Student Access

Making a URI education possible for deserving and talented students

Initiatives in this Pillar

Undergraduate merit- and need-based scholarships
Graduate fellowships for promising scholars and researchers
Degree completion grants to keep students on track
Finish What You Started Fund for non-traditional students

Our campaign will change students' lives

Financial aid attracts the most accomplished and deserving students, regardless of family resources. Scholarships and fellowships make students more likely to attend URI, and they underscore our mission as a state flagship university of providing access and opportunity. They can free students from debt, set them up for career success, and in some cases make the difference between dropping out and completing a degree.

  • Endowed scholarships provide permanent funding, welcoming generations of students and creating a shared bond among recipients.
  • Current-use scholarships, including the Annual Fund Scholarship, address current need to help today’s students achieve their ambitious goals.
  • Graduate fellowships strengthen our graduate programs, inviting dedicated scholars to do deep research and enrich the academic community with their ideas.

“I resolve to take full advantage of every opportunity that URI has afforded me, which would never be possible without the philanthropy that helps ensure a quality education for students.”

Gianna Zackarian ’20

Engineering

86%
of students rely on financial aid
$100M
in unmet need each year
30%
of undergrads are first-generation students

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