The largest individual gift in the Community College of Rhode Island’s 53-year history will provide students with critical funding to help them persist to graduation.
Local philanthropist Bhikhaji Maneckji’s $500,000 donation will be used to create the Last Mile scholarship, which will help remove barriers so students can graduate, enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor’s degree more quickly. More than forty students have already been awarded the scholarship and will benefit from the funds during the fall semester.
Many CCRI students do not attend school full time because they lack funds or must work to make ends meet. Last Mile scholarships will give students who are at least halfway to graduation the funding they need so they attend CCRI full time and complete their studies.
These scholarships will address costs often not covered by traditional financial aid: child care, transportation, lost wages and other basic life expenses. The scholarship application period will open in November for the 2018 spring semester. Students who enrolled in a CCRI degree or certificate program in fall 2015 or 2016 can contact CCRI’s Office of Financial Aid for more information.