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By Alex Kowalski
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – Brown University will use proceeds from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence to provide scholarships for Providence public high school graduates accepted to accredited two- or four-year institutions of higher education, the school announced Thursday.
At $2,500 per scholarship, twenty Providence high school graduates, most the first in their family to seek college enrollment, will receive the funds.
The fund, which has raised more than $1.5 million and endowed Providence public schools with nearly $300,000 in assistance grants since 2007, will accept applications and short essays from students enrolling in accredited two- or four-year institutions of higher education during the 2013-14 academic year, with preference given to first-generation college undergraduates based on academic achievement and financial need.
At least one scholarship will be awarded to each of Providence’s eight public high schools, the university said in a release, with a total of $50,000 in scholarships available to twenty student applicants, who may apply online. Scholarship winners will be determined at the end of May.
Mayor Angel Taveras, a Harvard alum native to Providence, said in prepared remarks that he understands how important financing is to a future in higher education: “[The fund] will provide meaningful and welcome financial assistance to high school graduates in our city who are eager to attend college and continue their academic careers,” he said.
Overseen by and established at the request of the university’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, the fund’s scholarship proposal was developed by Brown President Christina Paxson, Providence Schools Superintendent Susan Lusi and Taveras.
Previous grants by the fund have ranged from $1,000 to over $100,000, supporting technological upgrades, academic intervention programs and a violence prevention curriculum in Providence public schools.