Scholarships and Honors Program

URI Scholarship Awards

The University of Rhode Island offers a range of merit scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic success in a challenging college preparatory curriculum.

$100M+in undergraduate aid and scholarships awarded annually.
80% of degree-seeking undergraduates receive scholarship and/or grant aid.
$1Min work study awards given to students annually.

URI Scholarship Awards

All first-year applicants for fall whose applications are complete by December 1 will be given priority consideration for the full range of URI scholarship awards, including our Presidential Scholarships and our full-ride Ryan and Verrecchia scholarships.

  • Eligibility is based on academic performance in high school, including GPA* and course selection.
  • Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.2 will be considered for merit scholarships.
  • Standardized test scores are not required and are not considered as part of the scholarship review process.
  • No separate application is required for scholarship consideration. Please note that meeting the GPA requirement for scholarships does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship.

*We recalculate GPA’s to a 4-point scale using academic courses from grades 9-11, giving extra weight to honors, AP, IB, and dual enrollment courses. 

We highly recommend that students pursue a challenging curriculum throughout high school to enhance their opportunities for merit scholarships. Letters of recommendation and involvement/leadership in school and community are also considered in the scholarship review process.


Thomas M. Ryan Scholars

Tom and Cathy Ryan with the recipients of the Ryan Scholarship.

Overview

The Thomas M. Ryan Scholars program provides a full scholarship (tuition, fees, housing, food, books, and one Global Winter Travel J-Term experience with faculty) for four years for selected students. It also offers access to the University’s Honors Program and Colloquium, Leadership Institute, special advising team, priority course registration, yearly donor retreat, and access to special University events. Candidates will be selected from their initial applications and then asked to participate in campus visits and interviews.

 


Alfred J. Verrecchia Business Scholars

Al and Gerrie Verrecchia with the recipients of the Verrecchia Scholarship.
 

Overview

The Alfred J. Verrecchia Business Scholars program provides a full scholarship (tuition, fees, housing, food, books, and one Global Winter Travel J-Term experience with faculty) for four years for selected students interested in majoring in business. It also offers access to the University’s Honors Program and Colloquium, Leadership Institute, an alumni business mentor, a personal career coach with internship mentoring and placement, yearly donor retreat and roundtable CEO meeting, priority course registration, and access to special University events. Candidates will be selected from their initial applications and then asked to participate in campus visits and interviews.


             

URI Presidential Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship
Annual award range: $2,000-$15,000
Total renewable value: $8,000-$60,000

             

URI University Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship
Annual award range: $2,000-$10,000
Total renewable value: $8,000-$40,000

URI Narragansett Undergraduate Scholarship

The URI Narragansett undergraduate scholarship provides full, in-state tuition and fees for up to four years to students of Narragansett ancestry who have been accepted to a URI undergraduate program. It also includes an additional grant of up to $5,000 based on full-time, undergraduate enrollment. See eligibility criteria for details.

Eligibility Criteria
In addition to being accepted into an undergraduate degree program*+, students must have:

  • An official FAFSA on file and all verification requirements completed (the FAFSA must be completed annually during the students URI career to maintain their scholarship).
  • A tribal enrollment identification card or an official letter from the tribal administration that confirms membership through a direct family member (parents).

Additional Information

  • This award is in place of the $1,000 per year URI Indian scholarship grant. Students can still receive grants from the Rhode Island Indian Council.
  • Funding is available for up to 4 years, with consideration for additional undergraduate degree support upon review of the student’s academic record.
  • Recipients must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress SAP) standards toward completion of degree requirements to continue to be eligible for the scholarship and supplemental support grant.

For more information visit: https://admissions.uri.edu/register/Narragansett24.

*For programs with special undergraduate program fees and charges, awards may be changed at the discretion of the University. The tuition scholarship amount is reduced by merit awards, the Hardge grant, and tuition waivers.

+ All awards will be reduced/pro-rated (including $5,000 award) if a student is enrolled part-time.

Additional Scholarship Information

  • Merit Scholarships are four-year awards*, renewable each semester as long as you maintain continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment (12 credits per semester) and a minimum GPA.
  • Applicants who complete their applications after December 1 will be considered for scholarships as availability permits.

*Students enrolled in the six-year Doctorate of Pharmacy program retain their scholarships for six years.


URI Honors Program

The URI Honors Program commissioned portraits of students and alumna artist, AGonza, presented the finished pieces. From left, Lohith Chatragadda, neuroscience and microbiology, Lincoln, RI;  Stephen Coutu, Sr., English and psychology, North Kingstown, RI; AGonza, artist; Thelma Iheanacho, pharmaceutical sciences, Lagos, Nigeria; Lina Al Taan Al Hariri, international studies and diplomacy, Syria. (Photo/Michael Salerno, 2023)

The URI Honors Program is a community of engaged learners who are passionate about contributing to positive change and sustainable solutions within our communities and the broader world.

The program will enrich your academic experience with smaller, seminar-style classes; interdisciplinary subjects; and an annual colloquium with distinguished speakers exploring current and emerging issues.

Criteria

  • Students who have a 3.8+ recalculated GPA will be invited to join the Honors Program. We do not use SAT/ACT scores in determining Honors Program eligibility. 
  • Students should answer “yes” to the question on the Common Application about their interest in the URI Honors Program if they would like to be considered for this. It is also possible to qualify for the Honors Program after enrolling at URI. 

 

Early action deadline: December 1.
Regular decision deadline: February 1.

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