The Transcending Through Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to provide resources and support for incarcerated individuals in Rhode Island state prisons to obtain higher education.  Through a powerful narrative of self-empowerment and giving back, the Foundation seeks to reverse the School-to-Prison Pipeline and establish the Prison-to-School Pipeline.


TTEF's three founders were all formerly incarcerated in Rhode Island and upon their release went on to earn college degrees.  They now seek to provide currently incarcerated persons with financial, motivational and other support to do the same.


TTEF provides two types of annual scholarships for men, women, and youth in the Rhode Island prison system. One type of scholarship is awarded to a current inmate pursuing his or her higher education.  A second type of scholarship is awarded to an inmate transitioning out of incarceration who will be pursuing his or her higher education upon release.

Rep. Grace Diaz congratulates Erick Betancourt on graduating from University of Rhode Island.


Please support TTEF's work.  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Donate via credit card, PayPal, or by mailing a check to:

Transcending Through Education Foundation

5 Grant Court

Newport, RI 02840

      In addition, TTEF provides the following support services to               scholarship winners:


  • Assigning of a mentor who was a formerly incarcerated       person and went on to obtain higher education.
  • Academic counseling.
  • Study skills and habits workshop.
  • Financial aid and money management workshops.

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