The Arthur and Helen Herman Scholarship supports students in the Harrington School of Communication and Media who have lost a parent either before or during their time at the University of Rhode Island.
Each semester, eligible students are invited to apply for up to four scholarships that are awarded each semester.
To date, the scholarship has:
- Awarded $81,000.00
- Supported 25 students from RI, CT, NJ, MA, NY, and OH
- Brought family, friends, alumni and community members together to provide emotional and financial support to students who have lost a parent.
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- Jonathan Herman’s Philanthropy at URI
- Jonathan Herman visits scholarships recipients
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- URI student receives scholarship for students who have lost parents
The Arthur and Helen Herman Scholarship was established by 1999 Harrington School alumnus Jonathan Herman in honor of his parents who left this world far too soon. In 1981, when Jonathan was four years old, Arthur Herman passed away from lymphoma. A few years later, in 1989, Helen Herman died of a malignant melanoma when Jonathan was just 12. As heart-wrenching as these losses were, Jonathan was blessed and fortunate to be raised by a deeply loving family. Jonathan was not a top student in high school, but, as he says, “URI took a chance on me,” and he remains grateful and loyal to URI for that opportunity. At URI, Jonathan excelled academically and formed tight bonds with several faculty, two of whom he remains in contact with to this day. Even as a student, Jonathan knew he would give back to the institution that gave him so much and that molded and shaped a vision for his future self. Thus, the Arthur and Helen Herman scholarship was born to provide emotional and financial support to students who have also endured the tragic loss of a parent. Generous contributions from Jonathan Herman, his family, friends, and many others have ensured a consistent stream of scholarships that are awarded to eligible students in the Harrington School of Communication and Media.