Scholarships / College Aid

Scholarships / College Aid

Scholarships / College Aid

Every year there are numerous scholarships available to RTCC graduates to help with financing a college education. For information on each scholarship and how to apply, call or schedule an appointment with our Work Based Learning Coordinator, Jason Finley or Guidance Councelor Jennefer Jolls. Both can be reached at 802-728-9595. We also encourage you to check out our new Financial Aid Handbook and FAFSA Cheat Sheet, located in the "documents" box to the left, as well as the resources below:

Note:  It's college acceptance time and a few of you have asked about your financial aid letters - what money is an actual award versus a loan you have to pay back? Well, there is a new online tool available to help decode the mystery! You just need to convert your award letter to a PDF and upload it here:

Here's a great new Common App for Scholarships:

Another tremendous resource for scholarships and other information on how to pay for college is the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, commonly known as VSAC. We encourage you to click on some of their helpful links in the "helpful links" box to the left; as well as visit their web site to learn more about scholarships and low interest student loans.

Each year, RTCC grads earn thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards towards pursuing a degree in the field of their choice:  Check out some of the resources below....and be sure to note the deadline dates...some of them are quickly approaching.

Title: Bar Harbor Scholarship: One $1,500 scholarship available to a graduating senior planning on attending college (subject to income guidlines). For application and information, download the app located in the documents box to the left.

Title: Clara Hill Scholarship: One $500 scholarship for a student planning on a career in Teacher Education or a related field. For application and information, download the app located in the documents box to the left.

Title: VT Maple Producers Scholarship: A scholarship of between $1,000 and $2,000 for a graduating senior, with priority given to students planning on majoring in an agricultural field. For application and information, download the app located in the documents box to the left.

Title: Horatio Alger Scholarship:  The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr.  Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States. Learn more here.

Title: ExtremeTerrain:  2 x $3000 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth and Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems. One scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester and another for the spring semester each year.
Scholarship page:

AmericanMuscle:  4 x $2000 scholarships for students pursuing an automotive-themed major(mechanical engineering, robotics etc.) Two scholarships will be awarded every spring semester, followed by two additional scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester each year
Scholarship page:

AmericanTrucks: 4 x $2000 scholarships to students(including high school seniors) pursuing a career in the traditional building trades such as HVAC, carpentry, electrical, or related fields of study. Two scholarships will be awarded every spring semester, followed by two additional scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester each year
Scholarship page:

Title: American Legion Scholarship:  Eligibility: RUHS Seniors. Prize: varies. Deadline: May 3, 2019
Requirements: Letter describing academic, community and extracurricular activities. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate the qualities of good citizenship and industriousness, not not only in their academics, but through their school and community involvement.
Submit letter to the RUHS Guidance Office.

Title: Sons of the American Legion Scholarship:  Eligibility: The American Legion is offering $500 - $1,000 scholarships to anyone planning to attend further tech training. You must be related to a Legion member (American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion).
Applications can be downloaded from the "documents" box to the left and are due APRIL 15.

Title: Sugar Spun Scholarship:  Eligibility: enrolled in a college/university -- if you are in a dual enrollment class, you qualify!  Prize: $500. Deadline: August 1st, 2019
Requirements: Essay, up to 1000 words. Use one of the following prompts:
  - Your most memorable meal
  - A life lesson learned through food
  - If you could sit down to a meal with any person in history, living or dead, who would you choose, and why?  Include the food that you would serve.
Website: scholarship

Title: Ayn Rand Fountainhead Essay Contest:  Eligibility: 11th & 12th graders. Prize: $50 - $10,000. Deadline: scholarship/
Requirements: Select one of the three provided writing prompts.
Website: http://essaycontest. TheFountainhead.aspx

Title: Make Me Laugh Scholarship:  Eligibility: Enrolling in college in the near future. Prize: $1500. Deadline: August 31, 2019
Requirements: submit a short essay in response to the question:  “OMG… finding and applying for scholarships is serious business, but it’s time to lighten things up a little. We don’t want to know why you deserve $1,500 or how great your grades are, we simply want to LOL. Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh!” (250 words or less)
Website: scholarships/our-scholarships/ make-me-laugh-scholarship/ application

Title: Winona Smith Scholarship: Deadline: May 1, 2019.  Scholarship amount: $1,000. Eligibility: Vermont resident in his or her senior year of high school who has demonstrated an interest in civic participation and community service, who has a need for financial aid, and who is highly recommended by a teacher. Where: The student will need to post their essays online: one on a local, state, national, or international issue of importance to them and one on a U.S. voting rights issue. They will need to write BOTH essays. Recommendations by teachers can be uploaded to

Title: The Revive Life Scholarship:  $750 awarded twice per year to students entering college after graduation. For details and application procedures, visit their website at:

Automotive Scholarships:  Here are links to two scholarships for students interested in a career in Automotive Technology:
Automotive Scholarships Central
Garage Gurus Scholarship

Gifford Medical Staff Scholarship: In 2019 the Medical Staff of Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vermont, is offering one $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior attending college in pursuit of a health care career. You can download the application from the documents box to the left.

And, here is a list of some other awards that may also be available in the 2018-19 academic year. For more information, contact Ms. Jolls or Mr. Finlay.

Comcast Leaders & Achievers
GMC Auxiliary
GMC Staff
Randolph Rotary
Richard Kelley Memorial
CTE Presidential Scholarship State Nominee
Vermont Land Trust
North Country Credit Union
NTHS National                          
Jon H. Poteat Award
Play the Hand You’re Dealt Scholarship
Bethel Rotary Club
Lake Sunapee Bank /                 
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Margaret Egerton Memorial Scholarship
Mystic Star
Brookfield Mason
Nontraditional Career Pathways
Northfield Rotary
RTCC Student Athlete
Transformation Scholarship
VSAC - Gov. Phil Hoff VT Honor Scholarship
Career Pathways
RTCC Academic Honors
National Technical Honor Society Seniors Award
Culinary Taste Award
Agricultural Technology Scholarship
National Technical Honor Society Community Scholar
Donald Dustin Memorial
VoCon Award
Green Mountain Pipeline Services
Lucky’s Trailer Sales, Inc.
Vermont Automobile Enthusiast- Golden Wrench Award
Sam Thompson DMV Award
Partstown, Fisher Auto
RTCC Modern Literature Scholarship
Justin Kinney Memorial Scholarship
Gifford Pinchot Award
Tim Billings Award
Erica Lewis Award
Tara Stratton Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Brooke Bennett Memorial Scholarship
Jerry Sullivan Culinary Scholarship
Jean Grout Health Careers Scholarship