Welcome to The College Crusade

 

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

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is an innovative nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to reduce high school dropout rates and increase educational and career success for students. Each year we serve approximately 3,900 Crusaders from Rhode Island’s most economically disadvantaged families in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and Cranston. We combine the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults with a rich array of programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for postsecondary education. Students who are members of The College Crusade go on to college at higher rates than other students in the state’s urban school districts. Since 2001, we have awarded over $33 million in college scholarships to more than 4,200 high school graduates.

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.

 

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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.

 

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Our 2016 Believe Breakfast was a blast! Thanks for helping us celebrate success in preparing our students for higher education & good careers.

 

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We were honored by the National College Access Network with the 2016 Khanfidence Builder Award.

 

Our 120x904-Star Rating

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

 

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The College Crusade’s Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 is designed to help us achieve our mission. It builds upon our historic strengths in keeping students on the path to college and issues a further set of challenges. We invite you to explore our goals, strategies, and objectives.

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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 $42 million since 1999 to support college-readiness programs for Crusaders, as well as scholarships for Crusaders who go on to higher education.

Recent Stories

  • We Thank You for Your Support

    The College Crusade is truly grateful to The Rhode Island Foundation for a $150,000 grant to support our operational needs, which is critical to maintaining the quality and scope of ...

  • Our New High School Participation Champs

    Participation is such an important element of success! Congrats to all these high school students, who had the highest levels of College Crusade participation in their schools in fall 2016. ...

  • Our Middle School Students Score High Honors for Participation

    Congratulations to all our middle school students who have earned high honors in College Crusade participation this year. We are proud of your dedication and applaud you for your accomplishment! ...

  • Robots in the Ring

    Congrats to the members of our robotics team, Elite Machinez, who competed in the 2017 statewide FIRST Tech Challenge on Saturday, February 4! Working hard since last fall with the ...

  • Our Funders Make Big Dreams Possible

    The College Crusade would like to thank the the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee for a grant of $75,000 in support of our college success initiatives ...

  • Students and Alumni Shine at Our 2016 Believe Breakfast - Slideshow

    [rev_slider Bfast2016] An enthusiastic audience of nearly 300 people helped us celebrate our 2016 Believe Breakfast at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Thursday November 17! We honored four distinguished supporters, shared ...

  • A Big Welcome at Our 2016 Family Open House

    A crowd of 148 new Crusade families attended our 2016 Family Open House event on October 27. The program started with greetings from Candace Harper, Family Engagement Coordinator; Laurel Shepard, ...