KINGSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Former Eyewitness News anchor Karen Adams has committed $1 million toward a scholarship dedicated to benefiting female students at University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.
From 1989 until retiring in 2010, Adams was an anchor for the evening newscasts at WPRI 12 where she won numerous awards and recognitions, including an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Anchoring. She was also inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences.
The $1 million will go toward funding the Karen L. Adams Scholarship in Communications and benefits junior or senior female students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and are from Rhode Island.
Adams is from Missouri but now resides in Narragansett and attributes Rhode Island to much of her success.
“It is important to me to give to URI rather than another institution because Rhode Island is where I spent the bulk of my career, and I feel compelled to give back to the flagship university,” Adams said.
Adams received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from URI as a form of recognition of her commitment to public service and has been recipient to numerous honors including the John Chafee Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Way.
Harrington School Director and College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Adam Roth called Adams’ commitment to the school “both an inspiring gesture of generosity and a resounding validation of our shared commitment to educating a new generation of women leaders who will work across a range of media platforms in their respective communication careers.”
The Harrington School at URI was established in 2008 and is home to programs in digital media, communication studies, film production, public relations and more.