Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship

Herbert E. Kaplan Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship

A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded a Rhode Island high school senior who best exemplifies positive civic and community support through their interest in, commitment to and active involvement in volunteer and philanthropic causes.  Applicant must be a Rhode Island resident entering their senior year and be preparing to graduate in 2023 to be eligible for this scholarship.

The purpose of the scholarship is to support the higher education of the award winner.

The goal of the scholarship is to promote future leadership in voluntarism and philanthropy.

It is the hope of AFP–RI Chapter that the award winner's chosen education area will nurture a continued interest in community service through voluntarism and philanthropy.

The award is named in memory of Herb Kaplan, a Rhode Islander well noted for his service to the community.

The $2,500 scholarship is jointly funded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – RI Chapter.  The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded in November 2022, for the educational use of the award winner.  The scholarship must be used by June 30, 2024.


The Herbert E. Kaplan Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of life for others in Rhode Island through active participation in volunteer and philanthropic activities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to inspire and motivate others to serve as community volunteers and to fund raise for community needs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to voluntarism and philanthropy through personal involvement of a significant degree in a specific non-profit community organization (e.g. homeless shelters, food banks, hospitals, assisting the handicapped and others in need, and neighborhood projects).



The recipient of the scholarship will be notified by September 16, 2022.

Please contact Erica Busillo Adams at with any questions!