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Multicultural Scholarships

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Multicultural Scholarship Program provides scholars with the opportunity to find their own confidence and leadership through teambuilding, active participation in our student clubs and organizations, community service, and academic excellence. Our scholars find academic excellence through an incredible network of Deans, Faculty, and upper class mentors; additionally, our scholars are provided the tools to discover their own personal success on our campus however they define it. The cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and individual stories of each scholar adds essential depth and dimension to the rich tapestry of our entire student body.

In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Office of Institutional Diversity, Student Multicultural Activities Office, and Office of Admission, scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of multicultural programs.  These include: The New Student Transitions Program, Horizons Retreat​, Unity Week, the Difficult Dialogue Series, A Night in Friartown, Pathways to PC, ​​Explore, Step-up, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration.

Boasting an alumni family of over 300 Multicultural Scholarship Program graduates, scholars also have the opportunity to connect with the Providence College Alumni Network. Through this partnership along with the Center for Career Education and Professional Development, scholars have access to a wide range of internships and graduate opportunities throughout the nation. Scholars have interned at organizations that include Alex and Ani, Boston Celtics, Fidelity Investments, PwC, Teach for America, Women and Infants Hospital, and many others.  

Providence College offers multicultural students and others who are admitted the opportunity to pursue higher education in the form of several leadership and community involvement scholarship awards. The scholarships are awarded to students who are admitted to and attend PC, and are not transferable to other colleges or universities. 

We invite you to explore the following scholarship opportunities:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

Established in 1968, this full tuition scholarship assists undergraduate AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American) students and others who demonstrate a desire and ability to contribute to Providence College’s diversity. Selections are made by a committee and are based on financial need, academic and leadership potential, and community service. No separate application is required to be considered for this award. Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen only; transfer students are not eligible for consideration.

In the Class of 2020, approximately fifty Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships were offered to accepted students.

Cunningham Scholarship

Established in 1985, this full-tuition scholarship assists undergraduate Southeast Asian students who currently reside in the Greater Providence area and demonstrate a desire and ability to contribute to the College’s diversity. Selections are made by a committee and are awarded to students with financial need, community service, demonstrated leadership potential, and a strong high school performance. No separate application is required to be considered for this award. Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen only; transfer students are not eligible for consideration.

In the Class of 2020, three Cunningham Scholarships were offered to accepted students.

Saint Juan Macías Scholarship

The Saint Juan Macías Scholarship, originally established in 1988 under a different name, is awarded to undergraduate AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American) students and others who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and a desire and ability to contribute to Providence College’s diversity. The scholarship is granted for the full amount of tuition, room, and board. Renewal of this award is contingent upon excellent academic performance. No separate application is required to be considered for this award. The scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen only; transfer students are not eligible for consideration.

In the Class of 2020, one Saint Juan Macías Scholarship was offered.

Scholarship Notification and Renewal

Students who apply to PC during the Early Action and Regular Decision processes will be notified of any multicultural scholarship they have received during the month of March.

Students who apply to PC during the Early Decision I or Early Decision II process will be notified of any multicultural scholarship they have received with their acceptance packet.

The number of scholarships offered varies from year to year, depending on the availability of funds.

Scholarship recipients must reapply for these need-based scholarships each year by renewing the FAFSA​ (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS Profile​. Winter and summer course sessions are not eligible for funding through the scholarship programs.  

These scholarships may be renewed for three additional years beyond the year of initial enrollment and renewal eligibility is determined each semester by the Director of Multicultural Student Success. Failure to meet the minimum GPA requirement, adhere to Providence College rules and regulations, or participate in diversity initiatives may result in the forfeiture of the scholarship.