Feinstein, RWU increase aid to Feinstein Junior Scholars

Roger Williams University announced Wednesday an increase in Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships available to prospective freshmen for the 2018-19 academic year. / COURTESY OF ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY announced Wednesday an increase in Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships available to prospective freshmen for the 2018-19 academic year. / COURTESY OF ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

BRISTOL – Twenty-one Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships are available to prospective Roger Williams University freshman for the 2018-2019 academic year, almost twice the 12 scholarships “offered” for the 2017-2018 year, RWU announced Wednesday.

These four-year scholarships are funded through a portion of the $500,000 gift made by the program’s namesake and local philanthropist, Alan Shawn Feinstein, in 2016. While the school would not disclose the dollar amount these 21 scholarships represent, a spokeswoman said the 2016 gift will fund the program for 10 years.

RWU President Donald J. Farish said in prepared remarks he was “grateful” to Feinstein for “creating greater access to a Roger Williams degree, particularly for students who share our commitment to community service.”

A joint financial aid program managed by the Feinstein Foundation and RWU, the program is designed to help students who pledge to do “good deeds” in elementary and middle school known as Feinstein Junior Scholars.

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Since its launch in 2004, 28 students have been supported through the scholarship program, 17 of whom are currently attending RWU. In fact, six member of the RWU Class of 2022 are Feinstein Junior Scholars.

“We want to inspire these students to pursue a college degree, and we are here to put it within their financial reach,” said Feinstein in an accompanying statement.

The deadline for Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year is Feb. 15 and, while students pursuing any major may apply, RWU especially encourages prospective teachers to do so.

In his remarks, Feinstein went on to say, “it is particularly gratifying when our Feinstein Scholars are able to return to their communities with the mission of teaching and otherwise reaching out to help others.”

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.