Scholarships / College Aid

Scholarships / College Aid


RU gradStudents graduating from Randolph Union High School are eligible to apply for a wide range of scholarships to help reduce the cost of pursuing a college degree.

Check out the various scholarship opportunities below, and be sure to note deadlines and submission requirements. Some of the below scholarships require separate applications, which are generally available in the guidance office or online by the end of March.

Another tremendous resource for scholarships and  information on how to pay for college is the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, commonly known as VSAC. We encourage you to check out some of their helpful links (in the "helpful links" box below); or visit their web site to learn more about scholarships and low interest student loans. You can visit their site by CLICKING HERE

Randolph Union High School Scholarship Information Packet

To apply for a number of available scholarships, please click on This Link, and complete all sections and questions. The following scholarships may be applied for using this application:

  • Clayton Brown Scholarship - available to students who have distinguished themselves by setting and attaining the highest academic standards
  • Azel Hall Scholarship - awarded to students based on merit, community service, and financial need
  • Charles Ellis Scholarship - awarded to students who show academic achievement and who are able to demonstrate financial need
  • The RU Community Fund Scholarship - awarded to students based on financial need (75%) and citizenship (25%)

Additional scholarship opportunities include:

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: Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Eligibility: current junior or senior planning to attend college
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Requirements: Write a 140-character message about texting while driving and complete online application form
Website: Don't Text and Drive

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
Website: https://spirit.prudential.com/apply/2020

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
Website: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm

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: 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
Website: https://www.scienceambassadorscholarship.org

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
Website: https://www.jonestshirts.com/pages/scholarship

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: BadCredit.org 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: 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: 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.

The following additional scholarships are also available, and may be applied for by following the instructions under each scholarship; or by downloading and submitting the application(s) found in the documents box to the left.) Note: Many of the applications are being updated and will not appear in this box until they are ready, so check back often.

American Legion Thomas J. Mowatt Scholarship - The American Legion Post #9 of Randolph is proud to offer a scholarship in memory of Thomas J. Mowatt. This scholarship is awarded annually to a selected student graduating from Randolph Union High School who has demonstrated the attributes of good citizenship and industriousness, not only by their academic achievement but equally important, through the student’s contribution to their school and community, as well as their participation in extra curricular activities. Students interested in applying for this scholarship should submit a letter explaining how they fit the above criteria and what their future plans are. The letter should be sent to:  Attn: Adjutant Post 9 American Legion P.O. Box 75 Randolph, VT 05060. Letters must be postmarked by May 3th

Charles Ellis Memorial Scholarship: The Charles Ellis Memorial Scholarship fund provides for 2 scholarships for Randolph Union High School graduates. Each scholarship is a yearly award of $10,000 for up to four years of undergraduate college. Total amount to be dispursed is not to exceed $40,000 per award. When available, the scholarship is presented once every two years, or when previous recipients completes program or loses eligibility to receive award. (academic merit, financial need, essay response) To apply for this scholarship you will need to complete the in house scholarship form as well as submitting an essay. Question and the details can be found on the form available for download above.

Dubois and King Scholarship - Applicants should plan to major in architecture, engineering, planning, earth or environmental science, or surveying. Download the Dubois and King Scholarship application in the documents box to the left.

Gary Thurston Scholarship (Randolph Fire Department) - Any student planning to continue their education is eligible. Download the Gary Thurston Scholarship (Randolph Fire Department) application in the documents box to the left.

Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary Health Profession Scholarship - Applicants should plan to pursue a career in a health profession and demonstrate financial need. Download the Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary Health Profession Scholarship application in the documents box to the left.

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.

John Murray Scholarship - John Murray devoted his career to the children of Randolph, Braintree, and Brookfield. A longtime and much loved superintendent, John was an early advocate of building this union high school. The John Murray scholarship recognizes graduating seniors who have invested their hearts and hands in our school community, particularly those who labor in the auditorium that bears his name. To apply for the John Murray Scholarship, please provide: a transcript; activities list; statement of career objectives; self evaluation of strengths/weaknesses; and a statement of what you have done to build community during your time at Randolph Union. Please return all of this to Mr. Rainville by May 3, 2019 Please note that students who participate in the theater program may automatically be considered for this award. 

