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Who We Are

 

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is the state’s most comprehensive college-readiness and scholarship program for middle school and high school students in low-income urban school districts.

We reach out early to motivated students and encourage their commitment to learning. No other organization in Rhode Island provides as much long-term guidance and support for students from these communities.

The College Crusade was inspired by the idea that the consistent involvement of caring adults helps young people overcome economic and educational disadvantages. We believe in the students we serve. Our dedicated staff nurtures their personal and academic growth, and our specially designed programs give them the tools they need to succeed in school and to stay accountable to their college goals. We reward the effort and achievement of financially eligible students with up to four years of college scholarships.

The College Crusade’s sustained social and academic investment in the lives of young people increases the vitality of our state and creates a lasting legacy for the future.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the College Crusade of Rhode Island is to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income communities.

 

Our Vision

All Rhode Island students engage in a rigorous educational experience, graduate high school, and complete a post-secondary school program. Rhode Island youth will be prepared to take on meaningful roles in their families, flourish in the workplace, and actively contribute to their community.

 

Our Strategy

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.

Recent Stories

  • Congrats to Our 2017 Valedictorians!

    Linmary DaRosa ’17 Valedictorian at Central Falls High School (At left with her advisor Marlene Martinez and Neliza Centeio) College Crusade advisor Marlene Martinez says: Three adjectives that best describe Linmary are determined, goal-oriented, ...

  • Celebrating Our 2017 Salutatorians!

    Michael Kodua ’17 Salutatorian at Shea High School (Above with Shea music teacher Anne Lagace) College Crusade advisor Michael Neal says: If I were to describe Michael in 3 words, I would say he ...

  • We Thank You for Your Support

    The College Crusade is truly grateful to The Rhode Island Foundation for a $150,000 grant to support our operational needs, which is critical to maintaining the quality and scope of ...

  • Inclined Planes! Kinetic Energy! Physics!

    Dozens of middle school Crusaders and their families participated in our special Family STEM Nights in May. Using simple materials like pegboard, pipe cleaners, plastic cups, tape, and marbles, they ...

  • Alums to Crusaders: You Can Do It

    The big takeaway for over a hundred high school Crusaders who attended our fifth-annual Crusade Alumni Career Fair on Saturday, May 6 – Even if it’s hard, don’t give up. ...

  • Taking a Journey with Photography

    Fifteen lucky high school Crusaders got to fine-tune their photography skills over April vacation week with RISD’s Project Open Door. In a workshop called Photographic Imaging: An Artistic and Scientific ...

  • Our New High School Participation Champs

    Participation is such an important element of success! Congrats to all these high school students, who had the highest levels of College Crusade participation in their schools in fall 2016. ...