The Rhode Island Foundation has announced Ava Reise of Newport as a Roger Williams Scholarship winner. Reise won a four-year, renewable scholarship through the foundation’s Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
“All of these students discovered inspiration in Roger Williams and in turn have inspiring story of their own to share,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the foundation. “It is only due to the commitment of the Carter family that we can offer students and their parents this opportunity to think big about their future.”
Reise was one of five students selected statewide based on academic achievement, financial need, appreciation for Williams’ values and a record of community service. They are all eligible to receive up to $320,000 over four years. Nearly 80 students across Rhode Island competed for the scholarship assistance.
Reise attends Rogers High and plans to attend Emmanuel College in Boston to pursue international studies. Her activities include indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, gymnastics, yearbook, theater and the National Honor Society. In addition, she works at Belle’s Café and The Reef in Newport.