Endowed Scholarships and Awards
RWU offers several scholarships that require applications and specific qualifications.
- For Bristol, RI Residents
- For Mount Hope High School Students
- For Portsmouth High School Students
- For Stamford High School Students
- For Diverse Populations
- For Specific Majors
- For Providence, RI
- For Transfer Scholarships
- For International Scholarships
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Harold Payson Memorial Scholarship: A four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to a candidate who has graduated from an accredited American high school; who is an American Citizen or permanent resident without previous college experience; who has filed a formal application for admission and financial aid; and who qualifies for admission to the University. This scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement and community service and is given in honor of Harold Payson, a native Bristolian, who served the University as a faculty member, ombudsman and academic dean from 1968 until 1974.
Application deadline: February 1
Harold Payson Endowed Scholarship: The fund has been established in the memory of Harold Payson to provide financial support for full-time undergraduate students of the University who have been residents of Bristol, RI for at least two (2) years at time of application. Must be a high school graduate intending full-time undergraduate enrollment at the University; and will be based on academic promise and financial need.
Bristol Rotary Scholarship: Awarded to a Bristol, RI resident who is currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior at the University, this endowed scholarship will be given to those who are in financial need.
Bristol Memorial Grant (Fireman – Bristol Residents only):
A four-year, full tuition scholarship awarded annually to a candidate who has resided in Bristol for at least two years and has graduated from an accredited American high school; who is an American citizen or permanent resident without previous college experience; who has filed a formal application for admission and financial aid; who qualifies for admission to the University; whose parent or grandparent serves or has served in the Town fire department; and who maintains a full-time student status at the University and satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the University Catalog. In a year where there is no qualified candidate as determined by the Award Committee, there shall be no award of the scholarship for such year.
Application deadline: February 1
Bristol Memorial Grant (Policeman – Bristol Residents only):
A four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to a candidate who has resided in Bristol for at least two years and has graduated from an accredited American high school; who is an American citizen or permanent resident without previous college experience; who has filed a formal application for admission and financial aid; who qualifies for admission to the University; whose parent or grandparent serves or has served in the Town police department; and who maintains a full-time student status at the University and satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the University Catalog. In a year where there is no qualified candidate, as determined by the Award Committee, there shall be no award of the scholarship for such year.
Application deadline: February 1
The Ceasar Brito Memorial Scholarship (Bristol Residents only)
This scholarship has been established in 1998 in honor of Ceasar Brito, well-known businessman, philanthropist, and civic leader. The Scholarship is available annually to an entering freshman majoring in engineering. The recipient must be a Bristol, RI resident at the time of acceptance to the University, must have demonstrated academic achievement and be in financial need. In the event there are no applicants who have declared engineering as a major field of study, residents majoring in other disciplines will be given consideration.
Application deadline: February 1
Orlando J. Bisbano Meritorious Scholarship Fund: Awarded to a Bristol, RI resident currently enrolled as a second or third year student who aspires to do public service. This scholarship is based first upon merit and then upon financial need. This award is in memory of Orlando J. Bisbano, former Bristol, RI town clerk.
Michael Andrade Memorial Scholarship: A four-year, full tuition and fees scholarship awarded annually to a graduate of Mount Hope High School who maintains a B average and has a total SAT score of at least 1080 on the redesigned SAT (or a combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of a least 1000 on the old SAT.) Or, accordingly has at least a 21 composite score on the ACT. Preference will be given to undergraduate students who have an intended major of construction management, engineering or architecture. This scholarship is awarded in honor of Michael Andrade, a native Bristolian and graduate of Mount Hope High School, who was killed in Iraq while on National Guard duty. Application deadline: February 1
Portsmouth High School (RI) Scholarship: A four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to a graduate of Portsmouth High School (RI) who maintains a 3.0 GPA and has a combined SAT score of at least 1100 (CR + M). The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic and extracurricular achievements. To renew the scholarship for four years, the candidate must maintain a minimum Roger Williams University GPA of a 3.0 and commit five hours of community service to the Portsmouth School District (RI). (For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents Only).
Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships
Since 2006, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships Fund has supported rising young scholars with scholarships to attend Roger Williams University. The Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships are a joint financial aid program of The Feinstein Foundation and RWU in order to recognize students who have been actively involved in a Feinstein Good Deeds / Junior Scholar or Youth Hunger Brigade Program. This scholarship will be awarded to a student entering his/her freshman year and will be in place for the four years while the student is enrolled full-time at the University. The scholarship will only be made available to students who have been actively involved as a Feinstein Junior Scholar. In recognition of his/her involvement and doing “good deeds,” RWU will match funds from The Feinstein Foundation through our merit and need-based awards to create an annual scholarship award for Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholars. All applicants must provide a copy of their Feinstein Junior Scholar card along with his/her application. Also of importance is that there are limited scholarships available, therefore, the sooner applications are received in the Financial Aid Office, the greater your opportunity of being selected.
Application deadline: February 15
Click here for the Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships application
Stamford High School Scholarship: A four-year, $15,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate of Stamford High School who maintains a 3.2 GPA and has a total SAT score of at least 1170 on the redesigned SAT (or a combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of at least 1100 on the old SAT.) Or, accordingly has a least a 24 composite score on the ACT. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic and extracurricular achievements. Those students who pursue a study abroad semester will be awarded a U.S. Passport and an additional $1000 for the abroad semester. The scholarship is renewable for four years. Students must maintain a minimum Roger Williams University GPA of 3.0 and commit five hours of community service to the Stamford School District. (For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only.)
