Scholarships

Note about SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS: Please be careful and do not pay for scholarship searches or sources. For more information on scholarship scams, please see the Federal Student Aid site.

Scholarships are a valuable and prestigious way to pay for college. Families should know that it is unusual to obtain scholarships to pay for 100% of college costs so it is important to explore a variety of ways to pay for college.

VSAC (the Vermont Student Assistant Corp) publishes a booklet in November of each year that contains numerous scholarships available to Vermonters. This booklet is also accessible through their website.

Scholarship Search Engines:

These search engines are free and you can use them to find scholarships that match you. The more information you enter, the more possible scholarships you will find.

 

Available Scholarships

(Previously Posted in The TSA Newsletter)

 

Deadline Dec 2 for American Legion Speech Scholarship Application: NOW is the time to consider participating in the American Legion Oratorical Contest, a Constitutional Speech competition.

  • Vermont Department: top 3 receive award money
  • National winner: top 3, receive scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 respectively
  • All other national participants receive $1500 to $3000

The student must:

  • Speak 8-10 minutes on some aspect of the US Constitution as it relates to the responsibilities of citizens
  • Speak 3-5 min. on one of 4 “assigned” amendments (one is selected by a draw from the hat moments before speaking)

For vital information about competing in this program, go to www.legion.org/oratorical

This contest requires research, familiarity of the U.S. Constitution and according to one coach, 50-100 hours of preparation.  It is the perfect adjunct to Social Studies and History courses. For a well-prepared, talented student (grades 9 – 12), there is an excellent possibility of garnering some money for college. Completing the application doesn’t obligate the student to participate.  It does give the organizers an idea where to focus their limited resources for the best possible outcomes.  American Legion National winners are automatically seated for National Forensics League Tournament. The competition begins in the local school and a contest is held at a local American Legion Post in January. The local post winner competes in a District Contest tentatively planned for February 2018.  The district winner goes on to a state level contest to be held March 3, 2018. There are 5 districts in Vermont. For more information, please contact Karlene DeVine at 802-877-6392 or visit kdevine@myfairpoint.net

 

Horatio Alger Scholarship: High School seniors who intend to pursue postsecondary education at a community college or technical school in Fall 2017 are encouraged to apply for the Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program. Application deadline is June 15, 2017. Please visit this website for more detailed information:
https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/

 

Scholarship opportunity for Strafford Seniors.  Attention Graduating Seniors: applications for the Robert H. Ordway Fund are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office in Strafford. To apply for the award, you must:

  • be a graduating high school senior.
  • be a legal resident currently residing in Strafford.
  • plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited school above the high school level (Any full-time study program offered by an accredited school of higher education will qualify- including vocational and other specialized training.).
  • complete an application and return it to the Town Clerk’s office by June 1 of your senior year in high school.

All graduating seniors wishing to further their education beyond the high school level are encouraged to apply. The Committee will be glad to answer any questions you might have. The Robert H. Ordway Fund Committee:

  • Joanna Hawkins, 765-4040, joeylornell@gmail.com
  • Diana Leddy 802, 356-4388, everywritevt@aol.com
  • Danette Harris, 765-4312, Danette.A.Harris@gmail.com

 

 

Luna Moore Scholarship for Seniors: The Community Club of East Barnard is proud to announce that Luna Moore Scholarships are available to high school seniors who live in the Broad Brook watershed and plan to further their education. “Further Education” is broadly defined to include certified training programs, trade schools and two and four year colleges. The Broad Brook watershed includes those portions of Barnard, Pomfret, Royalton and Sharon where streams flow into Broad Brook. Residents who live on property contiguous with these portions are also eligible for scholarships. Annual scholarship grants will be $500 each with no more than three grants being given each year. The choice of recipients shall be made by a vote of the scholarship trustees on the basis of scholarship, character, and financial need. Grants will be payable for the second semester. To apply for the scholarship, the applicant should send a letter which explains future education plans and thoroughly describes his/her academic records and achievements, community and other involvement and financial need. The applicant should include his/her physical home address as well as the mailing address if it is different. Letters of support and other documents are not necessary and will not be considered by the Trustees. The deadline for letters of application is April 30. Selected applicants will be notified by mail by the end of May. All applications should be sent to:
Paige Gibbs
828 Walker Hill Road
South Royalton, VT 05068


