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Multicultural Scholarships

Multicultural Scholarship Program scholars are a group of persistent, motivated, dynamic, and diverse college students with exceptional potential for leadership in service of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Providence College and in their future careers. Since 1968, the program has successfully graduated well over 600 students. Alumni have entered careers in medicine, business, law, education, and religious life. Students who are selected are invited to participate in this tradition at Providence College. Preference is given to students with significant financial need who live in the United States. The program is comprised of three premier scholarships:

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. In the Class of 2023, fifty Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships were offered to admitted students.

Cunningham Scholarship

Established in 1985, this full-tuition scholarship assists undergraduate Southeast Asian students who currently reside in the Greater Providence area. In the Class of 2023, four Cunningham Scholarships were offered to admitted students.

Saint Juan Macías Scholarship

Established in 1988, the Saint Juan Macías Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) students. The scholarship is granted for the full amount of tuition, room, and board. In the Class of 2023, one Saint Juan Macias was offered to admitted students.

*Multicultural Scholarship recipients may also qualify for merit scholarships. However, the scholarships will not stack. Merit scholarship recipients will receive a partial multicultural scholarship.

What do Multicultural Scholars Receive?

  • Participation in the Transitions Program: A pre-orientation program for multicultural and first-generation college students.
  • Academic Advising and Mentoring from the Assistant Dean/Director of Multicultural Student Success
  • Semester cohort Meetings
  • Designated programs, services, and activities as part of the Multicultural Scholarship Program Four-Year Development Plan
  • Four-year, full or partial tuition scholarship. *Room and board is included for Macias Scholars only

Selection Process

Multicultural Scholars are students who demonstrate a significant financial need and excellent leadership potential in service of diversity, equity and inclusion at Providence College and in their future careers. Recognizing leadership takes on many forms, the selection committee is interested in students who are involved in a variety of activities, service, and employment experience. The program is intended for first-year students who reside in the United States.

Competitive candidates will demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Significant past involvement in extracurricular activities, such as the clubs, community service, and paid or unpaid work
  • Persistence and motivation to achieve goals
  • Ability and desire to contribute to Providence College diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Exemplary personal qualities
  • Significant financial need

Essay Prompt

Please share your story and how it will fit into the legacy of the Multicultural Scholarship Program. How might your experiences, strengths, and leadership potential enrich the PC Community?

To be considered for the Multicultural Scholarship Program…

  • Apply for admission by January 15. We use the Common Application exclusively, and there is no fee to apply.
  • Submit the Multicultural Scholarship Program application through the Admission Status Portal. Access is provided to the portal several days after you submit your Common Application. The deadline to apply for the Multicultural Scholarship Program is February 15th.
  • Complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the appropriate financial aid deadlines.

The selection committee will notify admitted students about their status in mid-March. Approximately 50 scholarships will be awarded to admitted students.