New scholarship opportunities for Providence Country Day students

EAST PROVIDENCE – A new scholarship program designed to reward high-achieving students at Providence Country Day School will launch in the 2019-2020 academic year.

“In addition to high academic achievement, PCD is committed to attracting and supporting students that demonstrate our core values of engaged citizenship, character, community and intellectual curiosity,” said Melanie Parsons, director of admissions and financial aid, in prepared remarks. “Through the new scholarships, we can cultivate the future student leaders of our unique school community while recognizing that families need to think about affordability in considering a school.”

The four new scholarships, known as Black and Red Scholarships, will be awarded to students with top academic achievement marks, extracurricular achievements, those who meet community service milestones, as well as those who serve in leadership roles.


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Details on the four awards are as follows:

  • 1923 Scholarship: Awarded to students applying for admission to grades six or nine who demonstrate consistent academic excellence (via grades, teacher comments and standardized test scores), strong character, commitment to extracurricular and community-based activities, and a capacity to contribute as an engaged student.
  • 1991 Scholarship: Awarded to female students, in recognition of PCD’s commitment to coeducation, who demonstrate significant leadership potential, as well as top marks in one or more of the following subjects: arts, athletics and citizenship.
  • Core Values Scholarship: Awarded to students whose application reflects excellence and commitment in one or more of PCD’s core values: commitment and participation, diversity, hard work, honesty, intellectual curiosity, respect, and team work. All applicants for the 2019-2020 academic year are automatically considered for the Core Values award.
  • Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship: Awarded to applicants who best display the qualities of a PCD student and whose artistic, musical, or theatrical talents would enrich the school community.

According to the school, a larger volume of students will be eligible for the financial aid program – scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $18,000 – under the new system.

In order to be eligible for the new scholarships, prospective students must apply for admission prior to Feb. 1. Each scholarship is renewable through graduation, provided students maintain specific academic, citizenship and participatory requirements. Students will be notified of awards in an offer of enrollment in March.

Additionally, students who qualify for Red and Black Scholarships may also qualify for need-based financial aid.

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