2008-04-17 / News

Foundation offers grants for those whose parents are not college grads

High school seniors whose parents did not graduate from college may be eligible for a scholarship from the Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

The Alperin Scholarship was established in 1998 by the foundation's then-outgoing board chairman Melvin Alperin and his wife Patty. In his honor, the foundation matched their gift. Today, the Fund is valued at more than $288,000.

Last year, twelve students received scholarships totaling $13,600 from the fund, including four firsttime winners and eight students who qualified for renewals of their scholarships.

Candidates for the "first generation" scholarships must demonstrate academic excellence, good character, financial need, and be Rhode Island high school seniors planning to attend an accredited nonprofit two- or four-year college. Neither parent may be a college graduate. Scholarships may be renewable for up to four years if the recipient maintains a good academic record. The application deadline is May 8.

For detailed information and an application, visit the Receive/Scholarships section of the Rhode Island Foundation web site www.rifoundation.org, or contact Libby Monahan, funds administrator, at 274-4564 or libbym@rifoundation.org. A full list of the nearly 150 scholarships offered through the Foundation is available on the website.

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