HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island presents major gift to URI Talent Development program

Media Contact: Tony LaRoche, 401-874-4894 |

Feb. 10, 2020

WHAT:            HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island will present the University of Rhode Island Talent Development program with a $50,000 gift in recognition of Talent Development’s more than 50 years of providing educational opportunities to students from underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged communities in Rhode Island. The HarborOne Foundation’s financial commitment also includes financial literacy classes to be offered to TD scholars through the bank’s educational services division, HarborOne U. Talent Development was established in 1968 in the wake of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a special admission program for Rhode Island students of color and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. From a first class of 13 students, the program has grown to about 1,200 students annually and boasts more than 3,700 graduates.

WHO:              Members of HarborOne’s senior leadership team: Joe Casey, president and chief operations officer of HarborOne Bank; Scott Sanborn, executive vice president of Commercial Lending; and Brenda Kerr, senior vice president of Retail Banking; along with Phillip Kydd, vice president of the HarborOne Foundation, deputy director of the R.I. Department of Transportation, and URI alumnus. Representing URI will be Vice President for Student Affairs Kathy Collins; Lil O’Rourke, president of the URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement; Katharine H. Flynn, executive director of URI Business Engagement Center, Corporate & Foundation Relations; Gerald R. Williams, director of Talent Development; Kristina Moyet, associate director of Talent Development; and a half-dozen current scholars from the program.

WHEN:            Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

WHERE:          URI’s Alumni Center, 73 Upper College Road, Kingston campus.

CONTACT:       Tony LaRoche, public information officer, URI Communications and Marketing, anthony_laroche@uri.edu, 401-874-4894
Marissa Sullivan, HarborOne, msullivan@oneillandassoc.com, 617-646-1067