About Our Honorees


We are grateful to the following individuals for their leadership in supporting our mission.

Dr. Americo W. Petrocelli Distinguished Service Award

The Dr. Americo W. Petrocelli Distinguished Service Award is given annually to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the field of college access and success. It is named in honor of Dr. Petrocelli, who founded The College Crusade in 1989 and served as RI Commissioner of Higher Education from 1989 to 1995.

2016     Dr. Warren Simmons
2015     James L. Carr
2014     George Graboys
2013     Dr. Irving Schneider
2012     Mary Sylvia Harrison
2011     The Hon. O. Rogeriee Thompson
2010     Senator Jack Reed

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of The College Crusade who has had exemplary college and early career success and who demonstrates a commitment to community.

2016     Gloria Benson ’03, Lydel Hall ’03, and Dereck Mendoza ’05
2015     Chanravy Proeung ‘04
2014     Robert W. Britto-Oliveira ’01
2013     Apryl Silva ’05

Recent Stories

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  • We Are an Example of Excelencia!

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  • Block Island Science Adventures

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