College Planning Center of RI

Paul Sherlock Scholarship

The Sherlock Scholarship is named in honor of the late Paul V. Sherlock, a former state representative and professor of education at Rhode Island College. His legacy includes a tireless advocacy for those with developmental disabilities, learning disorders, and mental illness. He was widely regarded as the father of special education programs in Rhode Island. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be a Rhode Island resident.
  • Student must submit a copy of their entire SAR (Student Aid Report) with their application.
  • The SAR must clearly display a valid EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $12,800 or less.
  • All FAFSA issues (“C” code statuses or blank EFC) must be resolved before your application is submitted.
  • Applications that are missing the required documents will not be eligible for the scholarship. 
  • Do not submit any transcripts or documents other than SAR and proof of college acceptance/enrollment. Any additional letters or documents will be discarded. 
  • Scholarship winners must attend the scholarship awards ceremony. If the winner can not attend, then he/she must send someone to represent the winner at the ceremony. The winner will forfeit their scholarship if they do not attend or fails to have someone attend the ceremony on their behalf. 


Applications must be received by the College Planning Center by end of business on May 1, 2017.  Any application received after the deadline (via US mail or delivered in-person) will not be entered into the drawing.

How to apply

Students may apply for this opportunity through, the College Planning Center's free scholarship matching tool. 

Only the scholarship winners will be contacted.