(For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents)
Welcome. In an incredibly complex, global economy, a college education remains one of best pathways to a meaningful career and a meaningful life. We are grateful that you are considering Roger Williams University and we are confident that the education we provide can help you reach your educational and career goals.
A Personalized Approach
Whether this is your first time through the college process or the fifth, you may have questions and concerns that are specific to your circumstances and specific to Roger Williams. We’re here to help. We believe that investing in college is a partnership of resources from the student and the institution along with federal, state, and other private sources. Such funding comes together differently for every family.
Investing in RWU
As you (and your family) go through the enrollment process, we hope to demonstrate that an RWU education will be an affordable and a worthwhile investment for you. We see financial planning as a vital service to help you navigate the financial process ahead.
We know there will be less expensive as well as more expensive choices for your education. It is our hope that you weigh the total cost along with the differential experience and the “fit” and value that each school offers.
Investing in You
A Roger Williams University education can be more affordable than you think. We have been thoughtful and intentional about keeping our published costs low, while also increasing our investment in student financial aid. This includes awarding over $52 million in institutional grants and scholarships and by providing over 1,300 jobs on and off campus. Additionally, we provide peace of mind by guaranteeing that your awarded financial aid (merit scholarships, grants, loans, work study) will not decline during your four years of full-time enrollment. We believe in working with families to plan for and feel confident about the entire investment in a degree versus just the first year of college.
Our commitment is to work with you to develop a financial pathway to and through the university. At the end of the day we want to make sure that every family feels comfortable and confident in their higher education decision.
How and When to Apply
For Undergraduate Students
In order for us to assess your financial need in a fair and uniform manner, all applicants (freshman and transfer) must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1 each year, but no later than February 1.
The FAFSA is available through your high school guidance office, transfer office, or the University Office of Student Financial Aid. In addition, families may apply online at fafsa.ed.gov.
FAFSA (Federal and State Aid)
Roger Williams FAFSA code is: 003410
To be considered eligible for any financial aid, a student must be admitted to a degree program and be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-citizen.
Returning students must reapply for financial aid each year in order to have your current eligibility determined. All returning students must submit a FAFSA to the federal processor by February 1. You must also satisfy the academic standards of the University to continue to be eligible for financial aid.
If you have any additional questions regarding financial aid, please contact us:
Office of Student Financial Aid
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809-2921
For Graduate Students
Several of our graduate degree programs offer merit-based scholarships, assisstantships and research stipends. Students should contact specific programs to check availability.
Graduate students who are enrolled in a degree program and are taking a minimum of two courses (6 credits) and are eligible for federal financial aid–must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Those students enrolled in one course (3 credits) may qualify for private loans.
The first step in applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
New Student Awards
As part of our comprehensive financial aid packaging, Roger Williams University offers institutionally supported merit scholarships. For context, these ranged from $15,000 to approximately $21,000 for the 2021-22 academic year. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships, with no separate application required.
Roger Williams University also offer the Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Scholarship (ILA), which covers 95% of tuition for four consecutive years of undergraduate study. The ILA Scholarship recognizes a diverse group of students who have demonstrated academic achievment, leadership, and contributions to their community, are first- generation, and demonstrate significant financial need.
Merit Scholarships offered at the time of admission recognize what student have accomplished in their learning prior to enrolling at Roger Williams. As part of our overall financial aid strategy, and our commitment to value, the following policies were implemented as of fall 2019:
- Merit Scholarships (Community, Deans, Presidential awards) will renew all four years for students as long as they remain in Good Academic Standing at the University, in other words, no higher GPA requirement exists to keep their award.
- RWU students who achieve a minimum overall 3.6 GPA or higher at the end of the academic year will receive the Academic Excellence Award, providing an additional $1,000 towards the following year’s tuition. The Academic Excellence Award can be earned at the conclusion of each academic year in which a 3.6 GPA is earned.
Satisfactory Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients
Policy: Students currently receiving financial aid, who do not meet the minimum requirements as outlined under the Rate of Progress, may not be eligible to continue receiving financial aid.
SAP is run on an annual basis at the end of the spring semester once grades have been determined.
- Students that are determined of not meeting SAP will be sent a letter notifying them of the appeal process.
- The letter will give a due date and notification date to students in regards to the institution’s reconsideration of the student’s eligibility for Title IV aid.
- If student fails to make SAP, student-
- Loses eligibility for Title IV aid
- If an appeal is approved, the student is notified of the conditions that must be met to continue their financial aid eligibility after each term as outlined in the plan.
