Hope High Dollars for Scholars ®




Greater Providence Business Leaders Scholarship Program(GPBLS)


Hope High Dollars for Scholars® is a non-profit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation (501c3) that supports the pursuit of higher education for accomplished and motivated Hope High School students through scholarships and programmatic funding.  Founded in 2011 by Hope alumni, our chapter has awarded $66,000 in scholarships to 30 Hope High seniors. 

Operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, Hope High School Dollars for Scholars® ("HHDfS") is an affiliate of Scholarship America®, a nationally recognized non-profit student aid organization.  In 2014, we received Scholarship America's prestigious "National New Affiliate of the Year" award based on our programs and contributions to these deserving graduates.  

Our Mission

Hope High Dollars for Scholars® mission is to support accomplished Hope High School students' pursuit of higher education through scholarships.  Our organization seeks contributions from alumni, businesses and the community committed to investing in graduates of Hope High, a Providence, RI public high school.

The Need

Today, more than ever, many Hope High seniors face insurmountable financial challenges when considering a college education. Increasingly rising costs are closing doors for many accomplished students. Most are the first in their families to attend college.  Though we have been able to help 30 students to date, there are so many more in need of financial support.  Applications for our scholarships have increased annually; more than fifty students applied for twelve scholarships last year.  This year, we plan to increase the number of 4-year renewable scholarships, awards that guarantee financial support throughout the college years. 

Business Case

Ultimately, sustaining and growing a business depends on quality employees and a growing customer base. Through HHDfS, our community has an opportunity to strengthen our future by supporting well-educated employees and potential leaders for the next generation.  What better way to support the RI business ecosystem than to help capable, financially-challenged Hope High seniors further their education. 

We welcome your contribution to the Greater Providence Business Leaders Scholarship Program.


What you get?

We make it easy for businesses to participate and join in our effort. When a business becomes a Greater Providence Business Leaders Scholarship Program ("GPBLS") contributor, HHDfS manages all the administrative requirements!

  • Publicity and promotion of your scholarship(s)
  • Invitation to Awards Dinner and other events
  • Application processing and evaluation
  • Award selection and notification
  • Payment processing
  • Student tracking

In addition to administering the GPBLS Program scholarship at no cost to you, other benefits to the company are recognition and publicity, good will, logo visibility on website and other materials. 

We can provide these benefits to companies because we have the right talent, technology and collaborations to achieve success.

  • All-volunteer board with strong leadership and functional skills such as legal and finance.
  • Strong relationship with the Hope High Guidance Department. We work closely with these dedicated counselors to inform them of scholarship opportunities, application process and ultimate awards.
  • Great database of Hope High alumni, which grows every year!


Contribution Options:





For more information about this program and participation, please contact: 

Christina Ricci, Fundraising Chair: 617-833-1611 or cpricci1@gmail.com.