Departmental Awards for Current Students

Major Specific Scholarships:

The Ben N. Carr II Endowed Scholarship:  This award, given in honor of Professor Ben Carr, a University faculty member, was established by alumni of Roger Williams University. The recipient of this award will be a junior (preferably no transfer students), Mario J. Gabelli School of Business student, and in good academic standing.

Brett Bergman ’11 Endowed Memorial Senior Merit Scholarship:  Established in 2012 in memory of Brett Bergman, this scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from the Gabelli School of Business who has exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit through participation in course work, clinics, internships, entrepreneurial ventures or other activities.  Recipient will be an active participant in University campus life with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Dr. George A. Ficorilli Professor Emeritus Endowed Scholarship:  This scholarship is awarded annually to student(s) majoring in biology; must be an upperclassman with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and above, and showing financial need.

Thomas E. Fitzgerald, Jr. Scholarship: Awarded annually to students majoring in visual studies, including sculpture and photography, who are currently enrolled full-time as freshmen, sophomores or juniors. Portfolio required.

George I. Alden Need-Based Scholarship Aid Endowment: Established by the prestigious George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Massachusetts, this scholarship is awarded to Roger Williams University students based on financial need.

Alister C. McGregor Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 2009 in loving memory of Major Alister C. McGregor ’89, a Roger Williams University alumnus who dedicated his life to protecting children and who was killed in the line of duty. This scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to children, stepchildren or spouses of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and who have been accepted and are enrolled full-time as undergraduate students at Roger Williams University. Residents of Rhode Island have priority, followed by (1) New England, (2) Reno, Nev. and (3) all other U.S. states. If no undergraduate applicant(s) meets these criteria, graduate students will be considered using the same prioritization. In the event that no student applicants meet the above qualifications, scholarship funds will be awarded – based on financial need – and made available to students accepted and enrolled full-time who are children of Rhode Island police officers. Should no applicants meet these criteria, consideration will be given to students in the School of Justice Studies with financial need and interest in pursuing careers in law enforcement.

Paul L. Arris Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in December 1990 in memory of Paul L. Arris, third-year student in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, this scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in architecture based on merit and financial need.

Sergeant Jim Cole Peace Officer Scholarship: Established to honor the memory of Sergeant James Cole '91, a police officer of the Warwick Police Department who graduated from the University College Program with a B.S. in Administration of Justice. The Sergeant Jim Cole Peace Officer Scholarship is available to a Roger Williams University student enrolled in the School of Justice Studies' criminal justice program. Preference is given to active police officers or civilian employees of the Warwick Police Department, their children, or Warwick Police Cadets. If these criteria cannot be met, the scholarship will be awarded to a Rhode Island resident (preferably from Warwick).

Construction Management Professional Advisory Board Scholarship:  Established by the Construction Management Professional Advisory Board to support students enrolled in the Construction Management program.  Awarded annually to students enrolled full time and majoring in Construction Management with a sophomore, junior, or senior class standing, good academic standing, and showing financial need.   

The Construction Management  Endowed Scholarship Fund: Established to award one or more scholarships annually to sophomore, junior, or senior students enrolled full-time in the Construction Management Program with demonstrated financial need and in good academic standing.

Dianne B. Crowell Scholarship:  Established to honor a long-time teacher of Musical Theatre at Roger Williams University.  Awarded to a student majoring in Theatre who demonstrates excellence in musical theatre performance.  The award is based upon merit, then upon financial need.

E. Diane Davis Scholarship Fund for Social and Health Services Students in Honor of Dr. Bruce Thompson: Established to honor Dr. Bruce Thompson, coordinator of the Roger Williams University Social and Health Services program, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Social and Health Services program. This award memorializes E. Diane Davis, a prominent educator, social worker, and Roger Williams University faculty member.

The Robert D. Eigen Scholarship Fund in memory of Jeanette Altman: This scholarship, established in honor of Robert D. Eigen '93 and in memory of Jeanette Altman, is awarded to students in the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences with a humanities major based on merit and demonstrated financial need.

Steven Ficorilli '87 Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 2007, by Dr. George Ficorilli, in memory of Steven Ficorilli from the class of 1987. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time University student majoring in criminal justice. Preference is given to an individual who plans to work with juveniles.

Hemond Brothers Scholarship: Established by George '72 and Albert Hemond '70, this scholarship is renewable for up to three years and is awarded to (1) students enrolled at the University majoring in engineering, engineering technology, industrial technology, construction management, or business; or (2) in the absence of students meeting the aforementioned criteria, students enrolled in other academic disciplines who are actively serving in, or have been honorably discharged from, the U.S. military. This fund was established to address the financial need of students from middle income families.