Application deadline: February 1
Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Program & Scholarship(ILAPS):
The Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Program at Roger Williams University celebrates and recognizes a diverse group of students annually who have demonstrated academic achievement, the aptitude for leadership in creating an inclusive community and perseverance despite a significant obstacle or challenge in their life. A meritorious scholarship award is coupled with a co-curricular program which seeks to further the holistic & leadership growth of recipients throughout their undergraduate careers at Roger Williams University.
Roger Williams University is happy to award these full tuition scholarships for four consecutive years of undergraduate study. Scholarships may not be used for part-time, summer or winter session enrollment and may not be applied toward graduate coursework. The award may not be combined with any other RWU merit scholarship or waiver. Some students may be eligible for additional need-based funds through the generosity of our donors. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA while continuing the co-curricular involvements demonstrated through the application process and must live in University housing during the first two years of their studies.
Eligible students must demonstrate leadership, academic achievement (with a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA), perseverance in overcoming or addressing a significant life challenge, and Pell eligibility or significant financial need. Eligible students must also reflect one of the following: be a first generation college student; speak a first language which is other than English or live in a home where English is not the primary language; attend an under-performing high school; live in an under-resourced community; or live in a geographically under-represented community.
Click here for the ILAPS application.
William T. Morris Foundation Scholarship: Established in 2001 by the William T. Morris Foundation, in honor of William T. Morris a businessman and philanthropist. This scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving students, based upon financial need, who maintain good academic standing.
Alumni Association Scholarship Fund: This scholarship, based on high academic standing, contributions to the University community, and financial need, provides assistance to full-time students entering their junior or senior years.
Andrade Family Endowed Scholarship Fund: Established in 2012, this scholarship will be awarded to a first generation college attendee with demonstrated financial need, in good academic standing with demonstrated academic achievement from Bristol County, MA, Newport or Bristol Counties, RI or from the City of East Providence, RI. Preference will be given to students who have an expressed interest in the Portuguese language and/or an expressed interest in Portuguese or Brazilian culture, history or heritage.
L.G. Balfour Scholarship for Underserved and Under-represented Students: Established through a generous grant from the L.G. Balfour Foundation, this fund provides scholarship assistance to qualified minority students based upon financial need and academic merit.
Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Inc., Scholarship: Barnes and Noble, one of the leading booksellers in the United States and operator of the Roger Williams University bookstore, contributes annually to the scholarship fund. Consideration is given to an upper-class student showing financial need.
Richard L. Bready Minority Scholarship: Established by Richard L. Bready, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a deserving, under-represented student(s) who consistently maintains(s) high academic standards of 2.5 GPA or higher.
Coca-Cola Scholars: Established in 2009 by the Coca-Cola Foundation. This scholarship provides financial assistance to underrepresented students, based upon financial need, who maintain good academic standing.
Faculty/Staff Emergency Scholarship: Established for returning students with demonstrated financial need.
Mario Geremia Scholarship Fund: Awarded annually to an upper-year University student who is in need of financial assistance to complete his or her undergraduate education. The recipient must be a resident of Rhode Island in good academic standing.
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund for Underserved Students: Established through a generous gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to underserved full-time undergraduate students at the University.
Patrolman Gregory W. Bolden Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 2007 in loving memory of Patrolman Gregory Bolden by the Bolden family, with the voluntary support of the Providence Police Department and the active participation of the Providence School Department and Roger Williams University. Patrolman Bolden received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from RWU School of Justice Studies. This scholarship's objective is to award academic scholarships to qualified under-represented students desiring to attend Roger Williams University's School of Justice Studies, in preparation for a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. Applicants must be residents of the City of Providence, graduating students in the Providence public school system, with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). Student applicants must be accepted for enrollment (or already enrolled) at Roger Williams University, with a declared major in the School of Justice Studies or a related course of study, must maintain a 2.75 GPA, have a history of voluntary community service, and demonstrated financial need.
Jonathan Redler Memorial Scholarship: This fund was established by the Hannon family, in memory of Jonathan Redler, a student at Roger Williams University. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student with financial need. This award became available in the spring of 2013.
Robert F. Stoico Scholarship Fund: Established in 2017 by Robert F. Stoico, RWU Board of Trustee, and the Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation. This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student who "will make a difference" and has a passion for learning, has a minimum GPA of 3.0, is a resident of Southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island, and has demonstrated need.
Student Senate Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time student entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year, this scholarship is based on distinguished academic performance, contribution to the University, and financial need.
Dr. Harold Way Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in memory of Dr. Harold Way, former University faculty member from 1969-74, this scholarship, based upon academic standing and the student's contribution to the University, is awarded to a deserving junior.
"Walk of Fame" Alumni Association Scholarship: This scholarship was established by University constituents who purchased bricks in the Roger Williams University "Walk of Fame." Awarded annually, this scholarship is based on high academic standing, contributions to the University community and financial need. Students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years are eligible and preference will be given to legacies.
Transfer Scholarships range from $7,000-10,000. Applicants with cumulative GPAs starting at 2.75 will be considered for a scholarship. Scholarships are granted for three consecutive years and students must maintain a minimum GPA relative to their award to retain scholarship eligibility. Students must enroll as full-time, day students at RWU to be eligible.
RWU International Merit Scholarship: Roger Williams University strives to recognize students with superior academic achievement through the awarding of merit scholarships. The RWU International Scholarship is a limited, merit-based scholarship for international students. RWU International scholarships range from $10,000 to $18,000 for qualified applicants. All international students will be considered for merit-based scholarships through their admissions application. No separate application is necessary.