Welcome to The College Crusade

 

Building a college-going culture for students from Rhode Island’s low-income urban communities

The mission of The College Crusade is to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income communities. Our organization supports approximately 4,200 students in middle school, high school, and college each year. We enroll sixth graders who attend public and public charter schools in Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and West Warwick. From the time they join through grade 12, Crusaders experience the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults and participate year-round in programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for college. Crusaders who attend colleges in Rhode Island also benefit from postsecondary transition and success services. In addition, since 2001, we have awarded over $43 million in college scholarships to more than 5,000 RI students.

The College Crusade is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP program, by the State of Rhode Island, and by private corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Give Online

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is registered with Network for Good to receive online donations securely. Click to go to our page, and follow their guidelines for donating.

 

Our Top Charity 120x90Rating

We have earned our fifth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest independent charity evaluator. Find our page here.

 

Inew&n the News

Our College Signing Day 2018 at the Rhode Island State House celebration was featured on the front page of the Providence Journal.

 

GearUpThank You to GEAR UP

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is deeply grateful to the U.S. Education Department’s GEAR UP program, which has provided major funding since 1999 to support college-readiness programs for Crusaders, as well as scholarships for Crusaders who go on to higher education.

Recent Stories

  • Celebrating College Signing Day 2018 at the State House

    Dozens of College Crusade graduating seniors came together at the RI State House for our 2018 College Signing Day celebration on May 3. They all announced their college decisions by ...

  • We’d Like to Say… Thanks!

    The College Crusade is very grateful for the generosity of all our funders, who make the work we do with our students possible. In particular, we’d like to thank a ...

  • How to Become What You Want to Be

    Thirty alumni professionals hosted our 6th annual College Crusade Alumni Career Fair on Saturday, April 28, and dozens of high school Crusaders came to hear their advice. In small-group conversations and ...

  • Photo Fantastic

    What do you get when you introduce 12 high school Crusaders to the art, technology, and wonder of photography? You get pinhole cameras, light drawings, and photoshop magic! During April school ...

  • Focus on Forensics

    Crime scene evidence. Fingerprints. Tire and shoe impressions. Blood typing and spatter patterns. Substance pH. Chromatography. Bone identification. Our 10-week hands-on Saturday program in Forensic Science teaches middle school students ...

  • A Book Extravaganza

    April 7 was a big book day for Crusaders at our ReadMore literacy program. To start off the morning, Senator Jack Reed paid a visit to talk with them about ...

  • Crusader News: Joanly Gomez

    Attends: Paul Cuffee Middle School, grade 8. She just won: A 2018 ARTS Scholarship Award from the Providence Performing Arts Center for her self-portrait, below at left. How she made her ...