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


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

RIC’s 2017 Shinn scholars are:

  •  Art major Julio Berroa Nunez of Providence, who will travel to Florence, Italy to study at Academic Programs International Study and Internship in spring 2018.
  • Music major Carissa Casalino of North Providence, who will travel to Florence, Italy, to study at Opera at Academica di Firenze in fall 2017.
  • Psychology major Wilka Rosario of Central Falls, who will travel to Australia to study at University of Newcastle in spring 2018.
  • English major Kazandra Taysavang of Providence, who will travel to Tokyo to study at KCF International Japanese Language School in spring 2018

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 2017 scholarship recipients in Alger 110 at RIC on April 22 at 4 p.m. after a matinee performance of “Seussical’’ by the RIC Music and Theater department in Roberts Hall. Admission to the performance and reception is $35. Anyone who hasn’t purchased tickets prior to the show can buy them at the Shinn table in Roberts lobby starting at 1:15 p.m. Please call Kathy Sasso at 401-456-8134 by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 21, to request that tickets be held for you.

The Shinn 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.

In the past 28 years, the Shinn Study Abroad Fund has supported 89 RIC students in 34 countries on five continents (not Antartica) through grants that total more than $320,000.

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.