- A student that has failed to make SAP, who has appealed and has been granted an appeal, will be on Financial Aid Probation as stated on their approval letter.
- If a student does not meet the academic plan, any future aid will be canceled. The student can only regain financial aid eligibility until the student is meeting SAP.
Courses graded on a pass/fail basis will be counted in credits attempted but will not count in the cumulative grade point average.
Circumstances related to an outbreak of COVID-19, including, but not limited to, the illness of a student or family member, compliance with a quarantine period, or the general disruption resulting from such an outbreak, may form the basis of a student’s SAP appeal. Students on Probation who fail to meet the terms of that status can submit a second appeal if the reason they did not complete successfully is directly related to COVID-19.
Any student who believes that mitigating circumstances prevented him or her from achieving the minimum requirement should complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form with Elizabeth Niemeyer, Senior Retention Advisor, located in the library, room 204.
The form should be addressed to:
SAP Appeals Committee
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Federal Financial Aid Return Policy
Any student receiving federal financial aid who withdraws is required, under federal regulation, to have federal and/or state financial aid funds pro-rated.
If a student withdraws, return of financial aid will be applied in accordance with federal regulations and institutional policy.
Sources of Financial Aid Available Through the University
Roger Williams University Grants/Scholarships: The University makes available funds from its own resources to assist qualifying students. These grants/scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or merit
State Scholarship and Grant Programs: Many states have scholarship and grant programs for students attending institutions of higher education. The application process, eligibility criteria, and the number of awards differ from state to state. Specific information can be obtained from high school guidance offices and the Department of Education in the applicant’s state.
Federal Pell Grants: This program also uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine a student’s eligibility. Pell Grant eligibility is determined strictly by the students’ Expected Family Contribution (EFC.)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program: This grant program provides assistance to students with exceptional financial need. Consideration is first given to Pell Grant recipients and students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution.
Work-Study Programs: Roger Williams University participates in these federal, state, and institutionally funded programs which provide employment opportunities on and off campus. Students are employed in many areas of the University and are encouraged to work in an area that will complement their chosen majors. These programs are normally awarded on the basis of financial need.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan: This program enables students with demonstrated need to borrow federally subsidized funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Repayment and interest accrual does not begin until six months after students graduate or drop to less than half-time enrollment. To apply for this loan, complete a FAFSA form, accept your loan on the financial aid portal and complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Interview.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: This program allows students who do not qualify based on need for the subsidized loan program to apply for this federal loan. Interest is accrued while the student is in school, with repayment of interest and principal beginning six months after graduation. The application criteria for the above program also applies to this loan program.
Educational Assistance for Veterans: The Veterans Administration administers programs for veterans and service people seeking assistance for education or training. Veterans and service people who initially entered the military on or after January 1, 1977 may receive educational assistance under a contributory plan. A deferred payment plan is available for veterans enrolling full time.
CHAPTER 33 AND RWU AID POLICY (Effective 7/1/2020)
POST-9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33)
Veterans and service members who served for at least 90 days of aggregate active duty after 9/11, and are still on active duty, or if they were honorably discharged or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, may be eligible for this VA-administered program.
POST-9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33) AT RWU
The Post-9/11 GI Bill program is comprised of multiple payments. All payments and maximum amounts listed below are applicable to individuals eligible for the full benefit (100% eligibility tier). At RWU, eligible students that meet 100% eligibility tier, will receive a maximum tuition and fee reimbursement up to $25,162.14 per academic year effectively August 1, 2020. Chapter tuition and fees benefits are paid directly to Roger Williams University and applied to your student account direct-billed charges.
The Post-9/11 will also include benefits such as a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies. The VA will send any books benefit and housing allowance payments directly to you (the student) and not the university. Students should plan to use a portion of your housing allowance to pay for any relevant on-campus room and board charges.
YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM AT RWU
As RWU tuition and fees exceed the annual cap offered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may be eligible for extra payment under the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program can help you pay for higher tuition costs that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover.
RWU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and currently offers a total of 15 spots in the program at any one time; spots are not tied to an individual major, but the student must be enrolled as a full-time day student. The institution is required to approve spots to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, and when all spots are being utilized, a spot will not be available until one of the students using a spot has graduated or left the institution. For the 2020-2021 academic year, RWU provided a maximum of $5,389 per year to eligible undergraduate day students.
DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE YELLOW RIBBON?
