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Paul Sherlock Scholarship

About the Paul Sherlock Scholarship

The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, the agency that created the College Planning Center of Rhode Island, established The Paul V. Sherlock Memorial Scholarship in 2004 following the passing of Representative Sherlock. This scholarship is awarded to twenty-five Rhode Island students each year to honor Rep. Sherlock’s legacy as a champion of education. Rep. Sherlock, a dedicated 18-year board member of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, improved access to services and financial aid across Rhode Island so that more students could achieve their higher education goals.

Rep. Sherlock was a tireless advocate throughout his career for those with developmental disabilities, learning disorders, and mental illness. He was widely regarded as the father of special education programs in Rhode Island. While in elected office, Sherlock rose through the leadership ranks, serving as Chairman of the House Finance Committee, a position held until his death in 2004. Prior to his tenure in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, he worked as a Professor at Rhode Island College. The college houses the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities.


  1. You must be a Rhode Island resident. 
  2. You must submit the FAFSA for the 2014/15 academic year and provide us with the requested documentation as outlined in the application.
  3. Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be $7,500 or less.
  4. You must provide us with a copy of your college acceptance letter.

How to apply

  1. Download the application for the 2014/15 Paul V. Sherlock Scholarship: Click here. 
  2. Follow the instructions listed on the application. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the College Planning Center must receive your application by May 15, 2014.