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 FAFSA Cheat Sheet, as well as the resources below:

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.

VSAC has also put out a VSAC Scholarship List by Program. You'll find instructions on where to learn more (including page numbers) in their Scholarships_Booklet.

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; some have passed; some give you until spring. But it never hurts to make a list and plan early.

Title: ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship
Eligibility: anyone interested in continuing their education
Prize: $10,000
Deadline: Drawing is the last day of every month!
Requirements: Register online
Website: Scholarship Points

Title: Fast FAFSA $50
Eligibility: High School Seniors
Prize: $50 gift card
Deadline: weekly drawings, now through February
Requirements: : share your experiences about the FAFSA on social media and tag @vsac and #FastFAFSA50

Title: American Welding Society
Eligibility: current junior or senior planning to attend college
The AWS Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It supports programs to ensure the growth and development of the welding industry through research and educational opportunities. Our industry depends upon education that prepares the next generation to meet the challenges ahead.
Website: American Welding Society Scholarship

Title: AAC Culinary Scholarships
Eligibility: At least a 2.75 GPA, acceptance to culinary, pastry or foodservice-related major
Prize: $1,500 - $2,500
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Requirements: Online Application
Website: AAC Culinary Scholarship

Title: Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Eligibility: 18-24 years old
Prize: $2,500 - $100,000
Deadline: October 17, 2019
Requirements: enter the online competition
Website: Dr. Pepper Tuition

Title: Horatio Alger Association CTE Scholarship
Eligibility: commitment to complete career and technical program training after high school
Prize: $2,500
Deadline: rolling till filled
Requirements: online application
Website: Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship

Title: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Eligibility: 5-12 graders who have been engaged in volunteer activities since September 1, 2018
Prize: $1,000-$5,000
Deadline: November 5, 2019
Requirements: Online application

Title: 2019 Seth Okin Good Deeds Scholarship
Eligibility: any student pursuing a post-secondary education, 3.0 GPA, serves the community
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: November 30, 2019
Requirements: 500-word essay: With so many people and organizations in today’s world in need of volunteers and financial assistance, how should people decide where to direct their time and donations?
Website: Seth Okin Scholarship

Title: 3M STEM Superhero
Eligibility: High School Students
Prize: $2,500
Deadline: November 30, 2019
Requirements: Create your own underrepresented STEM superhero. Hang your flyer in an elementary or middle school (or give it to a young person in your life).
Website: STEM Superhero Scholarship

Title: AXA Achievement Scholarship
Eligibility: current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university
Prize: $1,000-$10,000
Deadline: December 15, 2019
Requirements: Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities; register and apply online
Website: AXA Achievement Scholarship

Title: Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: high school senior going on to 4-year degree program
Prize: $1,000 - $12,500 per year
Deadline: November 5, 2019
Requirements: online applications

Title: SHC Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program
Eligibility: High school senior, going on to college, who has experienced homelessness within the last six years
Prize: $2,000 and trip to a national awards ceremony (travel and expenses included)
Deadline: November 10, 2019
Requirements: Transcripts, 1000 word essay, letters of recommendation, online application form
Website: SHC Youth Scholarship

Title: Opioid Awareness Scholarship
Eligibility: senior accepted to college for Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, or any other field relating to substance abuse
Prize: $500
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Requirements: essay focused on the Opioid epidemic in the United States
Website: Opioid Awareness Scholarship

Title: Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
Eligibility: high school student
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Requirements: online application (includes 250 word essay)

Title: Science Ambassador Scholarship
Eligibility: female senior pursuing college degree in a STEM field
Prize: full tuition
Deadline: December 9, 2019
Requirements: 3-minute video lecture about your field of study

Title: The Jones T-Shirts “Love Your Career” Scholarship
Eligibility: Enrolled in college by deadline (dual enrollment may be eligible)
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: January 7, 2020 (Winter Deadline)
Requirements: 1000 word essay: 3 steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love; Interview a professional in the field

Title: JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Eligibility: juniors and seniors
Prize: $100-$10,000
Deadline: January 17, 2020
Requirements: 700-1000 word essay; follow link for specific criteria
Website: JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

Title: PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship
Eligibility: senior pursing further education in STEM, economics, or business
Prize: $2,000
Deadline: December 20, 2019
Requirements: Online application and essay about Blockchain or Artificial Intelligence (see prompts on website)
Website: PixrlPlex STEM Scholarship

Title: Wealth Wise Scholarship
Eligibility: High School Senior, minimum GPA of 3.5, planing to study finance, business, accounting, mathematics, management, and other related majors
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Requirements: Transcript and 500-900 word essay on How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved
Website: Wealth Wise Scholarship

Title: Jon H. Poteat Scholarship
Eligibility: Current NTHS members (inducted May 2019)
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Requirements: Online application

Title: BigSun Scholarship 2020
Eligibility: High School Senior, Athlete
Prize: $500.00
Deadline: June 19, 2020
Requirements: Write a short essay (500–1,000 words) answering: How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you? Has your participation influenced your career goals? Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?

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.

VT Tour Guide Scholarship: A potential scholarship of $1,000 to a student who submits the winning essay or video about places to visit in Vermont. Details can be found in the documents box to the left.

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: Extreme Terrain Scholarships

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: The Future Mechanic Grant
Eligibility: senior who plans to enroll in a trade or vocational school, 2 or 4 year university, accredited community college or other automotive higher education institution within the next 12 months
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Requirements: 500 word essay detailing why you are pursuing an automotive degree
Website: Future Mechanic Grant

Title: American Legion Scholarship:  Eligibility: RUHS Seniors. Prize: varies. Deadline: Early May, 2020 (contact Jen Jolls for deadline date).
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: 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: 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.

Construction Trades Scholarships:  Here is a link to a number of scholarships for students pursuing a career in the Construction Trades: Scholarship Trades Scholarships

And, here is a list of some other awards that may also be available in the 2019-20 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