The Lt. Charles A. Henderson III USN '99 Outstanding Tutor Awards: These awards, in memory of Lt. Charles A. Henderson III USN '99, will be presented by the Center for Academic Development to a tutor in Math, Writing and Science Curriculum, who best and most consistently demonstrate superior tutoring skills and content area knowledge, commitment to the collaborative learning process, and dedication to helping and inspiring all learners to achieve success in a positive, encouraging environment.

The Lt. Charles A. Henderson III USN '99 Spirit Award: This award, in memory of Lt. Charles A. Henderson III USN '99, will be presented annually to one graduating senior who best and most consistently demonstrates the embodiment of a true scholar as exemplified by striving for excellence in academics, co-curricular involvement, character through acts, words and deeds, and an indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.

Sgt. Michael J. Jannitto Memorial Scholarship Fund: Awarded to the son or daughter of a Barrington, Bristol, or Warren police officer or to a son or daughter of a Rhode Island State Police officer. The recipient must be a full-time student at Roger Williams University, in good standing and demonstrate financial need. The award was established in 1988 in memory of Sgt. Michael J. Jannitto, a member of the Bristol Police Department.

Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. Architecture Student Scholarship Award: Established in 2008, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, fourth-year architecture major with a minimum GPA of 3.0, who exhibits a passion for learning, and ability to think in three dimension, skilled in intuitive and analytical problem-solving, compassion for the human condition, and pride in their professional achievements. 

Steven M Kellert Memorial Scholarship:  This fund has been established to honor the late Steven M Kellert's memory and to provide a significant scholarship award to one student each year in the Biology Department at the University.

David and Matilda Kessler Endowed Scholarship Fund: Established by David '54 and Matilda Kessler, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time junior majoring in engineering with emphasis in mechanical or electrical engineering. This award is based on merit, a minimum GPA of 3.5, and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a member of the student chapter of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Rebecca Anne Kelton Memorial Scholarship: Established in 2000 in memory of Rebecca Kelton, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student majoring in education. Preference is given to students in the elementary education program. A third-year education major, Rebecca was very active at Roger Williams as a resident assistant, member of the Intervaristy Christian Fellowship and DJ at the University radio station.

Paul S. Langello Scholarship: This scholarship, established in memory of Paul Langello, is available to a student who is enrolled full-time in the Gabelli School of Business and is in good academic standing. Paul Langello was a member of the Business faculty from 1969-1992. He was founder and director of the University's Small Business Institute.

Jeffrey William Manuck '04 Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship, established in memory of Jeffrey William Manuck, Class of 2004, is awarded annually to a full-time student(s) majoring in Business, who is in good academic standing and has demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students with co-curricular interests, especially in sports, music or graphics.

Darlene Lycke Memorial Scholarship Fund: Awarded annually to a University student, majoring in English, history, or philosophy or enrolled in the Education program, who has demonstrated financial need. Darlene Lycke, a humanities major, class of 1985, served as resident assistant and editor of the 1985 edition of The Talisman, the Roger Williams University yearbook.

Ethel Barrymore Colt Miglietta Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established to honor Broadway performer Ethel Barrymore by Colt Miglietta, a resident of Bristol and daughter of actress Ethel Barrymore, this scholarship is awarded annually to a University student who has demonstrated talent in theatre.

Mark Gould Memorial Scholarship and Research Fund: Each year, this fund provides Roger Williams University students with a stipend to conduct independent research in marine biology, biology, or chemistry during the summer. Applicants must be full-time marine biology, biology, or chemistry majors in good academic standing. Students must have completed at least their freshman year. The fund was established in memory of Mark Gould, long-time Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Economic and Environmental Development at Roger Williams University.

The Montrone Family Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded annually to a student(s) who is from the seacoast area of New Hampshire or Scranton, Pennsylvania, is in good academic standing and who demonstrates financial need. However, should no candidate meet the requirements, the University may make an award to the qualified candidate who most closely meets these criteria.

Judge Thomas J. Paolino Theatre/Arts Scholarship Fund: Established in 1987 in memory of Thomas J. Paolino, former chairman of the Board of Trustees, this scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing Roger Williams University student for excellence in the visual or performing arts.

Evelyn and Rita Pendergast Memorial Scholarship, given by Dr. and Mrs. Peter Mogayzel: This scholarship is awarded to a female student enrolled in the Marine Biology Program who demonstrates academic merit and financial need.

