Aquidneck Island Multicultural Scholarship (AIMS)

Salve Regina is committed to the educational advancement of multicultural students. We strive to create and foster a community that is diverse, well rounded and inspired to change the world. All students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in their high school or local community are encouraged to apply for the Aquidneck Island Multicultural Scholarship (AIMS).

For more than a decade, the AIMS has helped to expand diversity and multiculturalism on campus by making a Salve Regina education affordable and financially feasible for qualified students.

Students selected as AIMS Scholars give back to the University community through the AIMS mentorship program coordinated by the offices of Multicultural Programs and Admissions.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. Recipients will be notified of these decisions by mid-April. Please feel free to direct questions to The AIMS application will be reposted in September for students looking to apply for the Fall 2018 entry term.

I'm Interested in Applying to be an AIMS Scholar. Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the AIMS, you must:

  • Be a member of one of the four federally recognized minority groups (African American, Hispanic/Latin American, Asian American and/or Native American), or a student that demonstrates a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism within his/her high school or local community.
  • Gain admission to Salve Regina as an incoming freshman.
  • Demonstrate the academic potential for success.
  • Have a demonstrated financial need.

The selection committee evaluates candidates on four criteria - scholarship, leadership, service and character - and considers demonstrated achievement as well as evidence of future potential. Students selected as AIMS Scholars exhibit the following behaviors:


  • Desire to master subjects and seek learning experiences in and outside the classroom.
  • Are curious and have a desire to respond to an ever changing world.


  • Show concern for others by identifying needs and working to meet them.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism within their school and community.


  • Set positive examples for others and have the personal fortitude and integrity to do what is right, even when they are in the minority.
  • Demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, honesty and conscientiousness.


  • Assume formal leadership roles such as a student mentor or within a school, community or religious organization.
  • Desire to be involved in student life at Salve Regina such as within clubs and organizations as an AIMS Mentor and retreat leader.
  • Listen well and support others by setting good examples.
  • Take risks and champion new, original ideas.

How Do I Apply?

  • In addition to your undergraduate admission application to Salve Regina, complete and submit the application. The application deadline for 2017 has now passed, the AIMS application will be reposted in September for students looking to apply for the Fall 2018 term.
  • Request an endorsement letter from someone who can speak toward your eligibility for this scholarship. Letters must be received by the Office of Admissions by the deadline via email to or mail to Salve Regina University, Office of Undergraduate Admission, AIMS Scholar, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840-4192.
  • Complete and submit all financial aid forms by March 1. International/non-U.S. resident students must submit the international student financial aid application in order for their AIMS application to be complete.

The deadline to apply for the AIMS is March 1. Please be sure all materials are received by the deadline. Funds may not be available beyond this date.

Is the Scholarship Renewable?

Yes. AIMS Scholars must remain in good academic standing. Full-time matriculated students are in good academic standing when they earn semester and cumulative GPAs of at least 2.00 and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits each year.

Scholars are also required to be a part of the AIMS mentorship program. AIMS Scholars are also strongly encouraged to help the Office of Admissions in all AIMS outreach programming.

Financial Aid Application Process

The Office of Financial Aid at Salve Regina will review your financial status and, if additional need is determined, a financial aid package may be awarded to you. This financial aid package may include grants, loans and/or student employment.

Financial aid applicants should complete and submit the following forms before March 1.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • International students may be required to provide additional information. Please contact the Office of International Programs for more information at (401) 341-2372.

If you have further financial aid questions, please call the Office of Financial Aid at (401) 341-2901.