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Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship

The Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship supports the philosophy and spirit of OSCIL by facilitating access to education for persons having disability.


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.

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, technical school, or a trade/vocational program in the upcoming academic year

Preference is based on career goals, merit, and economic need.

We are now accepting applications!

How to Apply

Complete the Application

Fill out the application using one of the links below, or request an application by emailing [email protected]:

Submit the Application

Submit by Fax
Fax the completed application to 401-738-1083
Submit by Email
Email the completed application to [email protected]
Submit by Mail

Mail the completed application to:

Catherine Murray Memorial Scholarship


1944 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889

Attn: C. McKenna

Applications must be received by March 24, 2023.

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.