College Scholarships Honor Roger Williams

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that high school seniors can apply for college scholarships of up to $20,000-a-year through its Carter Roger Williams Initiative. The application deadline for members of the Class of 2021 is midnight, February 12, 2021. More details on the scholarships are posted at Finding Roger Williams.

Rhode Island high school seniors who display an appreciation for values like freedom of conscience and learning from others that Roger Williams practiced are eligible for up to $80,000 over four years based on financial need and academic good standing.

Applicants must be residents of Rhode Island, high school seniors and attend a public, parochial or independent high school in Rhode Island. The deadline for members of the Class of 2021 to apply is Feb. 12.

Conceived of and funded by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter, the program honors the principles of the state’s founding father. This is the kind of thing that can change a life.

“Roger Williams was a complicated man, but the pillars he aspired to resonate even in our modern era. Thanks to the vision and continued commitment of the Carter family, young people across Rhode Island will continue to discover his values and be able to connect with them,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. “Since the program started in 2017, 24 students have been awarded scholarships totaling $1.3 million.”

The application includes a personal essay.


(Seen here: Clio, the Muse of history, inscribing Williams’s name in the granite base of his monument in Roger Williams Park, thus entering his name into the annals of history.

I’m a big fan of Roger Williams and highly recommend “Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty” by John M. Barry and “The Wordy Shipmates” by Sarah Vowel.

1 thought on “College Scholarships Honor Roger Williams”

  1. So glad to hear about this scholarship. I’m also a fan of Williams. Your book recommendations are spot-on.

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