Members Advantage Scholarship - This scholarship is open to members of the Members Advantage Credit Union, and is based on academic excellence, extracurricular activities, community service, financial need and completeness of the applications. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $1,000. Download the application in the documents box to the left.

Music Boosters Scholarships - This scholarship is available to students who have been accepted to and plan to attend a post-secondary program in music. Download the Music Boosters Scholarships application in the documents box to the left.

National Honor Society Scholarship - One of the cornerstones of the National Honor Society is knowledge. This year NHS is offering 3 scholarships, one at $500 and two at $250 each.In a 500 word essay, students applying for this scholarship will be judged on their ability to answer the question, “What does a higher education mean to you?  Kindly place your name on a cover letter only. Applications should be submitted to Student Services by May 3, 2019.

Randolph Rotary Scholarship - Applicants for this scholarship should demonstrate citizenship and involvement in the community that reflects the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self". Download the Randolph Rotary Scholarship Application in the documents box to the left.

RUHS Alumni Association Scholarship - Any student planning to pursue post-secondary education is eligible to apply. Download the RUHS Alumni Association Scholarship application from the documents box to the left.

RUHS Athletic Booster Club Scholarship - This scholarship was established by the class of 2011 to recognize any senior athlete who is planning to pursue post secondary education. This student is recognized by school officials, classmates and community members for their accomplishments. Download the RUHS Athletic Booster Club Scholarship application from the documents box to the left.

RUHS Class of 2011 - This scholarship was established by the class of 2011 to recognize a student who has persevered in their class work and service to their community. The student is someone who is recognized by school officials, classmates, and community members for their accomplishments. This scholarship is a one time scholarship.  Required Documents include: and Unofficial Transcript; one letter of recommendation from a school official addressing the student’s academic potential and commitment; school and community involvement; character, leadership and work ethic; and one 500 word essay outlining the applicant’s school and community activities (i.e. — extracurricular activities, honors, achievement(s), community service & awards). The essay should describe the value of the student's community service and how it has benefited him/her and the community. Essays will be judged on their uniqueness - what sets this application apart from others and how the student's experiences have contributed to his/her personal growth? All applications are due, May 3, 2019 to student services. Only seniors applying to go on to post secondary education may apply.

The Eleanor Dickey Drysdale Scholarship - This scholarship honors the best writer of English prose in the graduating class at Randolph Union High School. The scholarship was created in 1973 in appreciation of Eleanor Dickey Drysdale, who for many years was the assistant editor of the Herald of Randolph (then the White River Valley Herald). She authored a weekly column called “Old Fogey’s Bench” which became the most popular feature of the newspaper. The wife of Herald editor John Drysdale, she served on the high school board for nine years and was greatly responsible for the construction of both the junior high wing and the Randolph Technical Career Center. Students should submit something they’ve already written in high school. The submissions may be fiction or non-fiction essays, but poetry is not eligible. It is advisable to submit a set of more than one writing sample. To be considered for this award, students must submit their writing to Student Services office by May 3rd, 2019.

The William Craig Russell Memorial Scholarship - The William Craig Russell Memorial Scholarship is offered in loving memory and honor of Will Russell, born 5 weeks prematurely, who passed away at 26 days of age. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who will be attending college to study in the field of nursing, pre-med or other field relating to child healthcare. Completed applications are due in the Student Services Office by May 3. To apply, students need to answer the following questions: 1 - Where do you plan to attend college and what do you in tend to major in? 2 - What is your career plan? 3 - How do you think that college and your career will better the health ofchildren or others? 4 - Why are you choosing the medical field to study and participate in? 5 - Financially, why do you feel that you need this award? 6 - Describe yourself, i.e. school, work, community service, etc. 7 - How has a child most affected your life? 8. What's more important, money or family?

The White River Credit Union Scholarship - Applicants applying for this scholarship should show strong character, academic achievement, community and extra-curricular involvement as well as financial need. To apply, download the The White River Credit Union Scholarship application in the documents box to the left.