Write an Essay and Win $1000 Scholarship:
 The New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) invites high school juniors and seniors to submit an essay for NEACAC’s annual essay contest. TSA juniors and seniors are invited to submit a 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? A winner from each of the six New England States will be chose to receive a $1000 scholarship. Essays must be submitted by April 8, 2017.
More information and the contest application can be found online at: http://www.neacac.org/essay-contest-information-application


The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
offers renewable, four year scholarships to students with financial need who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others, a strong work ethic, grit and passion for overcoming obstacles and/or achieving future goals and leadership qualities. In 2016, 136 scholarship were awarded ranging from $3000 – $16000 annually. Complete information and eligibility requirements can be found at www.phillips-scholarship.org  There are two deadlines for this scholarship:
The early response option for high school students allows recipients to make their college decisions with the benefit of more complete financial information. The first 300 applications received by April 3rd will be considered. Students will be notified before the May 1st common reply date if they have been awarded a scholarship, deferred to regular application pool or not awarded a scholarship. The regular application deadline is noon on May 1, 2017.


Scholarship for students pursuing a career in Nursing or Allied Health:  
The Auxiliary of Gifford Medical Center is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to area students pursuing a career in Nursing or in the fields of allied health. These scholarships are available to graduating senior students residing int eh towns served by Gifford Medical Center: Barnard, Bethel, Braintree, Brookfield, Chelsea, Granville, Hancock, Northfield, Pittsfield, Randolph, Rochester, Roxbury, Royalton, Sharon, Stockbridge, Strafford, Tunbridge, Vershire, Washington, Williamstown, and Woodstock. Applications with two letters of reference and a self-essay should be mailed by May 12, 2017. Decisions will be made in June. Applications should be mailed to:
GMC Auxiliary
Attn: Scholarship Comm.
POI Box 95
Randolph, VT 05060

Four $1000.00 scholarships are available to TSA students through Heritage Family Credit Union.  You do not need to be a member of the credit union to qualify for a scholarship. The deadline is 5:00 pm on April 28, 2017. Don’t delay. For more information, visit:  https://www.hfcuvt.com/Personal/Youth-Accounts/scholarships

 

Host a Summer Blood Drive and Be Eligible for a Scholarship: The Red Cross is hosts a Leaders Save Lives Scholarship program. For more information on how to host a blood drive and be eligible for a college scholarship, check out this website:
http://www.redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives?utm_source=realmagnet&utm_medium=email&utm_content=body_lsl2&utm_campaign=BHQ_LSL_Donors25up_201702

 

Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission Scholarship: The governing board of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission believes our region’s future is enhanced by both wise and forward-looking stewardship of the land, natural resources, and public institutions, and also through thoughtful investment in the next generation. To this end, the Regional Commission has authorized establishment of an annual TRORC Scholarship Program to encourage and recognize high school students pursuing career and life choices consistent with the vision and values of vibrant and sustainable communities, as articulated in our regularly updated Regional Plan. Up to six (6) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The Regional Commission strongly believes that academic performance should be one of many factors in awarding scholarships and will also consider a student’s record in the following areas:

•       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 including reasonable assurance that the student will be able to obtain sufficient financing to complete the program.

For more information on eligibility, deadlines, and how to apply, please contact Dee Gish at 802-457- 3188 or visit http://www.trorc.org/.


The George Coleman Scholarship:  
Each year, the New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers awards scholarships to three high school graduates who will be enrolling in a NEACRAO member institution for the fall semester of that year. Each high school graduate who is selected is awarded $2,000*. Applicants should demonstrate the potential  to succeed in a post-secondary academic environment and have a GPA of 3.00 (based on a 4.0 system—or its otherwise equivalent). All TSA applicants should contact Ellen BEFORE the deadline of March 15 so that she can nominate them for the scholarship.  Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2017. Please check the NEACRAO website to confirm if the school you hope to go to is a member institution.For more information, please contact Ari Kaufman at akaufman@berklee.edu) or visit https://neacrao.org/about/scholarship-information/.


