Roger Williams University, Breakthrough Providence launch college prep academy for underserved students

BRISTOL – Roger Williams University is partnering with local nonprofit Breakthrough Providence to launch a college preparatory academy to helped underserved high school students in Providence, the university announced Monday.

The program, titled “Breakthrough Providence – College Unbound Program at Roger Williams University,” will offer Providence-based high school students college preparation, career exploration and peer mentoring, RWU said. The academy, RWU said, will open in September to students, and courses will be delivered on weekends at both the university’s Bristol and Providence campuses.

In addition to the university’s mission to developing pathways to college for underserved students, RWU President Ioannis N. Miaoulis said Monday in a statement that the university will serve as a pipeline to those interested in pursuing full-time undergraduate studies at RWU.

RWU faculty and students will collaborate with Breakthrough Providence to lead the yearlong program, RWU said. College Bound participants will receive priority consideration for RWU’s Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Program, the university said, which includes a $30,000-plus-per-year scholarship for four years.

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