Read to Succeed awards $267,000 in college scholarships to Providence students

Bishop McVinney School students were celebrated for earning their $1,000 college scholarship


PROVIDENCE — On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 11 students from Bishop McVinney Catholic Elementary School were celebrated for earning $1,000 college scholarships from Read to Succeed.

This was the second of three scholarship award ceremonies this past week for a total of 267 students at Highlander Charter School, Bishop McVinney Catholic Elementary School and Community Preparatory School. Read to Succeed is awarding $267,000 in scholarships to these students who have successfully completed an innovative summer reading program. Over $1.1 million in scholarships have been awarded by Read to Succeed to date.

Read to Succeed is the only Rhode Island nonprofit dedicated to reducing the summer learning loss by enrolling South Providence students into a challenging reading program that is free to students, parents and schools. Students who read six books and pass a comprehension exam receive a $1,000 college scholarship invested into their own Rhode Island CollegeBound|Saver account, the state’s 529B college saving plan. Students can participate for five summers to earn a total of $5,000 for college.

Read to Succeed was founded in 2008 by Ralph and Barbara Papitto, who have dedicated themselves to increasing literacy rates in the low-income, largely minority community of South Providence. This innovative nonprofit is funded by The Papitto Foundation along with numerous individuals and companies, as well as the TriMix Foundation, Edward J. & Virginia M. Routhier Fund, The Warren Alpert Foundation, the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, The Carter Fund and many others.

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