URI Launches Indigenous Student Scholarship Program – Boston News, Weather, Sports

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has established a scholarship program that will help 15 citizens of the Narragansett Indian tribe pay for their education this year, the university announced Monday.

The Narragansett Undergraduate Scholarship stems from a 2017 proposal that the university’s American Indian/Native American Advisory Council presented to then-President David Dooley to seek tuition waivers for undergraduate students.

The council said that URI is a land scholarship institution in the Narragansett Nation’s traditional homelands and waiving tuition fees for tribal members would be an important step in creating opportunities for Indigenous students.

“Recognizing and respecting the indigenous people of the land on which the university is located is an important part of our mission and values, and I am pleased that we can honor and support members of the Narragansett Nation in this way,” said the current URI President Marc Parlange said in a statement.

The university awarded this year’s honorees $175,000 in government tuition and fees. Another 15 to 20 students should benefit from this in the next academic year.

“The Narragansett Tribal Scholarship gave me a sense of recognition and recognition not just for me but for all Narragansett students, our history and our future presence on campus,” said Laurel Spears, senior animal science major.

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