You may qualify for this program if you meet the requirements listed below:
You must qualify for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
To qualify, at least one of these must be true. You:
- Served at least 36 months on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service), or
- Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
- Received a Fry Scholarship on or after August 1, 2018, or
- Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break) on or after September 11, 2001, and were discharged after 60 days with a service-connected disability, or
- Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a Veteran or a service member who has served for at least 36 months on active duty and qualifies at the 100% level, or
- Find out about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
- Are receiving the Fry Scholarship (beginning August 1, 2018)
In order to apply for the Yellow Ribbon program at RWU, applicants must:
- Already be officially accepted to RWU
- Submit an application to the Yellow Ribbon Program
- Submit a copy of a Certificate Eligibility showing 100% eligibility for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
RWU Yellow Ribbon Program Application
For questions on the Yellow Ribbon Program, please contact Gina Rigby at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401-254-3100).
GI BILL BENEFITS AND VA VOCATIONAL REHABILITAION AID REVISION POLICY
It is not uncommon for a student to already be receiving federal, state, or institutional aid at Roger Williams University prior to either becoming eligible for or choosing to utilize their GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. Once the eligibility for GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits has been determined, a student already in possession of a university aid letter should expect to receive a revised financial aid award. This revision will typically ensure that GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, when combined with university funding, does not exceed direct tuition and fees. Eligibility for federal and state funding, including loans, can be used to offset room, board and other educational expenses.
This revision process will ensure compliance with internal and external policies as well as federal regulations. Potential GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefit students who are already in receipt of financial aid from the university should consult with the Financial Aid office to ensure that they have an accurate understanding of how their aid could be revised once they choose to employ GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits.
Academic Scholarships, Grants, and Awards
(For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents)
At Roger Williams University, experienced financial aid counselors work with students and parents to identify appropriate options and to assist with paperwork. Due to the competitive nature of our process, students are encouraged to submit materials well in advance of posted deadlines. The sooner the materials are submitted, the better chance students have of getting the scholarships.
Students seeking scholarships are encouraged to:
- Read this material thoroughly.
- Make notes on anything they need to have clarified.
- Consult a financial aid counselor for information about the availability of scholarships and application deadlines.
- Call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (401) 254-3100 with any questions or to make an appointment.
The following scholarships are made available to Roger Williams University students who fit the qualifications. Certain scholarships may not be available every year and a student may not be awarded more than one Institutionally Supported Scholarship.
Institutionally Supported Scholarships
Roger Williams University awards merit scholarships to recognize academic achievement, leadership and civic engagement. The merit scholarships are awarded through the Office of Admission. No separate application is needed. Please note that scholarships and dollar amounts are subject to change each academic year.
First-Year and Transfer Student Scholarships:
Roger Williams Hawks Award: A $1,000 to $2,000 award given to students based on academic profile. This award is renewable for four years providing the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment.
Roger Williams Community Scholarship: A scholarship awarded to students based on academic profile. This scholarship is renewable for four years providing the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment.
Dean’s Scholarship: A scholarship awarded to students based on academic profile. This scholarship is renewable for four years providing the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment.
Presidential Scholarship: A scholarship awarded to students based on academic profile. This scholarship is renewable for four years providing the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment.
RISE Stem Scholarship: Established through a generous grant from The National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, the NSF RISE Scholars Program recognizes, supports and empowers a group of academically talented students with financial need as they prepare to enter Research and Industry in Science and Engineering (RISE). Eligible students must demonstrate academic proficiency (with a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA), a minimum score of 550 on the Math SAT, and have completed 4 years of high school math and 3 years of high school lab-science. Eligible students must also be pursuing an eligible STEM major and exhibit Pell eligibility or significant financial need.
RWU International Merit Scholarships: Roger Williams University strives to recognize students with superior academic achievement through the awarding of merit scholarships. International students qualify for the same scholarship levels and ranges as described above (Community, Dean’s, or Presidential). All international students will be considered for merit-based scholarships through their admission application. No separate application is necessary. This scholarship is renewable for four years providing the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment.
RWU Transfer Merit Scholarship: A scholarship awarded to transfer students based on academic profile, including college GPA. This scholarship is renewable for each year, up to four years, in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree providing the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment. Students must enroll as full-time, day students at RWU to be eligible.
Associate’s Degree Transfer Scholarships: Scholarships awarded to students transferring in with an Associate’s Degree from an accredited institution qualify for these merit awards that begin at $20,000 per year.
Phi Beta Kappa Transfer Scholarship: Phi Beta Kappa members will authomatically receive an extra $1,000 scholarship per year on top of our generous merit- based awards and scholarships.
