RDW Group Communications Scholarship for People of Color

The Rhode Island Foundation is now accepting applications for the RDW Group Communications Scholarship for People of Color.

Education: The most positive change there is.

We’re all about creating positive change… for our clients, and for students who want to work in the challenging and rewarding field of communications. So don’t miss this chance to win a scholarship (to help reduce the cost of your education) and an internship with us (to help increase the value of your education).

RDW Group

Our work includes all manner of online, print, broadcast, outdoor, and public relations projects for clients in categories such as healthcare, higher education, financial services, energy, consumer, and business to business.


Application is open to all Rhode Island students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color and currently study at the graduate or undergraduate level (or a high school senior planning to study) any of the following:

  • advertising
  • analytics
  • business communication
  • communications
  • content marketing
  • data analytics
  • digital communication
  • digital marketing
  • marketing
  • marketing analytics
  • marketing automation
  • marketing strategy
  • media
  • public relations
  • SEM
  • SEO
  • or social media.


Complete and submit the application, including the accompanying questionnaire.

Complete and submit the Rhode Island Foundation’s financial information worksheet.

Submit an official copy of your high school academic transcript (college transcript for graduate students).

Submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) that summarizes the information you shared on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Write and submit two essays:
1. What impact would you like to have on the communications field?

2. Tell us about your involvement in extracurricular activities, any volunteer work, or if you had a part-time job during the school year.

Application deadline 5:00 p.m. (eastern standard time) on May 16, 2022.

Scholarship Award

Up to $2,500. This amount may be split among multiple individuals.

Can be used for:

  • tuition
  • room and board
  • books
  • meal plans
  • or other higher education expenses.

The scholarship also includes an opportunity to intern at RDW Group.

Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to re-apply.

To Apply

Now accepting applications. Deadline, May 16, 2022.

Questions? Contact Kelly J. Riley, Donor Services Administrator at the Rhode Island Foundation, at KRiley@rifoundation.org