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.


blue pin - small2015 Believe Breakfast

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.


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


Strategic Plan p12012-2017 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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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

  • Noteworthy News from High School Crusaders

    Good news from Times 2 Academy: Above, Crusade Advisor Dwayne Clement and Times 2 Academy executive director Dr. Rudolph A. Moseley pose with Crusaders who received second quarter High Honors. They ...

  • Cox Charities Supports STEM Learning

    We are excited to share news that The College Crusade received a $15,000 grant from Cox Charities in support of our STEM programs for middle school students. Thanks to this ...

  • STEAMM = Science + Tech + Engineering + Art + Math + Manufacturing

    An excited group of high school Crusaders spent the entire week of spring break immersed in Mechatronics, a STEAMM program designed by the Center for Dynamic Learning in Providence. Lead ...

  • STEM Exploratory Days

    Nearly 200 middle school Crusaders attended our STEM Exploratory Days during spring break this year. They did a lot of exploring! Crusaders had a great workshop in stop-motion animation, which ...

  • STEM Is All in the Family

    Family STEM Nights are happening! Middle school Crusaders who are participating in afterschool STEM workshops are getting a chance to show their families what they’ve been doing. Above, Alicia Martinez ...

  • Karen Warfield Visits Our 2016 Alumni Career Fair

    We were excited to welcome Karen Warfield, Community Affairs Manager for Textron, as a guest to our 4th annual Crusade Alumni Career Fair on Saturday, April 16. Thirty-two College Crusade ...

  • Advice to Crusaders: Anything Is Possible

    Work hard, explore your talents, stay determined. Crusaders who attended Saturday Cru Club on April 16 heard a lot of helpful advice like this at our 4th annual Crusade Alumni ...

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