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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

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Our Middle School Students Score High Honors for Participation

    Congratulations to all our middle school students who have earned high honors in College Crusade participation this year. We are proud of your dedication and applaud you for your accomplishment! ...

  • Robots in the Ring

    Congrats to the members of our robotics team, Elite Machinez, who competed in the 2017 statewide FIRST Tech Challenge on Saturday, February 4! Working hard since last fall with the ...

  • Our Funders Make Big Dreams Possible

    The College Crusade would like to thank the the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee for a grant of $75,000 in support of our college success initiatives ...

  • Students and Alumni Shine at Our 2016 Believe Breakfast - Slideshow

    [rev_slider Bfast2016] An enthusiastic audience of nearly 300 people helped us celebrate our 2016 Believe Breakfast at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Thursday November 17! We honored four distinguished supporters, shared ...

  • A Big Welcome at Our 2016 Family Open House

    A crowd of 148 new Crusade families attended our 2016 Family Open House event on October 27. The program started with greetings from Candace Harper, Family Engagement Coordinator; Laurel Shepard, ...