Cianci charity gives out $48,500 in scholarships, grants

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A charity set up by the late Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see) is giving out $48,500 in scholarships to students and grants to community groups.

Cianci’s family also says they are merging two Cianci charities to form a new one. The Cianci Educational Foundation will give out scholarships and support the arts, urban development and other causes Cianci valued.

Cianci died in January at age 74.

Fourteen college-bound students will each receive $1,000 scholarships. Eight groups, including WaterFire, the Providence Preservation Society and the Anthony Quinn Foundation will receive grants.

Rick Simone, who is working with the family, says the new foundation will start July 1. He says in addition to the scholarships and grants, they plan to host quarterly “Cianci Talks” on subjects such as arts and culture.

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