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 $33 million in college scholarships to more than 4,200 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.

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


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Maria Carvalho, Director of High School & Postsecondary Operations, was honored by the National College Access Network with the 2017 College Access Practitioner Award of Excellence.


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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.

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