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.
We hosted our 3rd Annual Believe Breakfast on Friday, November 13. Thanks for helping us celebrate success in preparing RI urban students for higher education & good careers.
Crusade in the News
We were honored by the National College Access Network with the 2015 College Access Organization Award of Excellence.
Our 4-Star Rating
We have earned our third consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest independent charity evaluator. Find our page here.
2012-2017 Strategic Plan
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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Thank 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.