Students in BIPOC Communities Can Apply for the Transform RI Scholarship

The deadline for the scholarship, presented by the Papitto Opportunity Connection, is January 30 and the top three entries will receive a beneficial one-time award.
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By entering the Transform Rhode Island Scholarship, three high school students of local BIPOC communities have the chance to win a beneficial one-time award. Photo by Getty Images.

Young citizens of color often face barriers when it comes to obtaining a higher education, acquiring access to healthcare or safe, affordable housing. Unfortunately, a majority of these issues are linked to finances. The nonprofit private foundation Papitto Opportunity Connection (POC) aims to knock these financial challenges down with the newly launched Transform Rhode Island Scholarship.

POC’s scholarship encourages students of color to achieve their long-term goals and dreams like higher education or it can provide assistance with housing and healthcare. When applying for the scholarship, high school students should also submittheir ideas on how they would use a potential $1 million to improve the lives of local BIPOC communities in terms of  job skills training, education, business, housing or healthcare.

One winning entry will receive $25,000 (first place), followed by $15,000 (for second place) and $10,000 (for third place). The grand prize entry will see their idea become a reality with the support of the POC Foundation, which will invest $1 million in the student’s plan.

Students can present their $1 million solution by either writing an essay of no more than 1,000 words, producing a three-minute video or creating a comparable multimedia presentation. Applications will be judged in two rounds based on creativity, if the idea is feasible and impactful, and if it aligns with the foundation’s mission to empower people of color in Rhode Island by creating success for them in business, education, healthcare, housing or job skills training. Winners will be announced at an event on March 15, 2022.

Visit the website for more information on scholarship rules and requirements. 401- 270-1236,



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