David Louis Cunha Foundation 2019 Scholarships


This scholarship was created in the loving memory and honor of David Louis Cunha, a 2012 graduate of Smithfield High School, and will be awarded to students who have excelled in community service.

David Cunha was born on January 1, 1994.   Though David lived with a congenital heart defect, he was vibrant, courageous and FULL OF LIFE.  With his infectious smile and wonderfully outgoing personality, he was a friend to all.  David was and continues to be a true inspiration to all who knew him.

David was a 2012 graduate of Smithfield High School and a member of The National Honor Society.  He was a junior at Rhode Island College majoring in Mass Media Communications.  David worked for the Rhode Island State Senate for six years and dedicated much of his free time to numerous non-profit organizations and community service.   David had a warm and giving heart and a strong and admirable character.  He had countless friends and family who loved him dearly and continue to do so now even more.  David passed unexpectedly in January, 2015.  The David Louis Cunha Foundation was created in David’s loving memory and honor and to continue his commitment to helping others less fortunate than he.  Helping children was a cause close to David’s heart.

The David Louis Cunha Foundation will award scholarships to selected applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduating Smithfield High School senior accepted for the 2019-2020 school year to an accredited university, college, junior college, technical school, or other educational institute.
  • Exemplifies David’s compassion and commitment to helping others through community service, good citizenship, and respect.

Each applicant must submit a list of present and past community service activities, along with a short essay.  For the essay, please choose one or two of your activities and address how others benefited from your involvement, and how these experiences contributed to your personal growth.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted no later than Friday, March 15, 2019.  Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee appointed by the Foundation. Scholarships will be announced at Smithfield High School Honors Night. Scholarships will be dispersed to recipients upon enrollment verification.

Please complete the following and return it along with your typed activity sheet and essay to the mailing address given below.  Please remember applications must be postmarked no later than  Friday, March 15, 2019. 

Submit online, or Print and mail to: David Louis Cunha Foundation Scholarship c/o Mr. & Mrs. Peter Cunha  563 Log  Road Smithfield, RI  02917

    Student Information

    University, College, Junior College, Technical School you will be attending or have applied to:

    Community Service Projects


    Directions: Your essay will be graded based on this rubric. Consequently, use this rubric as a guide when writing your essay and check it again before you submit your essay.