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: goingmerry.com

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.org

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.

Also, check out the Ohio Technical College Scholarship opportunities available from Ohio Technical College here.

Title: Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission Scholarship
for students showing participation in community service-oriented activities; 
engagement with civic institutions; 
demonstrated leadership skills; 
demonstrated innovative thinking and problem solving; 
demonstrated entrepreneurship and resourcefulness; and 
the need for financial assistance. Learn more at this link: Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission Scholarship

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: April 30, 2020
Requirements: Online Application
Website: AAC Culinary Scholarship

Title: Mike Rowe Works Scholarship - Each year, we give away a modest pile of money through the Work Ethic Scholarship Program help people get trained for skilled jobs that are in demand. We’ve proven that opportunities in the trades aren’t alternatives to viable careers – they are viable careers. Learn more, and apply here: Mike Rowe Works Foundation

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 CTC Scholarships     

Title: VT Assoc of Office Professionals Scholarship - This scholarship is available to students seeking a career in an office environment. First-year and current students may apply. For eligibility requirements and the application, click on the appropriate file in the documents box to the left.

Title: Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
Eligibility: high school student
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Requirements: online application (includes 250 word essay)
Website: http://www.genkellyscholarship.com

Title: Science Ambassador Scholarship
Eligibility: female senior pursuing college degree in a STEM field
Prize: full tuition
Deadline: Passed for 2020; Scholarship will re-open in Sept. 2020
Requirements: 3-minute video lecture about your field of study
Website: https://www.scienceambassadorscholarship.org

Title: PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship
Eligibility: senior pursing further education in STEM, economics, or business
Prize: $2,000
Deadline: June 5, 2020
Requirements: Online application and essay about Blockchain or Artificial Intelligence (see prompts on website)
Website: PixrlPlex STEM Scholarship

Title: Jon H. Poteat Scholarship
Eligibility: Current NTHS members (inducted May 2019)
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Requirements: Online application
Website: https://nths.org/scholarships-2/

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?
Website: http://www.bigsunathletics.com

Title: St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont Scholarship

Eligibility: graduating seniors going on to Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree study. Prize: $1,000

Deadline: March 28, 2020 - Requirements: completed application form, official transcript, SAT/ACT test scores, 3 sealed letters of reference (at least one from a guidance counselor, and one from a teacher or school administrator), one handwritten page of describing your education goals and financial need. You can download the application from the documents box to the left.

Title: "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

Eligibility: juniors and seniors; Prize: $10,000; Deadline: March 30, 2020

Requirements: Register at bebold.org and create a profile

Title: Niche "No Essay" College Scholarship

Eligibility: juniors and seniors; Prize: $2,000; Deadline: March 31, 2020

Requirements: create a niche.com account - this is a monthly scholarship and students can log in each month to reapply. Start here.

Title: Frame My Future Scholarship

Eligibility: seniors planning to enroll as a full-time student at a U.S. college or university in the 2020-2021 academic year; Prize: $500 - $5,000; Deadline: April 1, 2020

Requirements: How do you envision your future? Whether through poetry, photography, ink, collage, painting, mixed media, or graphic design work, submit an original creation expressing what YOU hope to achieve in your personal and professional life after college.

Website: https://www.diplomaframe.com/ contests/frame-my-future- scholarship.aspx

Title: New England Association for College Admission Counseling Annual Essay Contest

Eligibility: juniors and seniors; Prize: $1,000; Deadline: April 3, 2020

Requirements: 500-word essay on the following topic: Describe a counselor, teacher, or coach who has had the greatest influence on your decision to attend college. How has this individual impacted your future? What will you do in college or beyond that will make a difference in your community? You can download everything you'll need here:  NEACA Annual Essay Contest

Title: The College JumpStart Scholarship

Eligibility: juniors and seniors, committed to post-secondary education; Prize: $1,000; Deadline: April 15, 2020

Requirements: 250 word essay on one of the following topics: (1) What are your educational goals? (2) How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?  (3) Write about a time when “hard work” paid off. (4) Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that has affected you and your outlook.

Website: http://www.jumpstart- scholarship.net/application-us

Title: Randolph Village Fire Department Scholarship

Eligibility: seniors; Prize: varies; Deadline: May 1, 2020

Requirements: completed application form. You'll find it in the documents box to the left.

Title: Clara J. Hill Scholarship

Eligibility: seniors who plan to study education; Prize: $500; Deadline: May 17, 2020

Requirements: completed application form, official transcript, 3 letters of recommendation (specifically from guidance counselor, classroom teacher, and community member); you find what you need in the documents box to the left.

Title: Unigo Flavor of the Month Scholarship

Eligibility: juniors and seniors; Prize: $1,500; Deadline: July 31, 2020

Requirements: Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: 

Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. In fact, July is National Ice Cream Month, and that’s the inspiration behind this award. Unigo thinks that people are very similar to ice cream; some are nutty, others a little exotic, while some are very comforting. If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?

Website: https://www.unigo.com/ scholarships/our-scholarships/ flavor-of-the-month- scholarship

Title: Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

Eligibility: juniors and seniors; Prize: $1,000; Deadline: September 30, 2020

Requirements: write a 140-character statement that completes this sentence: I pledge to not text and drive because...

Website: http://www. digitalresponsibility.org/ dont-text-and-drive- scholarship

Title: Unigo Shout It Out Scholarship

Eligibility: juniors and seniors; Prize: $1,500; Deadline: September 30, 2020

Requirements: short essay, 250 words or less, for the question: “If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?”

Website: https://www.unigo.com/ scholarships/our-scholarships/ shout-it-out-scholarship

Title: I Have a Dream Scholarship

Eligibility: juniors and seniors; Prize: $1,500; Deadline: January 31, 2021

Requirements: submit an online written response of 250 words or less answering this question: What do you dream about? Whether it’s some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams.

Website: https://www.unigo.com/ scholarships/our-scholarships/ i-have-a-dream-scholarship

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: 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: https://www.americanmuscle.com/scholarships.html

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: https://www.americantrucks.com/scholarships.html

Title: American Legion Scholarship:  Eligibility: RUHS Seniors. Prize: varies. Deadline: April 1, 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.
Download the app in the document box to the left.

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: https://sugarspunrun.com/ scholarship/
Requirements: Select one of the three provided writing prompts.
Website: http://essaycontest. aynrandnovels.org/ 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:
https://www.revive.life/college-scholarship

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