Scholarship Information

Student Scholarships come in many forms, on many levels. The most local level of scholarship money is found here at the high school in the spring. RHAM is fortunate to have local organizations from the tri-town area and private individuals donate scholarship funds each year. Please check this page for updates and information throughout the school year.


The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has a wonderful offering of scholarship funds available to students who reside in the 29 Greater Hartford Region - our students qualify. The catalog of scholarships, searchable by specific criteria, is available at http://www.hfpgscholarships.org/Scholarships/Home/tabid/464/Default.aspx .

American Educational Guidance Center, Inc. has a site that links to thousands of resources to help people identify their educational, scholarship and financial aid options. You may access this information by visiting: http://www.college-scholarships.com/ .

Imagine America Foundation High School Scholarships: Graduating high school seniors who meet the recommended guidelines are eligible to receive a tuition discount that can be used at career colleges participating in the Imagine America Scholarship Program throughout the nation (see list here: https://www.imagine-america.org/our-schools/ ). For more information please visit: https://www.imagine-america.org/applyforscholarships/ and for criteria and FAQ’s please visit: https://www.imagine-america.org/faqimagine-america-high-school-scholarships/ . There are also scholarship opportunities for Connecticut Trade Schools- please visit https://www.imagine-america.org/high-school-scholarships-connecticut-trade-schools/ .

Many corporate scholarships are available and can be found by doing simple research at each website. For example, go to the Best Buy, DunkinDonuts, Big Y sites for information. All deadline and required materials vary so students need to be organized and dedicated to searching the scholarships.

Raise.me is a social enterprise working in partnership with the White House and over 180 colleges to expand access to higher education by improving the way students prepare for college—both financially and academically. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to award aid, which is often too late to impact a student’s college ambitions or choices, Raise.me enables students to earn grant aid throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular. The amount that students earn from a college on Raise.me represents a guaranteed minimum amount of aid they’ll receive if they apply and are admitted to that college. Please visit https://www.raise.me/ for full details.

CT Dollars and Sense Financial Literacy Portal: A partnership of state agencies has launched CT Dollars & Sense, an on-line portal that provides one website for Connecticut students and parents to find out how to plan, save and pay for college. Students can get information on scholarships, loans, and college savings plans, and also learn how to budget their money or find internships. Information is available by visiting https://ctdollarsandsense.com/ .

www.CollegeCovered.com : This site, powered by Discover Student Loans, is a free resource on planning and paying for college with information on Discover Scholarship Sweepstakes Awards.

LendEDU's Guide to College Scholarships is a resource that teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college. The site now includes a new search tool where students can filter scholarship opportunities based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship. https://lendedu.com/blog/scholarships .

United Negro College Fund manages various scholarship programs and each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. https://scholarships.uncf.org/

Finally, there are a large number of search engines: fastweb.com/ ; College Board; Scholarships.com; guaranteed-scholarships.com/; School Soup; studentscholarships.org; collegescholarships.org; scholarshipamerica.org/- there are many, many more. Students need to register, enter background information (religion, ethnicity, parent affiliation such as Lions Club, Masons) and the site will kick out all scholarships that the student is eligible to apply for. Again, great opportunities but there is work required in applying.

***PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION***

  • Please make sure all required documents are attached and all information is completed (don’t forget to include your full address if it is requested- Region 8 encompasses 3 different towns!)

  • For transcript(s), please sign up on the Transcript Request Sheet in the school counseling office or send an email to (susan.abbatomarco@rhamschools.org ). You must specify whether you need Official or Unofficial copy/copies and allow 2 weekdays to process your request.

  • Please meet with your counselor to complete information such as comments, GPA, and signature.

  • Be sure to notate submission DEADLINES and method of delivery: Some scholarships require that submissions be mailed or emailed directly to the organization while others need to be dropped off in guidance.

**If you have any questions or need assistance accessing an application, please come see Ms. Abbatomarco in Guidance!**

Current Scholarship Applications

Please use the

when instructed for certain local scholarships listed below.


PEO STAR Scholarship (Philanthropic Education Organization): This $2500 scholarship is for high school senior women who: Exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success; Has a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; Is in the final academic year (senior year) of her secondary education and is 20 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year; Is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada; Plans to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation; Is recommended by and receives the vote of a local P.E.O. chapter. Potential candidates should email Darlene Allen, STAR Scholarship Chair of PEO Chapter AJ, with your resume of activities and accomplishments by September 30, 2019, at allensnv@gmail.com . For more information please read the brochure. When a local chapter identifies a prospective applicant, the local STAR Chairman will arrange an interview to assess eligibility. If the chapter votes to recommend the applicant, the chairman oversees the online application process. For more information about PEO, please visit their website at https://www.peointernational.org/ and find information about the STAR Scholarship under PEO Projects.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs: To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National or State Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria: Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2020 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation; Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution); Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required); Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities; Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity; Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and be a United States citizen. Full details and online application are available by visiting: https://scholars.horatioalger.org . Deadline: October 25, 2019.

