At RIC, Hope Scholarship is bringing about change

TAKING ­ADVANTAGE: Ariel Polanco is one of 243 Rhode Island College students who have benefited from the Hope Scholarship, which helps cover the final two years of tuition for qualified RIC students, since it launched last fall.

Ariel Polanco didn’t see many opportunities beyond high school as he was growing up, but his aspirations extended far beyond the Providence neighborhoods he called home. “I just wanted to see more and do more for myself than was being offered at the time,” Polanco said. When graduation came around, Polanco opted to enlist in

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