECCM Labs campaign, building an innovative hub of experiential learning; and to University College, helping us meet the higher education needs of dedicated and aspiring learners of all ages and career stages.

Please consider making an early gift that will count toward the Day of Giving.

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Thank you for supporting our students!

Your generous gifts make all the difference.

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