Providence College School of Continuing Education Receives Gift to Support Scholarships for Military Veterans
Providence, R.I. – Jan. 9, 2017 - Providence College (PC) today announced that its School of Continuing Education (SCE) has received a gift to support a new scholarship fund designated for veterans of military service who attend SCE. Students who are honorably discharged military veterans, or dependents of such veterans, are eligible. Special emphasis will be given to those who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, or another Middle East combat zone. The scholarship would supplement any costs not covered by Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits.
The gift, in the amount of $50,000, was given by Colonel and Mrs. Noel J. Doyle Jr. Colonel Doyle ’58 credits PC as the primary reason for much of his success. Doyle served in the Army for 30 years, including two tours in Vietnam, and retired in 1989.
“SCE is overwhelmed by the generosity of Colonel and Mrs. Doyle and their support of our student veterans,” said Dr. Janet L. Castleman, dean of the Providence College School of Continuing Education. “The SCE Military Service Scholarship Fund is by far the largest donation SCE has ever received. Their gift will help veterans whose needs may exceed their VA educational benefits or whose benefits may have run out. This wonderful new scholarship will allow SCE to give back to those who have given so much to their country.”
PC has a long history of serving veterans. It is the home to the Patriot Battalion of the Army ROTC, comprised of 100 cadets from PC and six other local participating colleges and universities (Bryant University, Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island College, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and the Community College of Rhode Island). For eight consecutive years PC has been recognized by
GI Jobs magazine as a “Military Friendly” school.
Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”