Free Money for You! Free Money for TSA!
 VSAC is holding a FAFSA Challenge for Vermont high schools. Every high school that has 70 percent of its seniors completing a FAFSA will be entered into a drawing for $1,000 for a school-approved senior activity. The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the crucial first step to receiving financial aid, including federal Pell grants, VSAC’s Vermont State Grant, financial aid from the school that the student attends and for student loans. Simply put, no FAFSA, no financial aid. The cost of continuing your education is a big investment. Eligible students in Vermont could receive on average $3,546 in federal grants and another $1,800 in the Vermont state grant. That’s free money that doesn’t need to be paid back. Whatever you’re doing right now, stop. Take the 30 minutes to file the FAFSA and the Vermont Grant application to get all the financial aid that you are eligible for. Questions? Visit vsac.org or contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net

 

FULL College Scholarship for Current Juniors!  The Coolidge scholarship offers a full ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.  The Coolidge Scholarship can be used at any accredited US college or university. The main criterion for the Coolidge Scholarship is academic merit. All applications must be received by 7:00 pm on February 22.
For more detailed information please contact Rob Hammer at rhammer@coolidgefoundation.org or visit Coolidgescholars.org

 

Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award:  The Lion’s Club is proud to offer the Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award for graduating high school seniors.   Successful applicants will:
1)  have a disability or debilitating illness, either physically or mentally
2) be in need of financial assistance
3)  plan to attend college upon graduation from high school.
The winner will receive $1000.00.  Additionally, the winner will receive a plaque and be honored at a Lions Club close to their home. The application is fairly simple and includes a 200 word essay. Deadline to apply is March 8, 2017. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net

 


Calling all student-entrepreneurs, student-inventors, and student-designers.
Best Reviews Scholarship is looking for scholarship applicants to write a 500-word (or less) essay on the following:

How can great product design positively impact the world? What have you done to showcase your passion for product design? Do you have a unique idea that can make an already existing product better with the backbone of being user friendly, safe, and effective?

The winner will receive a $2,000 check to be spent on tuition fees and supplies. They want to encourage ideas on how to improve a variety of products. Whether it’s coffee makers, pressure washers, carpet cleaners, or office chairs! Your entry may include diagrams, sketches, or templates, or nothing but words. Please include your designs with the essay if you are comfortable sharing them. This scholarship is offered twice per year so please pay close attention to the deadlines. Send in your completed work to: scholarships@bestreviews.com

Your submission must be sent from your school email address. Your submission will include the following:

  • Copy of Student ID
  • A 500-word (or less) essay which answers the prompt: How can product design impact the world in a positive way?
    All submissions should be in PDF form and in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced.

Important dates:

  • Submissions open Jan 1, 2017
  • Application deadline: June 1, 2017
  • Scholarship recipient announced: June 30, 2017

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://bestreviews.com/scholarship

 

FULL College Scholarship for Current Juniors!  The Coolidge scholarship offers a full ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.  The Coolidge Scholarship can be used at any accredited US college or university. The main criterion for the Coolidge Scholarship is academic merit. All applications must be received by 7:00 pm on February 22.
For more detailed information please contact Rob Hammer at rhammer@coolidgefoundation.org or visit Coolidgescholars.orgVermont

 

FULL College Scholarship for Current Juniors!  The Coolidge scholarship offers a full ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.  The Coolidge Scholarship can be used at any accredited US college or university. The main criterion for the Coolidge Scholarship is academic merit. All applications must be received by 7:00 pm on February 22.
For more detailed information please contact Rob Hammer at rhammer@coolidgefoundation.org or visit Coolidgescholars.org

 

Lions Hart Memorial Award:  The Lion’s Club is proud to offer the Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award for graduating high school seniors.   Successful applicants will:
1)  have a disability or debilitating illness, either physically or mentally
2) be in need of financial assistance
3)  plan to attend college upon graduation from high school.
The winner will receive $1000.00.  Additionally, the winner will receive a plaque and be honored at a Lions Club close to their home. The application is fairly simple and includes a 200 word essay. Deadline to apply is March 8, 2017. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net


Vermont Golf Association Scholarship:
The Vermont Golf Association is proud to announce their scholarship for 2017. Applicant must be a resident of the State of Vermont, a high school graduate and must be enrolled in, or accepted as a full-time student at a college/university or technical school. Some of the criteria used for selection include: overall financial need, school performance, the applicants (not family) affiliation to the game of golf; such as competing on a golf team, working at a golf course, or participation in golf programs or events. APPLICATION IS DUE NO LATER THAN MAY 1, 2017. Questions regarding the process or application can be addressed to: pj3murray@gmail.com

