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Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship


The Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship was established in 1995 by Catherine Murray, a long-time educator and also a board member and valued volunteer at the Ocean State Center for Independent Living. It was her wish to support the philosophy and spirit of OSCIL through a scholarship that gives people with disability access to higher education.

Multiple grants of $1000+ are awarded to help students with a disability to continue their education past high school. Scholarship funds can be used for educational expenses such as tuition or the purchase of textbooks. They may also be used to obtain assistive/adaptive equipment or devices that aid the student in meeting their educational goals.

Selection Criteria:
To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • Have a significant disability
  • Be a Rhode Island resident (your home address MUST be in RI)
  • Plan to attend a college, vocational, or technical school in the upcoming academic year
  • Apply by the March 22, 2024 deadline
Preference is based on career goals, merit, and economic need.

Scholarship Application

Application consists of:

1. A downloaded, completed, and attached application.


2. An attached document that answers the following two separate essay prompts:

A) How have you dealt with or overcome your disability?

B) Describe your realistic career goals and plans – be very specific.

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Please email with questions.

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Past Scholarship Winners

A photo of Aria Mia Loberti and her guide dog Ingrid
"My personal experiences that pertained specifically to growing up with a disability were often understandably challenging. Those challenges taught me many crucial lessons—including the power of overcoming obstacles and reaching for seemingly impossible goals. That is what I hope to achieve through my work and with my life. As an advocate for the blind and, like myself, visually impaired, I aim to spread awareness of equality for disabled students."

Aria Mia Loberti

2017 Catherine T. Murray Scholarship Recipient

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