Scholarships & Grants

IYRS believes strongly in helping students afford the cost of their education and offers many scholarship and grant opportunities for students across all IYRS programs and from all educational backgrounds. Scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

During the scholarship granting process, IYRS looks for three primary attributes from an applicant: grit, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn.  

Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

IYRS Student Grants

IYRS Student Grants – Grants are need-based and range from $1,000 to $7,500.

IYRS General Scholarships - All Programs

  • van Beuren Charitable Trust Scholarship – $5,000 awarded to a student who is a Rhode Island resident.
  • IYRS Alumni Scholarship – a scholarship of 20% of tuition awarded to any alumnus who has previously completed at least one IYRS program (must submit a scholarship application).
  • Marine Trades for Women Scholarship - $5,000 awarded a female student in the Boatbuilding & Restoration or Marine Systems programs
  • Newport Fed Charitable Foundation Scholarship - $5,000 awarded to a Newport County, RI or Washington County, RI resident
  • Ocean State Charities Trust Scholarship - $5,000 awarded to a Rhode Island resident
  • Rhody Scholar – $2,000 awarded to any student who graduated from a Rhode Island high school within two years of their application to IYRS. *

* Students must be accepted to an IYRS program and meet certain criteria to be eligible for a scholarship, which may vary by school. To confirm eligibility, please email or call Student Services at (401) 848-5777 x223. 

Boatbuilding & Restoration Scholarships

  • Antique & Classic Boat Society Scholarship – $3,000 awarded to a student in the Boatbuilding & Restoration program.
  • Boatbuilding & Restoration 50/50 Scholarship – a scholarship in the amount of 50% of tuition in the Boatbuilding & Restoration program awarded to one outstanding student with financial need.
  • D’Dora Foundation Scholarship – $5,000 awarded to each of four students entering their first year in the Boatbuilding & Restoration program.
  • Hope Iselin Goddard Scholarship Fund – $1,500 & up awarded to a female student in the first & second year of the Boatbuilding & Restoration program.
  • Marine Trades for Women Scholarship - $5,000 awarded to a female student in the Boatbuilding & Restoration or Marine Systems programs

Composites Technology Scholarships

  • Composites Technology 50/50 Scholarship - a scholarship in the amount of 50% of tuition in the Composites Technology program awarded to one outstanding student with financial need.

Digital Modeling & Fabrication Scholarships

  • Digital Modeling & Fabrication 50/50 Scholarship - a scholarship in the amount of 50% of tuition in the Digital Modeling & Fabrication program awarded to one outstanding student with financial need.

Marine Systems Scholarships

  • Ernie Timpani Marine Systems Scholarship – $5,000 awarded to each of three students attending the Marine Systems Program.
  • Marine Systems 50/50 Scholarship – a scholarship in the amount of 50% of tuition in the Marine Systems program awarded to one outstanding student with financial need.
  • Marine Trades for Women Scholarship - $5,000 awarded a female student in the Boatbuilding & Restoration or Marine Systems programs

Outside Scholarships

Many organizations, foundations, businesses, and individuals offer general educational scholarships as well as scholarships specific to maritime pursuits.

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