PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, the Rhode Island Foundation is offering students and their families more than $2 million in scholarships.\nDozens of individual, family, corporate and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, fees and books.\n\u201cThis support can turn dreams into reality for our donors and the recipients,\u201d said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation\u2019s president and CEO. \u201cThe impact of their generosity will ripple through our state for decades as these students make their marks in their fields and on their communities.\u201d\nThe Foundation expects to help hundreds of students pay for college.\u00a0In addition to general scholarship assistance, some funds target specific geographic areas.\u00a0The Robert and Kathleen Crudup Family Scholarship Fund goes to\u00a0Portsmouth High School graduates.\nOther funds provide assistance based on\u00a0academic\u00a0major or family history. The Edward and Virginia Routhier Fund\u00a0targets nursing majors, the Melvin and Patty Alperin First Generation Scholarship is earmarked for high school seniors who are the first in their family to go to college and the Bannister Black Philanthropy Fund helps African American students.\n"I am deeply grateful to the Rhode Island\u00a0Foundation for their generous scholarship which has helped to defray the cost of my education at URI.\u00a0 I hope to give back to the community by working as a speech therapist for R.I.\u00a0children.\u00a0 The Rhode Island\u00a0Foundation has helped me reach my goal,\u201d said Meaghan Leary, a sophomore communicative disorders major at the University of Rhode Island, who received a scholarship from the Bristol Children\u2019s Home Fund.\nThe Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $114 million and awarded $52 million in grants to organizations addressing the state\u2019s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2018. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.\nFor more information about applying for a scholarship, visit\u00a0rifoundation.org.