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/ .

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 .

Finally, there are a large number of search engines- fastweb.com/ , College Board, Scholarships.com, guaranteed-scholarships.com/, School Soup , studentscholarships.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

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when instructed for certain local scholarships listed on this page.


Student Scholarships.org: A variety of Connecticut scholarship opportunities are available by visiting: www.studentscholarships.org

Imagine America High School Scholarship: 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/ .

2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: The program honors students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level. To be eligible, you must be in grades 5-12 as of November 6, 2018, be a legal resident of any U.S. state, have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2017 and submit a completed application to your guidance counselor by November 6, 2018. Complete details are available by visiting https://spirit.prudential.com . Deadline: November 6, 2018.

2018 CHET Advance Scholarship Program: Up to 100 seniors and up to 100 freshmen will be awarded up to $2500 in a CHET 529 college savings account through a random drawing of all eligible students who complete an online application before the program deadline (10/2/2018). Applicants must attend a school located in Connecticut, be home schooled in Connecticut, or attend a school outside of Connecticut if you, your parent or guardian resides in Connecticut. The following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship must be met: For high school seniors: You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above. You must graduate no later than July 1, 2019 and intend to begin an accredited college or university no later than September 30, 2020. For high school freshmen: You must intend to begin college no later than September 30, 2023. Eligibility requirements and full details, including online application (https://aim.applyISTS.net/CHETAdvance ), are available by visiting www.chetadvance.com . Deadline: October 2, 2018.

Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business 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 shu.edu/go/HSPitch . Deadline: October 17, 2018.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs: To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger State or National 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 2019 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, 2018.

CONNECTICUT BAR FOUNDATION JAMES W. COOPER FELLOWS/QUINTIN JOHNSTONE 2018-2019 STATEWIDE HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST: The contest is open to CT high school students, vocational-technical school students, students enrolled in a high school diploma credit program under the age of 21, and high school age home-schooled students. They invite all interested students to submit entries through their school’s teacher or guidance counselor, or, in the case of home-schoolers, through their parent/guardian. The 2018-2019 topic is “Jumping the Gun- Preventing School Violence”. Full criteria and submission information is available by visiting https://www.ctbarfdn.org/essaycontest . Deadline: Postmarked no later than February 22, 2019.

American College Foundation-Visionary Scholarship Program: High school Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who are US citizens or eligible non-citizens are invited to apply. Financial need is NOT considered; all income levels are encouraged to apply. 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, 2019.

The AXA Achievement Scholarship: High school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace and are United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 united states, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico, are eligible to apply. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers and each is ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. The program will be accepting applications until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 14, 2018, whichever comes first. Applications MUST be one of the first 10,000 completed and submitted electronically by the deadline date. Please visit www.axa.com/achievers for application and full details. Deadline: December 14, 2018.