 

HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy is looking for Juniors and Seniors: July 6 -11. The Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA) is for juniors and seniors who want to lead others and make a positive impact in their communities. Students spend five days in our college-prep program developing self-knowledge and leadership talents, while collaborating with like-minded students, as each creates a personal action plan for social change. At the same time, they’ll discover the values and skills to lead effectively and earn college credit for completing the program. For more information, please contact Vicki Ferrence Ray at ALA@hoby.org or visit http://www.hoby.org/hobynet/ALAInfoAndTourFlyer.pdf

 

The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to Vermont students. Successful candidates are those who display academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. There are two submission options:
April 3: Early Response Option for High School Students allows recipients to make their college decisions with the benefit of more complete financial information. The first 300 applications received by April 3rd will be considered.
May 1: New High School Application

For more information on this program please visit the website: www.phillips-scholarship.org
or call 978-744-2111 or email staff@spscholars.org

 

Scholarships for First Generation STEM students: Are you a senior interested in science, technology, engineering or math? Are you the first generation in your family to go to or graduate from college? If so, you may be eligible for a $5,000 scholarship at a Vermont college or university. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic standing, letters of recommendation, and an essay detailing career goals. Application Deadline is April 3.
For more information visit: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships

 

Applications are due January 18 for the 2016/2017 Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) Scholarship Program: Scholarships are for students in the United States living in areas where there are participating local RMHC Chapters. For more information please visit: http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships

 

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation: A scholarship of $1000 – $5000 is available for students interested in pursuing a career in graphic communication, publishing, printing technology or printing management. For more details please visit
https://pgsf.org/application-information-instructions/

 

The Society of Women Engineers awards several scholarships of $1000 – $15,000 to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. For more information, please visit:
http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/swe-scholarships

 

HomeAdvisor is happy to announce the 2016 Green Home Improvement Scholarship: This scholarship challenges students to break new ground in green home improvement. High school seniors accepted to a college or trade school or any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school in the United States are qualified to apply by submitting a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay. Students should e-mail their essays to scholarship@homeadvisor.com before midnight on December 15, 2016For more information please visit: http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/scholarships/#.WDWwVaIrLR0


The Diabetes Scholars Foundation’s college scholarship program is available to incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes
and who are US citizens or permanent residents seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. This scholarship recognizes students who have high academic performance, are actively involved in the diabetes community, participate in community and/or extra-curricular activities and who have demonstrated that they are successfully managing the challenges of living with diabetes. Diabetes Scholars Foundation scholarships are not based on financial need. For more information please visit:  http://diabetesscholars.org/college-scholarship/

 

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) will offer six unique interdisciplinary sessions on Yale’s campus in 2017. Each session is designed to bring together high school students with extraordinary talent and promise from around the world and hone their abilities to understand, think critically about, and strategize responses to certain contemporary global issues. Students will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished Yale faculty members, participate in seminars designed and led by current Yale students, and engage with renowned practitioners in lectures and career panels – all while experiencing the world-class facilities and resources that Yale University has to offer. Admission to the program is very selective. We offer need-based scholarships and encourage students from any country and all financial backgrounds to apply. Current high school sophomores and juniors and international equivalents are eligible to apply. For more information, visit globalscholars.yale.edu.

 

Full Scholarship to Ithaca for Junior and Senior Students: The Park Scholar Program (ithaca.edu/parkscholars) is more than a scholarship, it is a learning community that develops future communications leaders who engage critically, act globally and perform ethically. Through a mixture of academic and service programming, scholars are challenged to take action and give back to their communities and to use the power of mass communication to make a positive impact on the world. At least 10 merit-based scholarships are awarded to high school seniors each year and at least 3 merit-based scholarships are awarded to juniors in the spring. The program is offered to academically exceptional students who have demonstrated deep commitment to service and leadership in their communities. Park Scholar awards cover the entire cost of attendance at Ithaca and include stipends for living expenses, books and a one-time computer purchase. Students must complete a separate application, which includes two essays,  that is due by January 15th. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit ithaca.edu/parkscholars

 

 

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