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One Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918
Phone: (401) 865-2286
Fax: (401) 865-1186


Merit-Based Scholarships

Providence College offers various types of merit-based scholarships. With the exception of the Feinstein Scholarship, there are no separate applications required for consideration.


Liberal Arts Honors Program

Merit scholarships are awarded to those students who are invited into Providence College's highly selective Liberal Arts Honors Program upon admission into the College. Out of a typical freshman class of 1,000 students, there are approximately 125 spaces available in the program. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as students remain active members of the Liberal Arts Honors Program and maintain the required GPA.

Liberal Arts Honors Program Scholarships range from 40% of tuition up to full-tuition. It is important to note that there are only ten full-tuition scholarships awarded each year. The majority of the scholarships range from 40% - 60% of tuition.

While the review for admission is holistic and considers each student's academic record as well as their extracurricular accomplishments and personal qualities, the Liberal Arts Honors Program review is most specifically focused on a student's academic credentials.

Please note, students who excel as freshmen at Providence College may apply directly to the Director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program for entry beginning in the sophomore year. Students who are invited to join the program at that time will not be awarded one of the scholarships noted above.

Academic Scholarships

Academic-based merit scholarships up to $15,000 per year are available to students who have demonstrated superior academic performance during their entire high school career, but were not selected for inclusion in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. Students who have achieved consistent A- to A grades throughout high school in all subjects - and have taken an extremely rigorous program of study - will be considered for these awards. Please note that an A- average is not a guarantee of a scholarship, but suggests the minimum type of performance necessary to be a competitive candidate. All scholarships are renewable for four years provided students meet the GPA requirements.

Providence College Friar Scholarships

Providence College Friar Scholarships are merit awards intended to recognize high school seniors who not only have demonstrated the academic discipline necessary to succeed in the classroom, but display extraordinary commitment, leadership and responsibility in their extracurricular pursuits. While we do not have a prescription for the type of activity that warrants recognition, it is important to note that serious contributors to their pursuits are more attractive than those who have simply been members of a number of organizations. It's not the length of the list; it's the depth of involvement that matters.

Students who have academic achievements that earn them admission to Providence College and also demonstrate a true commitment to their out-of-classroom activities will be recognized with awards up to $9,000 annually. Approximately 100 scholarships will be awarded for students enrolling in our freshman class.

Roddy Scholarship

Applicants considered for this scholarship, which covers up to tuition, fees, room and board costs, must aspire to a career in the medical profession. Consideration is based on outstanding academic achievement in high school. No separate application is required to be considered for this award.

Feinstein Scholarship

Scholarships up to $5,000 are awarded to a select group of students who demonstrate a significant commitment to community service, a proven record of community involvement, and a strong high school academic record. Accepted students who have declared a major in Public and Community Service Studies are invited to apply for this award.

St. Rose of Lima Transfer Scholarship

Academic-based merit transfer scholarships of $10,000 per year are available to transfer students who have demonstrated superior academic performance in college course work completed previous to enrolling at Providence College. Students who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all courses - and have taken a rigorous full-time liberal arts program of study - will be considered for these awards. Please note that a 3.5 cumulative GPA is not a guarantee of a scholarship, but suggests the minimum type of performance necessary to be a competitive candidate. Students must complete a full year of course work before transferring to Providence College to be eligible for consideration of the St. Rose of Lima Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for each year of uninterrupted study at Providence College, but will not extend past the expected year of graduation at the time of enrollment.

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