Welcome to The College Crusade

 

Building a college-going culture for students from Rhode Island’s low-income urban communities

The mission of The College Crusade is to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income communities. Our organization supports approximately 4,200 students in middle school, high school, and college each year. We enroll sixth graders who attend public and public charter schools in Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. From the time they join through grade 12, Crusaders experience the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults and participate year-round in programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for college. Crusaders who attend colleges in Rhode Island also benefit from postsecondary transition and success services. In addition, since 2001, we have awarded over $33 million in college scholarships to more than 4,200 RI students.

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.

 

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The College Crusade of Rhode Island is registered with Network for Good to receive online donations securely. Click to go to our page, and follow their guidelines for donating.

 

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

 

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Our 2017 Believe Breakfast is scheduled for December 7. Join us as a sponsor and celebrate success in preparing our students for higher education & good careers.

 

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We were honored by the National College Access Network with the 2016 Khanfidence Builder Award.

 

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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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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

  • We Go to the Dolphin Program

    Ten lucky high school Crusaders got to spend five days at the Block Island Maritime Institute’s Dolphin Program in July. They learned about Block Island ecology, Great Salt Pond water ...

  • Class of 2017 Commencement Celebration Video

    https://vimeo.com/225425152 Crusaders and their families gathered on Wednesday, May 31, for our 2017 College Crusade Commencement celebration. They were treated to three great speeches! The Class of 2017 Address was given ...

  • 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. ...