Call for Applications: $2,000 in IT Scholarship for RI Students

Application:  2016 TC / Lighthouse Scholarship Application & Info 


Lighthouse Computer Services scholarship available to RI students to promote technology industries, fund workforce pipeline development. Deadline: May 26, 2016.

Providence, R.I. – May 13, 2016 – Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Bioscience and IT industry association, is accepting applications for its 2016 Lighthouse Computer Services/Tech Collective Scholarship. Applications are due by Thursday, May 26, 2016. Visit for applications and full guidelines.

The Lighthouse scholarship aims to raise awareness around the IT and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) industries, particularly in Rhode Island, and to aid in funding and developing the workforce pipeline. This year marks the eighth year of awards for the Lighthouse fund. In total, they have provided over $7,000 to 6 students since 2009.

Lighthouse Computer Services / Tech Collective Scholarship Lighthouse Computer Services and Tech Collective have come together to establish the Scholarship for Computer Science. A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Rhode Island high school and/or post-secondary student who are dedicated to pursuing a career in the Information Technology field. These students will also demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership potential and an affiliation with the US Military. Due Thursday, May 26, 2016.

“To achieve RI’s full economic potential, technology needs to be a larger part of the state’s economy, and building an educated IT workforce is crucial,” said Lighthouse founder and CEO Tom Mrva. “We’re hopeful that the Lighthouse-Tech Collective Computer Sciences Scholarships will open a few doors for talented young people to enter the industry.”

 “Tech Collective continues to be proud to work with Lighthouse Computer Services to assist in the education of Rhode Island’s future IT and STEM professionals,” said JoAnn Johnson, director of youth and education programs for Tech Collective. “It’s important to recognize the sacrifices our military families have made, and this is our small way of acknowledging that by offering the annual scholarship.”

Recipients of the scholarship must be a legal Rhode Island resident and attend a Rhode Island college or university. Lighthouse Computer Services will finance the scholarship. Tech Collective will administer them. Scholarship applications must be received by May 26, 2016. Please visit scholarship applications and full guidelines.

About Lighthouse Computer Services:
Lighthouse Computer Services, one of Rhode Island’s fastest growing technology companies, is a trusted IT advisor to leading companies across the Northeast, offering assessment, design, and implementation of high-performance, cost-effective IT solutions.  Our complementary service practices include Business Analytics and Optimization, WebSphere, Enterprise Security, Enterprise Content Management Storage and Backup, Enterprise Servers and Virtualization. For more information about the company, please visit

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry collaboration, awareness and development through forums and initiatives including the Tech10 Awards, the Rhode Island Bioscience Awards, IT Managers Roundtable, Bio-Ed, and Women in Technology. STEM-based education and training programs such as GRRL Tech, the Fellowship program, and IT On Demand span across the workforce pipeline for K-16 students through incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).


1. Source:STEM Gap Widens for Minorities,” (Dec. 2012). National Journal: The Next America.

2. Source: Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation, (Aug. 2011). U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration.


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