October 13, 2015
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Sherlock scholarships

In a ceremony Tuesday evening at the State House, the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) awarded 25 $2,000 Paul V. Sherlock Memorial Scholarships. Sherlock, a former Warwick state representative, professor of education at Rhode Island College and 18-year board member of RISLA died in 2004 at the age of 73. His legacy includes a tireless advocacy for those with developmental disabilities, learning disorders and mental illness. He was widely regarded as the father of special education programs in Rhode Island. While in the House of Representatives, Sherlock rose through the leadership ranks, serving as chairman of the House Finance Committee, a position he held until his death. Rhode Island College houses the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. This is the ninth year RISLA has made the awards. Pictured with Governor Lincoln Chafee are Warwick recipients Matthew Bjorklund, a graduate of the Met School; Samantha Collins, a graduate of Toll Gate; and Victoria Anderson, a graduate of Pilgrim. (Warwick Beacon photo)

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