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)- #LoCoolGov Scholarship: The contest is open to all students attending a Connecticut middle (grades 6-8) or high (grades 9-12) school. Students can work by themselves, or they may collaborate with peers and submit group projects of no more than 3 people. What is cool about local government?…create an entry using this as the central question and general theme. Have fun, and be creative with this project! You may choose to submit an essay, poem, photo, video, painting, multimedia project, or any other medium you find appropriate. Images of 3-dimensional art will be accepted. For full details, please visit https://www.ccm-ct.org/LocoolGov . Deadline: All entries are due by October 18, 2019.

VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition: This year’s topic is “What Makes America Great”. The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 enrolled by the Oct. 31 deadline in public, private, parochial school, or home study program in the U.S., its territories or its possessions. Dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools are also eligible to participate. To enter, download the Voice of Democracy entry form and brochure ( https://www.vfw.org/VOD ) to submit your essay to your local VFW Post (this information can be found on the website). Students should record their reading of the draft to an audio CD or flash drive. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds). Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to an audio CD/flash drive, they can submit their typed version, CD/flash drive and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the Oct. 31 deadline.

2019 Heisman High School Scholarship: The Heisman High School Scholarship continues a 25-year tradition of honoring high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities. The scholarship recognizes and rewards both male and female high school athletes who are community-minded and driven to use their exceptional talents for the benefit of all. Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community. Scholarship winners can attend any accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarship is not restricted to any specific institution. Scholarship winners must plan to be enrolled full time (a minimum of 12 hours per semester or quarter) for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. For complete details, please visit https://www.heismanscholarship.com . Deadline: October 29, 2019.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest: The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate. Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. For complete details, please visit https://www.JFKLibrary.org/essaycontest . The contest deadline is January 17, 2020.

WACE National Co-op Scholarship Program: These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education and have applied for the 2020-2021 academic year at one of the following WACE Partner Institutions: CLARKSON UNIVERSITY STATE, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK OSWEGO, DREXEL UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY, ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO, WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY or MERRIMACK COLLEGE. Full details and additional requirements are available by visiting http://waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html Deadline: *Postmarked by February 15, 2020*.

*PLEASE NOTE DEADLINE EXCEPTIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS:

Clarkson University: Early Decision Applicants- December 1, 2019

All other applicants- January 15, 2020

SUNY Oswego: All Regular Decision Applicants- March 1, 2020

Drexel University: November 15, 2019 - Early Decision applicants

February 1, 2020 - Early Action and Regular Decision applicants

Merrimack College: Early Action 1 and Early Decision- November 15, 2019

Early Action 2-January 15, 2020

Regular Decision- February 15, 2020

Johnson & Wales University: Early Decision-November 1, 2019

All other applicants-December 15, 2019

Seton Hall University’s Pirates Pitch Competition for High School Students: This is a contest to teach the basics of entrepreneurship and idea generation. It's a fun way to put your entrepreneurial know-how to the test and win cash prizes and scholarships. Submit an original business idea that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that you would like create. Or, you can tell them about a business you've already launched! The challenge is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Full details are available by visiting https://www.shu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/pirates-pitch-competition.cfm . Deadline: October 29, 2019.

American College Foundation-Visionary Scholarship Program: Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior and must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen. Financial need is NOT considered; all income levels are encouraged to apply. Multiple winners to be selected. Each award is a non-renewable, one-time award and is to be used exclusively to offset costs and fees related directly to the student’s first year of higher post-secondary education at an accredited institution of the student’s choosing within the US. For more information on specific criteria, application procedures and other available free resources, please visit https://americancollegefoundation.org/ . Deadline: Submissions must be received by May 1, 2020.

Injury Doctor Scholarship: This scholarship is judged and awarded primarily on merit and need and applicant will be required to demonstrate both for this scholarship. Eligible applicants planning on entering the medical field must plan to attend a 4-yr college/university or 2-yr community college by fall semester 2020 ; Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0; Applicants must write a 500 word essay on why they are interested in entering the medical field; Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application. Full details are available by visiting https://www.injuredcalltoday.com/#scholarship-application . Deadline: must be submitted online by June 30, 2020.

Windham-Tolland Retired Teachers Association: Scholarship will be given to a graduating high school senior, in either Windham or Tolland County, who intends to pursue a career in education, hopefully in CT. Application submissions must be postmarked by March 14, 2020.

Big Y Scholarship Program: Big Y Scholarships recognize academic merit and achievement and are open to graduating high school seniors, undergrad and graduate students. Employees, their dependents, customers and their dependents are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, a student’s permanent residence, or school, must be located in Massachusetts or Connecticut. (All employees are eligible regardless of residence). Please visit the scholarship page on their official website at https://www.bigy.com/Community/Scholarships/FAQ (between Nov 1- Feb 1) and click the application link and to review the most up to date information. Only online applications will be accepted. Deadline: Complete online application with required supporting documents must be submitted by February 1, 2020.

The East Hartford Garden Club Scholarship: Andover residents majoring in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Conservation, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Botany and other Allied Subjects are eligible to apply. Application deadline: Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2020.