Welcome to The College Crusade

 

Supporting Rhode Island’s low-income and first-generation students on their paths to college success

The mission of the College Crusade is to prepare and inspire young people in Rhode Island to become the first in their families to attend and complete college. Our organization supports approximately 4,000 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, Woonsocket, and West Warwick. From the time they join through their early years of college, 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 $43 million in college scholarships to more than 5,000 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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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 major funding since 1999 to support college-readiness programs for Crusaders, as well as scholarships for Crusaders who go on to higher education.

Recent Stories

  • Ashlie Rockwood

    Nathanael Greene Middle School Ashlie was born in Boston and graduated from Phillips Academy Andover in 2014. She then received a Bachelor of Science in public health and a minor ...

  • High School Leadership Council 2018-2019

    Members of our High School Leadership Council assist the College Crusade advisors in their schools by sharing Crusade program and event news with other Crusaders. They also meet monthly as ...

  • Quick – Talk Fast!

    The networking happened, and it was speedy! Undergrad Crusaders from Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and the Community College of Rhode Island met and mingled with over ...

  • Thinking + Writing About Media

    Thinking critically and writing clearly are essential skills for today’s students. So are listening, speaking, and collaboration. This fall, more than 100 Crusaders in our 10-week Writing Workshop got plenty ...

  • Sharing Our Biggest Thanks!

    The College Crusade is grateful to each of our public and private supporters who have made the success of our students possible. We are pleased to acknowledge the following organizations ...

  • College Advice Straight from Campus

    What do you know now that you wish you had known as a high school student? How has college challenged you to step out of your comfort zone? Sixty College ...

  • We Are an Example of Excelencia!

    The College Crusade was honored in October by Excelencia in Education with a 2018 Examples of Excelencia award. The award is presented to programs that have shown evidence-based results in ...