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NEW: Moses Brown Students Nominated for National Scholarships

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Moses Brown School in Providence has proudly announced several of its students consideration for competitive national academic awards.

Four members of the school's class of 2014 have been selected as candidates for the Presidential Scholar Program. Six members of the class of '14 have also advanced to the finalist stage in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

This year's candidates for the Presidential Scholar Program from Moses Brown are William Atkinson of Rumford; Margot Creamer of Barrington; Daniel Brandes of Cranston, and Sydney Harrington of East Greenwich. The National Merit Scholarship Finalists from the school are Atkinson; Harrington; Gregory Fullam of Mansfield, MA; Daniel Brandes of Cranston, and Rebecca Kestin and Caroline Ohlson, both of Providence.

Both the Presidential Scholar Program and the National Merit Scholarship are prestigious commendations presented annually to high school students from across the nation. The Presidential Scholars program honors one male student and one female student from each state in the country, in addition to several at-large candidates and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars for the Arts. Eligibility for consideration is determined based on ACT and SAT standardized test scores. After meeting the minimum scores required for consideration, candidates submit essays, transcripts, and self-evaluations for judgments.

Final selections will be rendered in April. Moses Brown has had two alumni selected for the award in recent years: Dylan Need ('11) and Jessica Magro ('13).

National Merit Scholarship candidate pool is comprised of students who scored in the top 1% of all students who took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2012. 15,000 finalists are considered for 8,000 awards, including a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Finalists are judged on their test scores in addition to high school recommendations, skills and accomplishments.

Founded by its namesake in 1784, Moses Brown is a private school for students from nursery school through 12th grade. Located on the East Side of Providence, the school continues to be function within the Quaker tradition in which it was founded. For more information on Moses Brown, check out their website, here


Related Slideshow: College Guide: Best Off-Campus Study Spots in Providence

Are you having trouble finding some much needed peace and quiet on your college campus? Check out the following coffee shops and cafés, which are sure to satisfy your studying needs and taste buds.

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Blue State Coffee

College Hill/Providence

A café where you’re guaranteed to feel guilt free, even if you put off that essay until the day before it’s due. Blue State Coffee donates 2% of their sales to local non-profit organizations that are voted for by the customers. Enjoy an espresso at their location in the Brown University Bookstore or their stand-alone spot up the road on Thayer Street.

300 Thayer St, Providence


Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 AM - 9 PM, Saturday-Sunday, 8 AM - 9 PM.

Second Location: The College Hill Café, 244 Thayer St, Providence (in the Brown University Bookstore).


Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm.

Photo: Flickr/EthanK

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Coffee Exchange


If you’re passionate about supporting fair trade and organic coffee, look no further than Coffee Exchange. The Wickenden St. location makes it perfect for place for Brown students looking to get away from campus. With a variety of coffee roasts, they offer enough options for everyone. Outside seating is available for nice days and the cozy atmosphere is perfect for studying.

207 Wickenden St, Providence


Hours: Monday-Sunday 6:30 AM - 11 PM.

Photo: Flickr/Caroline Fenn

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Small Point Café

Downtown Providence

Find yourself bustling downtown and in need of a quiet oasis? Head straight for Small Point Café, which offers locally grown coffee prepared to order, no shortcuts taken. The prices are affordable and the atmosphere is filled with green-friendly materials, making this independently run spot a great place to get away. A must try for Johnson and Wales University students!

230 Westminster St, Providence


Hours: Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Tuesday-Friday 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday 8:30 AM-9:30 PM.

Photo: Flickr/Hey Paul Studios

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Brewed Awakenings

Johnston, Cranston and Wakefield

With multiple locations, Brewed Awakenings can be found wherever you’re studies may take you. The Wakefield location is close to the University of Rhode Island campus, making this a perfect place to study without interruption. They feature 14 varieties of brewed coffees and teas; signature drinks offered hot or cold, and fresh fruit smoothies. The variety of menu offerings will wake you up or cool you down.

Check website for local addresses, phone numbers, and hour. 

Photo: Flickr/Terry Johnston

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Panera Bread

Providence, Wakefield, Newport, Smithfield

A national chain that feels comfortable in every location, Panera Bread has locations close to many Rhode Island colleges, The menu features breakfast and lunch favorites including invigorating coffee drinks, soul warming daily soup options, and pastries that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Each café includes a welcoming atmosphere with fireplaces and comfortable seating that will inspire “A”-worthy work.

Check website for local addresses, phone numbers, and hours.

Photo: Flickr/dionhinchcliffe

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Beehive Café


Close Independence Park overlooking Bristol Harbor, Beehive Café offers a relaxed space with room to spare in their two story building. Breakfast and lunch are served Sunday-Wednesday, while dinner is offered Thursday-Saturday. In the meantime they offer coffee, teas and a selection of pastries, great for weary travelers from Roger Williams University. Ingredients come from local farms, so you’ll be well nourished for your assignment.

10 Franklin St, Bristol. 401-396-9994

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7 AM - 4 PM, Thursday-Saturday 7 AM - 9 PM.

Photo: Bryan_Chan

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Starbucks Coffee

Lincoln, Newport, Providence

A café that spans across the globe, Starbucks is known everywhere for their consistency and convenience. With locations close to many Rhode Island colleges, your favorite coffees, Frappuccino’s, and teas are never too far away. Every location offers free WiFi and a welcoming atmosphere that encourages customers to stay while they work.

Check website for local addresses, phone numbers, and hours.


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Empire Tea and Coffee


This Newport coffee shop is one of the largest in Rhode Island, offering over 5,000 feet of space that allows for an optimal study environment. Empire Tea and Coffee offers a variety of tea and coffees drinks that features international flavors. WiFi is available with any purchase, and the location is close to Salve Regina University.

22 Broadway, Newport


Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 AM - 10 PM.

Photo: Flickr/bibliothekarin


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