Scholarships

Good Citizen Award Program

The Rhode Island Daughters are pleased to sponsor the Good Citizen Award, a National scholarship program for high school seniors. The Good Citizen Award celebrates good citizenship as demonstrated by dependability, leadership, service, and patriotism. Any accredited high school in the state of Rhode Island may nominate one student per academic year as its “Good Citizen”. The student must submit a cover sheet and application to his/her local DAR chapter to receive the award at the local level. 

To participate in the scholarship contest, nominated students must sit for a two-hour cold essay. The topic changes each year. Student essays are judged at the Chapter level. Chapter winners progress through State and additional levels of judging. Two State award recipients receive $250 each. Additional monetary awards may be presented if a student progresses through further levels of judging. Two National winners are invited to read selections from their essays at DAR Continental Congress. 

To find a local Chapter or inquire about nominating a local high school student, please submit the contact form and include “Good Citizens Inquiry” in the subject line.

More information about this annual award program can be accessed on the DAR website.

National Scholarships – General Information

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors 26 scholarships annually, open to graduating high school seniors, college and graduate students in specific areas of study.

Scholarship applications are accepted: November 1 – January 31 at 11:59 pm (EST). Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America (USA).
Applicants must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the USA.

Students may apply using the National application portal. Applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline to receive consideration. Panels of judges review every application. Scholarship finalists are contacted by the National Committee in the spring.

Scholarship Portal: The application portal opens yearly November 1 through January 31. Please visit https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships to find the link during the application season.

More information about National scholarships can be accessed at: https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-information

List of Scholarships

Merit Scholarship

• Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship: A $5,000 award to two graduating high school seniors majoring in American studies, must a have a minimum 4.0 GPA; renewable up to 4 years.

Political Science, History, Government & Economics Scholarships

• Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship: A $2,000 award to a graduating high school senior pursuing study in American history or American government; renewable up to 4 years.
• Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship: A one-time $1,000 award to two juniors or seniors majoring in political science, history, government, or economics in college.
• DAR Centennial Scholarship: A one-time $2,000 award to two students pursuing post-graduate studies in historic preservation.
• Lucinda Beneventi Findley History Scholarship: A one-time $2,000 award to two graduating high school seniors with a demonstrated interest or planning to major in history.

Medical and Nursing Scholarships

• Alice W. Rooke Scholarship: A one-time $5,000 award to one medical or osteopathic students (no pre-med or physician assistant [PA]). Students may reapply. Preference to females.
• Irene and Daisy McGregor Memorial Scholarship: A one-time $5,000 award to two medical or osteopathic student (no pre med or PA); renewable up to 4 years. Preference to females.
• Dr. Francis Anthony Beneventi Medical Scholarship: A one-time $5,000 award to one medical or osteopathic student (no pre med or PA). Students may reapply.
• Leslie Andree Hanna Medical Scholarship: A
one-time preferred amount of $5,000 award to one female medical or osteopathic student (no pre-med or PA). Students may reapply.
• Madeline Picket (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship: A one time $2,500 award to two nursing students who are DAR members or descendants.
• Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship: A one-time $2,500 award to three nursing students who have financial need.
• Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship: A one-time $2,000 award to two nursing students who have financial need.
• Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship: A one-time $2,000 award to two OT, PT, art therapy or music therapy students who have financial need.

Specific Area of Study Scholarships

• Lillian and Arthur Dunn Scholarship: A $2,000 award to daughter or son of a DAR member; renewable up to 4 years.
• Arthur Lockwood Beneventi Law Scholarship: A one-time $2,000 award for a student enrolled in law school. Student may reapply.
• Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education: A one-time award up to $1,500 to two students 25 years of age or older studying to teach (one in elementary and one in secondary education). Students may reapply.
• Mary Elizabeth Lockwood Beneventi MBA Scholarship: A one time award up to $2,000 to a full-time graduate student majoring in business administration. Student may reapply.
• Margaret Howell Hamilton Scholarship: A $1,000 award to a graduating high school senior with disabilities accepted into the Harvey and Bernice Jones Learning Center at the University of the Ozarks; renewable up to 4 years.
• Michael T. and Mary L. Cloyd Scholarship: A one-time $3,000 award to two students either a junior undergraduate or graduate level studying library science.
• Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship: A one-time award of up to $5,000 to a music student pursuing an education in voice or piano. A performance piece to be submitted with the application.
• Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture Scholarship: (California residents only): A scholarship for a graduating high school senior majoring in horticulture. Award amount is determined each year and may cover partial or up to full tuition, room and board, and expenses.
• William Robert Findley Graduate Chemistry Scholarship: A one time award to a graduate student majoring in chemistry. The amount is determined each year. Students may reapply.
• Leo W. and Alberta V. Utz Scholarship (English, Math, Science): A $4,000 award to three students (one in English, one in math, one in science); renewable up to 4 years.

Additional information is available at:

www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships
DAR Scholarships: scholarships@nsdar.org Barbara L. Grant, National Chair

Rebecca Fairbank, State Chair NSDAR Scholarships

Please contact us to connect with the current Rhode Island DAR State Chair for Scholarships.