Welcome to The College Crusade

 

Building a college-going culture for students from Rhode Island’s low-income 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 their early years of college, 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.

 

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

  • Summer Learning Adventures at CAAP

    Story and photographs by Patience Adegboyega Our Crusade Academic & Adventure Program, or CAAP, packs dozens of different skill-building activities together with having fun and making friends. To describe CAAP, Crusaders ...

  • Solving Puzzles + Making Mysteries

    Story and photographs by Patience Adegboyega ’16 I’m not alive, but I have five fingers...what am I? (A glove.) Which tire doesn’t turn when the car turns right? (The spare tire.) Middle school ...

  • Photography 101

    Story by Patience Adegboyega '16 Did you know you can make a camera out of cardboard and tape? For a week at the Rhode Island School of Design, high school Crusaders ...

  • Write + Revise + Write + Revise

    Dozens of middle school Crusaders packed a whole lot of work into two weeks by participating in the Rhode Island Write on Sports camp this month. Based at both ...

  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

    Story and photos by Patience Adegboyega ’16 For two weeks in July, nearly 140 high school Crusaders spent time on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus at our Crusade Summer ...

  • 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 ...