Welcome to The College Crusade


Building a college-going culture for Rhode Island’s urban students

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 low-income urban youth. 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 much 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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Our 2016 Believe Breakfast is coming up on November 17! Help us celebrate success in preparing RI urban students for higher education & good careers.


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We were honored by the National College Access Network with the 2015 College Access Organization Award of Excellence.


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

  • Crusaders Meet the New RI Secretary of State

    Many thanks to Nellie Gorbea, RI Secretary of State, for visiting Saturday Cru Club on March 7. Secretary Gorbea spoke to a big group of Crusaders about her educational and ...

  • Crusade Alums Visit Saturday Cru Club

    Three members of the College Crusade Alumni Association visited Saturday Cru Club this week! Above, Bruno Lopes ’05 met with a group of middle school students to describe his career ...

  • Work Hard. Be Nice. Don’t Give Up.

    Twenty-four Crusade alumni came to Saturday Cru Club on April 12 to host the 2014 College Crusade Alumni Career Fair for 120 high school and middle school Crusaders. The day ...

  • Poets @ Cru Club

    Poetry is real. Poetry matters. Poetry can change hearts and minds. The Brother’s Keeper Poetry Ensemble visited Saturday Cru Club on February 15 and treated Crusaders to a spoken word ...

  • Mayor Fung Visits Saturday Cru Club

    Mayor Allan Fung of Cranston came to Saturday Cru Club at the Community College of Rhode Island on November 9. He talked with Crusaders about how important education was for ...

  • It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

    June 8 was Aviation Day at Saturday Cru Club! A special team of experts from Textron swooped in to speak to Crusaders about careers in flight and aviation technology. They ...

  • Alumni Career Fair Rocks!

    Twenty Crusade alumni came to Saturday Cru Club on April 13 to participate in the first ever Crusade Alumni Career Fair. They talked with Crusaders about their careers and educational ...

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