Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) is  accepting applications for the 2021 Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 1995 by Catherine who was a long-time educator and also a board member and valued volunteer at the Ocean State Center for Independent Living. Her wish was to support the philosophy and spirit of OSCIL through a scholarship which would facilitate access to education for persons having disability.


Selection Criteria:


Qualified applicants for this $1000+ Scholarship must be Rhode Island residents with significant disability and seeking financial assistance to attend college or technical school. This can include enrollment in an academic, trade, or vocational program. This scholarship can be used toward the attainment of assistive/adaptive equipment or devices to access such educational opportunity as well as for other educational expenses.  Preference is based on career goals, merit and economic need.


Applications will be available on our web site at, or can be requested by sending an email to Completed applications can be faxed to 401-738-1083, emailed to  or mailed to the following address:


Murray Memorial Scholarship


1944 Warwick Avenue,

Warwick, RI 02889

Attn: C. McKenna


Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2021. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.  The Scholarship Committee will choose this year’s scholarship recipients around the end of April and applicants will be notified of their decision by email shortly thereafter. Scholarship funds are disbursed in mid-August.


For any questions concerning the application process, please contact Carol McKenna by email at