Harold Payson Memorial Scholarship: A four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually on the basis of academic promise to a candidate who has resided in Bristol for at least two years, has graduated from high school and plans on attending Roger Williams University. This scholarship is awarded in honor of Harold Payson, a Bristol native, who served the University as a faculty member, ombudsman and academic dean from 1968-74. (For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only.)
Roger Williams University Memorial Fire and Police Department Grant: A four-year, full-tuition grant awarded annually to a candidate who has resided in Bristol for at least 2 years, 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 whose parent or grandparent serves or has served in the Bristol police or fire departments. (For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only.)
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 combined SAT score of at least 1000 (CR + M). 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. (For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only.)
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 maintain satisfactory academic progress and full time enrollment and commit five hours of community service to the Portsmouth School District (RI). (For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only.)
Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Scholarship (ILA): The Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Program & Scholarship rewards students who show academic proficiency, show significant financial need, demonstrate leadership in their high school or local community or show leadership potential, and are wither a first generation college student; speak a first language other than English or live in a home where English is not their primary language; live or attend high school in an under-resourced community; or live in a geographically underrepresented community. This scholarship covers 95% of tuition, and requires students to live on campus their first two years.
Elsch Josiah Maisoh Fund: This fund provides financial assistance to a full-time, undergraduate student enrolled in the construction management major, who is underrepresented by race or ethnicity, and has financial need. The award is renewable for up to three additional years of full-time, undergraduate enrollment in good academic standing, and is awarded every four years. All accepted students will be considered through their admission application. No separate application is necessary.
Anthony Montalbano Scholarship: This scholarship provides financial assistance to a full-time, undergraduate student enrolled in the legal studies major. The award is renewable for up to three additional years of full-time, undergraduate enrollment in good academic standing, and is awarded every four years. All accepted students will be considered through their admission application. No separate application is necessary.
Jerrold L. Lavine Scholarship: This scholarship provides financial assistance to first generation students who are residents of Rhode Island. The award is renewable for up to three additional years of full-time, undergraduate enrollment in good academic standing, and is awarded each academic year. All accepted students will be considered through their admission application. No separate application is necessary.
Shawmut Scholars Fund (3 New Students entering Fall 2021): This fund provides financial assistance to Three (3) full-time, undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management, who are underrepresented, and have financial need. The award is renewable for up to three additional years of full-time, undergraduate enrollment in good academic standing, and is awarded every four years. All accepted students will be considered through their admission application. No separate application is necessary. Award is $15,000 Scholarship annually, along with a $2,500 Stipend for internships in related programs.
RWU Travel Grant: To support our out-of-region enrolled students, this $1,500 grant is awarded to all qualified students in addition to merit scholarships awarded at the time of admissions (with the expectation of full-tuition scholarship recipients). Students meeting the geographic criteria will automatically qualify for this award. *Effective for students enrolling beginning fall 2020
(For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents)
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 this scholarship fund. Consideration is given to an upper-class student showing financial need.
The Deputy Superintendent Charles J. Cullen Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in memory of Charles J. Cullen ‘83, a University College graduate with a B.S. in Administration of Justice. Preference will be given to a student who is majoring in criminal justice, is in good academic standing and who demonstrates financial need. The student must be a current student working for the MA Dept. of Corrections or the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer. However, should no candidate meet the requirements, the University may make an award to the qualified candidate who most closely meets these criteria as long as the student is employed by these two departments.
Thomas E. Fitzgerald, Jr. Annual Scholarship Award: 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.
Grimshaw-Gudewicz Scholarship: Established by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation, this annual scholarship award is available to students from New Bedford, Massachusetts with good academic standing and demonstrated financial need.
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.
Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. Architecture Student Scholarship Award: Awarded annually to a full-time, fourth-year architecture major with a minimum GPA of 3.0, who exhibits a passion for learning, an ability to think in three dimensions and skill in intuitive and analytical problem-solving.
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.
William T. Morris Foundation Scholarship: Established by the William T. Morris Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to students in good academic standing and who demonstrate financial need.
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.
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.
Tremco Graduate Prize: Awarded to a Masters in Architecture candidate who is in good academic standing, and has distinguished him or herself through a demonstrated devotion to technical excellence, innovation, practical efficiency and sustainability.
University College Scholarship Fund: This annual merit- and need-based scholarship was established by the University College Advisory Board and is given at the discretion of the Advisory Board each spring to University College students in good academic standing. One of the scholarships is named in honor of Aram Garabedian and is given to a student from a public service profession; one is named in honor of Mary Dionisopoulos; and one is named in honor of Lloyd E. Bliss.
(For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents)
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.
Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships (New/Returning Students): 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 is a financial aid program of The Feinstein Foundation 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 at any time that Alan Shawn Feinstein generously donates to the University. The scholarship will only be made available to students who have been actively involved as a Feinstein Junior Scholar. 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.
Alumni Association Scholarship: 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.
API NH/Delta Scholarship: This scholarship is for a full time student majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a sophomore, junior, or senior class standing, demonstrated financial need, and in good academic standing. The student must have an interest in entering into the heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning business upon graduation.
Paul L. Arris Memorial Scholarship: Established in December 1990 in memory of Paul L. Arris, a 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.
Bailey Endowed Scholarship: Awarded annually to a full-time student majoring in Business, Sociology, Music, Accounting, Psychology or Law. The student must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated financial aid. The student must also have experiences that reflect commitment to, and understanding of African-American culture and history.
L.G. Balfour Scholarship for Underserved and Underrepresented 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.
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.
Orlando J. Bisbano Meritorious Scholarship: 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.
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 the 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 or 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.
The 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 maintain(s) high academic standards-2.5 GPA or higher.
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.
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, in good academic standing with financial need.
The Ceasar Brito Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship has been established in honor of Ceasar Brito, well-known businessman, philanthropist and civic leader, who passed away October 24, 1998. The scholarship will be 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. The award was established through a substantial gift to the University from the Brito family and through contributions made to the fund by friends, associates and people in the Bristol, RI community.
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.
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).
Stamford High School Scholarship (New Students): 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.)
The 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 student(s) enrolled full time and majoring in Construction Management with a sophomore, junior or senior class standing, good academic standing, and in 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 E. 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 is in memory of E. Diane Davis, a prominent educator, social worker and Roger Williams University faculty member.
Diane Drake Memorial Scholarship: 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. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program.
The Robert D. Eigen Scholarship 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.
Faculty/Staff Emergency Scholarship: Established for returning students with demonstrated financial need.
The 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.
Steven Ficorilli Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time University student majoring in criminal justice. Preference is given to an individual who plans to work with juveniles.
Mario Geremia Scholarship: 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.
The Gingerella Family Scholarship: Awarded to a deserving full-time, upper-year student. Preference is given to family members of alumni, business majors, resident assistants, and University staff.
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.
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Underserved Undergraduate Students: This scholarship is awarded to underserved undergraduate students at the University.
Hemond Brothers Scholarship: Established by George ‘72 and Albert Hemond ‘70 to provide funds for students enrolled at the University and majoring in the: engineering, engineering technology, construction management, business or architecture fields of study. Candidates must be a: US citizen, high school graduate with a “C or B” average (or numerical equivalent), and not qualified for need-based financial assistance or academic scholarships. Preference is given to first year students majoring in engineering and RI residents.
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 Core 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 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: 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.
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 University as a resident assistant, member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and DJ at the University radio station.
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.
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.
Paul S. Langello Scholarship: This scholarship, established in memory of Paul Langello, is available to a student who is enrolled full-time in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business and is in good academic standing. Paul Langello was a member of the Business faculty from 1969-92. He was founder and director of the University’s Small Business Institute.
Darlene Lycke Memorial Scholarship: 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.
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.
Alister C. McGregor Scholarship Fund: 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, Nevada 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.
Ethel Barrymore Colt Miglietta Memorial Scholarship: 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.
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.
Harold Payson Endowed Scholarship: The Fund has been established in 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 the 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.
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’s Board of Trustees since 1989.
Jonathan Redler Memorial Scholarship: Established by the Hannon family in memory of Jonathan Redler, a former student at Roger Williams University. This Scholarship is to be awarded to a student with financial need.
The Raj Saksena Memorial Scholarship: 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.
The Sparks Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund: Established with a generous gift from the Sparks and Fernandes families, this Fund is in memory of John and Theresa Sparks and their son, Kenneth Sparks. A scholarship will be awarded annually to student(s) enrolled full-time and majoring in Engineering, Education, Architecture, or Business; and have demonstrated financial need; and are in good academic standing.
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.
Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Scholarship Fund: The purpose of this fund is to provide, in perpetuity, funds to award one or more scholarships annually to recipients who demonstrate financial need; with the perception that the student “will make a difference” and has a passion for learning; and is in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students must be residents of Southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
“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.
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 Mario J. Gabelli School of Business.
Dr. Harold Way Memorial Scholarship: 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 junior.
Idalia Whitcomb Scholarship: 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 and/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 GPA 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: This scholarship, awarded to a University junior or senior majoring in paralegal studies or criminal justice, is based first upon merit, then upon financial need.
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.
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 the SAAHP based on academic achievement and financial need.