Scholarship Foundation of East Providence Awards More Than $205,000 To Local Students
Thanks to the generosity of local residents and businesses, Scholarship Foundation (SF) of East Providence awarded scholarships totaling more than $205,000 to East Providence residents this year. “We are very fortunate to live in a city whose residents value higher education,” notes Joseph Durand, president. “We thank the community and Townies from across the country who continue to support our local students.” Marking 54 years of volunteer service, Scholarship Foundation of East Providence has provided more than $4 million in scholarships to more than 3,000 local students since its founding in 1968.
SF of East Providence is one of the few local organizations that offers scholarships to students from the time they graduate from high school through their senior year in college. This year, 70 graduating high school seniors from 8 public, parochial, and private schools, and 67 students enrolled in college, career or technical school, all East Providence residents, received scholarships.
Using a standardized application process, SF of East Providence evaluates candidates anonymously and administers scholarships based on merit and financial need. The all-volunteer group also sponsored events, such as the annual community-wide phone-a-thon, to raise additional funds for scholarships and to ensure that each recipient this year was awarded a minimum of $1,500.
Mr. Durand noted that eight new scholarships were awarded this year, including those in memory of
Peter Barilla, Jr., Mary Durand Irons, Red and Kay Durand, James Krause, James P. McStay, Cheryl Horton, Cheryl Travers Horton Class of 1964 and Charles F. Vermette. New book awards included the Estelle Burton Memorial, Lilian Damiani Estrella/Mandy Damiani Memorial, EPHS Class of 1978, Patricia Poirier Memorial and Kelly Villari Memorial.
President Joe Durand welcome local residents to join the volunteer organization as a member. Members assist with scholarship application review and distribution, planning annual fundraisers, and maintaining accurate records. To learn more about helping Scholarship Foundation of East Providence, visit www.sfofepri.org or write to P.O. Box 154438, East Providence, RI 02915.
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