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RIC, National Grid Foundation Announce New Green Scholarship

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo receives a mock scholarship check from National Grid Foundation President Bob Keller at a ceremony on Oct. 11.

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo receives a mock scholarship check from National Grid Foundation President Bob Keller at a ceremony on Oct. 11.

Rhode Island College and the National Grid Foundation have established a new scholarship program to encourage students of color to learn more about the benefits and importance of sustainable practices.

A ceremony recognizing the program was held in RIC’s Alumni Lounge on Oct. 11. At the event, a symbolic check for $10,000 – the amount of the scholarship – was presented to RIC President Nancy Carriuolo by Bob Keller, president of the National Grid Foundation.

“Rhode Island College is a natural choice to establish the GreenDependence Scholars Program,” Keller said. “RIC is not only one of the country’s finest academic institutions, it is also a leader in the campus sustainability movement and personifies the principles of GreenDependence.”

RIC is one of only five colleges selected to serve as a pilot institution for the GreenDependence program, which is designed to help a student achieve his or her career aspirations as well as take personal action in the area of sustainability on campus, at home and, eventually, in a professional career.

Carriuolo described the new program as “very exciting for Rhode Island College and its students,” and noted that promoting sustainability was one of the main themes of her presidency.


RIC Associate Vice President Jenifer Giroux discusses the new scholarship program.

Jenifer Giroux, associate vice president for professional studies and continuing education, said, “The scholarship program will provide RIC students with an opportunity to pursue green careers and reach their personal and educational goals while making a significant difference on our campus and in the community.”

The scholarship will be given to a sophomore chosen from applicants who provide an essay or short video. The recipient will receive $3,000 each year for three years plus a $1,000 grant to support a senior-year sustainability project.

Keller said the National Grid Foundation is seeking candidates who are strongly committed to improving communities and the planet overall. “We firmly believe that in order to bring about the systemic change we would like to see, it starts with educating young minds and hearts.”