The Pompei Family Engineering Endowed Scholarship:  Established to assist financially deserving students majoring in Engineering.  The recipient must be enrolled full-time and majoring in Engineering with a sophomore, junior, or senior class standing; and in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.

Lincoln W. N. Pratt Memorial Scholarship: The Lincoln W.N. Pratt Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has a keen interest in music. The scholarship was established in memory of Lincoln W.N. Pratt, who served on the University Board of Trustees since 1989.

The Raj Saksena Memorial Scholarship:  The Scholarship has been established in honor of the late Raj Saksena, FAIA, founding dean of the School of Architecture, professor, and practicing architect, who passed away in India on October 4, 2003.  The Scholarship is awarded to an upper-class or graduate student majoring in architecture, demonstrating leadership and special interest in sustainable architecture or affordable housing.

Zachary Shapiro Study Abroad Fund: This fund, established in memory of Zachary Shapiro, Class of 2005, is awarded annually to a full-time student(s) majoring in Architecture in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP), who qualifies by virtue of academic standing to participate in the Study Abroad Program. The award recipient(s) will be selected by the Dean of SAAHP based on academic achievement and financial need.

The Sparks Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund: This scholarship was established in memory of John and Theresa Sparks and their son, Kenneth Sparks.  It is awarded annually to student(s) who major in Engineering, Education, Architecture, or Business; and must be in good academic standing, and have demostrated financial need. It may be renewable for up to three years.  

The Mary J. Staab Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established in memory of Mary J. Staab, trusted and loyal member of the Roger Williams University community and secretary for the Department of Performing Arts for eighteen years. The Mary J. Staab Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a Roger Williams University student in good academic standing, enrolled full-time and demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student pursuing a degree through the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, either majoring in or with a strong interest in the area of Theater and/or Dance.

Social and Health Services Alumni Scholarship Fund: Awarded by the Social and Health Services Advisory Board Scholarship Committee to a student currently enrolled in the Social and Health Services program who has demonstrated financial need.

Diane Drake Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in memory of Roger Williams University student Diane Drake, a criminal justice major, this annual scholarship is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated academic achievement and financial need. Priority is given to students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program.

The Gingerella Family Scholarship Fund: Awarded to a deserving full-time upper-year student. Preference is given to family members of alumni, business majors, resident assistants, and University staff.

John W. King, P.E. Electrical Industry Scholarship: Awarded to an engineering major attending full time with a junior or senior class standing based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. This scholarship was established in memory of John W. King whose career in the electrical engineering profession spanned more than a half century and encompassed all major subspecialties, including those of electrician, electrical contractor, teacher, electrical inspector and electrical engineer.

Michele Cron Yeaton '80 Memorial Scholarship: This memorial scholarship honoring an alumna, Class of 1980, will be awarded annually to an upper-year student majoring in business, in good academic standing, and demonstrating financial need. Preference is given to the son or daughter of a single parent. The scholarship was established through a gift from Tim Yeaton '80, husband of the late Michele Cron Yeaton, who earned a B.S. degree in business management at Roger Williams University.

The James Tackach English Department Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service to the University: Established in 2008 through a generous gift from Professor Mel Topf, this scholarship is awarded to a junior English Literature major who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and significant service to Roger Williams University.

The Jeremy Warnick Scholarship: Established in memory of Jeremy Warnick, a well respected and admired student at Roger Williams University who sadly passed away in his sophomore year in 2005, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student(s) who despite documented learning disabilities, has succeeded in a University setting. Students must have required formal academic interventions in primary or secondary education and be actively involved with existing academic support services for students with learning disabilities at the University. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Gabelli School of Business.

Idalia Whitcomb Scholarship Fund:  Established by the Idalia Whticomb Charitable Trust, the purpose is to provide scholarship assistance for students with demonstrated financial need in all grades who are studying pre-veterinary medicine or the fine and/or performing arts.

The Matthew Wolfe Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing: Established in 1989 in memory of Matthew Wolfe, a prolific writer, this annual scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in creative writing. Student must be a sophomore or above, must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. in Creative Writing courses taken at Roger Williams University and be able to show evidence of above-average writing ability in fiction or poetry. In the event there is no eligible student with sophomore standing or above, a second semester freshman will be considered, contingent upon final grades for the freshman year.

The Wright Family Scholarship Fund: Established in 2010 by Thomas E. Wright. This scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student, in their junior or senior, majoring in paralegal studies, criminal justice, or legal studies based upon merit, then upon financial need. Preference given to a student in Legal Studies, if one cannot be identified then the scholarship can be awarded to an undergraduate student studying abroad; or a student in the School of Continuing Studies.