Rhode Island College, Office of College Communications and Marketing, News Release


CONTACT: Gita Brown, 401-456-8465, gbrown@ric.edu
                      Laura Hart, 401-456-8977, lhart@ric.edu


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Five Rhode Island College students have been awarded Ridgway F. Shinn Jr. Study Abroad Fund scholarships for planned study outside the United States.

RIC’s 2014 Shinn scholars are:

• Theatre performance major Nora Garron of Plainville, Mass., who will travel to London to study at the University of Roehampton in spring 2015;

• History and secondary education major Emma LaFleur of Portsmouth, R.I., who will travel to Wales to study at Swansea University in fall 2014;

• Sociology and justice studies major Ingrid Lopez of Providence, who will travel to London to study at Kingston University in spring 2015;

• English major Jade Lopez, also of Providence, who will travel to London to study at Kingston University in spring 2015;

• History and political science major Zakary Pereira of North Kingstown, who will travel to Budapest to study at Corvinus University in spring 2015.

Any RIC undergraduate student in good academic standing is eligible to apply for a Shinn scholarship to finance their study abroad. The minimum overseas stay is three months and the maximum stay 24 months.

A reception will be held for the 2014 scholarship recipients in Alger Hall 110 at Rhode Island College, following the April 26th matinee performance of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at 2 p.m. at RIC’s auditorium in Roberts Hall. Partial proceeds from the matinee performance as well as the proceed from other fundraising events at RIC will be allocated to the Shinn fund.

This fund was established during the 1987-88 school year by the late Emeritus Professor of History Ridgway Shinn Jr. through the generous support of many of his friends, colleagues and former students. During his tenure at RIC, Shinn was the first chair of the Department of History, the first dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and vice president for Academic Affairs. He passed away in 2006.

In the past 25 years, the Shinn Study Abroad Fund has supported 77 RIC students in 28 different countries on six continents through grants that total more than a quarter of a million dollars.

For more information on the Ridgway F. Shinn Jr. Study Abroad Fund, visit https://www.ric.edu/studyabroad/shinn.php.

Rhode Island College, established in Providence in 1854, serves approximately 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Social Work, the School of Management and the School of Nursing. For more information, visit www.ric.edu.

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