The Scoop on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s New RIC Scholarship

The twenty-first-century Bard has a special connection to Rhode Island College.
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Lin-Manuel and Luis Miranda. (Photo via Rhode Island College, ric.edu/mirandascholarship)

What can he say except you’re welcome?

(That one’s for the Moana fans, big and small. Lin-Manuel Miranda co-wrote the songs for the Disney movie.)

Miranda, our generation’s most famous Bard and the mastermind behind the Broadway triumph, Hamilton (coming to PPAC next summer), announced yesterday that his family will fund a scholarship program at Rhode Island College to help first-generation and underrepresented students study the performing arts. Rising RIC juniors and seniors can earn up to $10,000 over two years to cover tuition.

According to a press release sent last night by RIC’s communications department, Lin-Manuel Miranda says: “It’s challenging to find a pathway to a career in the performing arts when you don’t see yourself represented on that stage. That’s why it’s so important to create opportunities for students who are typically underrepresented in the arts. Rhode Island College is the right place to do this because of its track record of promoting top artistic talent in its music, theater and dance programs while making quality arts education attainable for students from all backgrounds.”

Turns out, Miranda has a connection to the state’s oldest public college: His dad, Luis, is friends with RIC President Frank Sanchez, who was appointed by the Council on Postsecondary Education to lead the institution in 2016.

 

According to the press release, Sanchez says: “We are beyond grateful to Lin-Manuel, his father Luis, and the entire Miranda family for their investment in the next generation of artistic talent being developed here at Rhode Island College. Recognition from an artist of his caliber reinforces Rhode Island College’s status as a first-choice institution for arts education. It is a testament to both the potential of our students and the tremendous work of our faculty, most of whom are working professionals in their fields.”

Keep an eye on these inaugural Miranda Scholarship recipients — they might just be the next Viola Davis: Claudius Cooper, senior music major, Providence; Brandon McCrory-Joseph, junior dance performance major, Bristol; Orlando Montalvo, junior music performance major, Providence; Alexander “Crespo” Rosario, junior musical theater and dance performance major, North Providence; and Andrea Vargas, senior theater major, Riverside.

For more information on the scholarship, visit ric.edu/mirandascholarship.

 

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