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The Imperial Court of Rhode Island at Providence

Memorial Scholarship Application

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in The Imperial Court of Rhode Island Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund, created by Emperor XVIII Big Daddy Austen Daniels and Empress XVIII Jacqueline DiMera, is an opportunity to give back to the Rhode Island & Southeastern Massachusetts’ LGBTQ community and promote higher education. The Imperial Court of Rhode Island at Providence, currently in its 31st year of existence, is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and is a chapter of the International Court System.


The International Court System, founded in 1965, is an international, non-profit organization with over 75 chapters spanning the countries of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The mission of the International Court System is to perform noble deeds and services to each of the communities in its chapter cities. Each chapter is an autonomous organization bound together in shared structure, policies and goals.


The International Court System has played a significant role in many local LGBTQ communities, spearheading AIDS fundraising and services, human rights advocacy, and for many, the link to the LGBTQ community. We promote cooperation and communication among member courts, create awareness and visibility, and stake our place in LGBTQ history.

Qualifications and Obligations

• This scholarship is open to any individual that has either graduated or is about to graduate (high school or equivalent) who is interested in pursuing a level of higher education and identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or who has a parent or guardian who identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

• In the event that the LGBTQIA+ connection pertains to a parent and/or guardian, the parent/guardian will also be required to sign a media release for publicity purposes acknowledging that their names and/ or images may be used in media or printed materials.

• The recipient(s) is requested to attend the annual Imperial Court of Rhode Island Coronation Ball on Saturday, April 20th, 2024 at the Providence Graduate Hotel (formerly The Providence Biltmore) or another official Imperial Court of Rhode Island Coronation Weekend event for the award presentation.

*The recipient will receive 2 complementary tickets to the Coronation Ball. If there is more than one recipient, each will receive 1 complementary ticket.

• Each applicant will need to provide proof of residency within the state of Rhode Island or the following counties in Massachusetts: Worcester, Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth.

• Each applicant will be required to include a copy of their high school transcript and/or GED certificate with the application.

• Prior to the disbursement of award monies, the recipient will need to provide written proof, in the form of an acceptance letter from the post-secondary institution, to the Imperial Court of Rhode Island.

• Funds from the scholarship will be used as payment toward the recipient’s tuition or other educational costs at a post-secondary accredited institution. Monies will be submitted directly to the institution as identified by applicant.

Basic Information

Legal Guardian (if applicant is under 18)


Post-Secondary Education Information


Please write a single-page, 12-point-font, single-spaced essay outlining your educational plans, involvement with the LGBTQIA+ community, how it has influenced your life, and how you would give back to the community and upload it below.

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      I have read and agree to the terms set forth in this scholarship application. I also consent that in the event that I am selected as the recipient of this scholarship, I authorize the Imperial Court of Rhode Island at Providence to use my name and image strictly for publicity purposes as deemed appropriate. In closing, all information mentioned in this application is filled out to the truest and best of my abilities. Any purposely misleading or false information will result in dismissal and forfeiture of any and all prize monies. In the event that misrepresentation is discovered after the scholarship monies have been awarded, the winning applicant will be responsible for repaying any and all monies awarded. Failure to pay back monies will result in contact with local authorities.

Thank you for applying!

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