Lewis Scholarship

The Rhode Island SPCA Lewis Scholarship recognizes the efforts of graduating seniors who have made significant contributions toward the betterment of life for animals. Through its Humane Education program, law enforcement powers, and daily operations, the Rhode Island SPCA strives to promote the humane treatment of all animals. The goal of the Lewis Scholarship is to reward the efforts of young adults who show compassion and selflessness toward animals, despite personal hardship.

Lewis the pit bull was abandoned at the Rhode Island SPCA as a puppy. Because of his breed, start in life, and other variables beyond his control, Lewis was passed over by many families who were looking for a “better” dog to adopt. Lewis was eventually given a second chance and adopted into a loving home by someone who looked beyond his exterior and saw a wonderful soul. In honor of Lewis, the Rhode Island SPCA would like to help someone in a parallel situation achieve a second chance through higher education.

The Rhode Island SPCA will award scholarships to graduating seniors. This scholarship is intended to recognize young adults who have faced difficulties in life, yet have gone on to promote humane treatment of animals or the betterment of animal life. This scholarship is renewable for a second year, if the student is able to demonstrate continued promotion of humane treatment of animals or the betterment of animal life. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the colleges.

Criteria for Selection

  • Must be a graduating senior who is a Rhode Island resident and currently enrolled in a Rhode Island high school.
  • Must have applied to at least one four-year, accredited college or university.
  • Must have maintained an overall B average or better.
  • Must demonstrate significant contribution to animal welfare, humane education, etc.
  • Must demonstrate overcoming difficulty, hardship, discrimination, etc.

To Apply:

Complete and submit the Lewis Scholarship Application along with your high school transcripts and two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a teacher; recommendations cannot be written by family members).

Local Children Help Animals in Need!


The after school program at the Barrington Public Library, with children ranging from 1st to 5th grade, came up with the idea to help local animals in need and chose us to be the recipients! They decorated donation boxes and fliers and collected donations at Petvalu BarringtonShaw’s Supermarket, and the Barrington Public Library during the month of February!

Jessica Harris, a Barrington resident and Lisa Lesinski, the children’s Librarian, organized the project along with Brenna Morton who manages After School Program.

On behalf of everyone here at the Rhode Island SPCA (two and four-footed), we thank you for your kindness and much appreciated generosity! #donatelove

Brightening Our Walls with Artwork!

We have some lovely artwork to brighten our shelter thanks to the kids at The Center for Dynamic Learning Afternoon Program at the Asa Messer Elementary School in Providence!

Since 1872, the Rhode Island SPCA has been one of the pioneers in Humane Education. If you would like to learn about our programs that we offer, contact our Humane Education Department at (401) 438-8150 x4 or email amy@rispca.com.