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 different types of scholarships in their catalog and information on their directory page, that are available to students who reside in the 29 Greater Hartford Region (RHAM students qualify). Please note that the renewable Hartford Foundation College Scholarship Program submission deadline is on or before 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 15, 2020. Please check individual submission and criteria information for all other scholarships in the catalog. *Applicants complete one application to be eligible for one award (which is renewable over 4 years).

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 specified for certain local scholarships listed below.**


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

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.

The 2020-2021 CT Roberta B. Willis Ned-Merit Scholarship Program (formerly CT Governor’s Scholarship Program): If you are interested in applying for this scholarship please contact your school counselor as soon as possible to begin the application process, but no later than January 31, 2019 , in order for her submit the application on your behalf. Please note the specific guidelines:

  • The program requires eligible CT resident high school students to rank in the top 20 percent of their junior year class (upon graduation for all others) and/or have a combined score of 1200 or better on the SAT or have an ACT score of 25 or better.
  • To qualify for the need-based requirement, students must have a federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below our annual maximum EFC cutoff of $10,999 to be considered for an award. This information is available by submitting a 2020-2021 FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov) no later than February 15, 2020. Students must list an eligible Connecticut institution on the FAFSA for award consideration.
  • In order to qualify for an award, students must ultimately attend an eligible Connecticut public or private, not-for-profit institution of higher education.
  • Student award notifications will be sent to the email address the student entered on their FAFSA by August 1, 2020.

2019 El Dabe Ritter Scholarship: This scholarship is available to any high school senior in the United States, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and will be enrolled in an accredited university in the USA. In order to apply for this scholarship, you need to write a 500+ word essay on ‘why having a higher education is important’. Full details can be found on the application by visiting https://www.personalinjurylawyerslosangeles.com/#scholarship . Deadline: June 30, 2020.

Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund: The Fund offers renewable, 4-year scholarships to students who are permanent residents of New England with financial need who will attend college in the United States. Successful candidates are those who display academic achievement (must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to be considered), commitment to serving others (in school, in the community or at home), good character, leadership qualities, and a consistent history of part-time employment. Complete information and eligibility criteria can be found by visiting www.phillips-scholarship.org . Deadlines: Early Response Option is due by noon April 3, 2020 and Regular Application is due by noon May 1, 2020.

The Justin Wisniewski Firefighters Scholarship Fund: In keeping with Justin’s life example, the scholarship is based totally on volunteerism. To be eligible for the scholarship you must be a CT Firefighter, or the spouse, child, grandchild or sibling of a CT Firefighter. Please visit www.ride4justin.com for more information and to download the application. Deadline is April 1, 2020.

Connecticut Nurserymen’s Foundation, Inc. Horticultural Scholarships: CNF will be awarding 3 scholarships to spring 2020 graduating CT resident students who are accepted into a course of study beneficial to the Horticultural Industry: The Lud and Marie Hoffman Scholarship, The Howard Jennings Scholarship, and The Michael Johnson Scholarship. Applications and full details/criteria are available by visiting www.ctnursery.org Deadlines: March 2, 2020 or March 4, 2020.

Education.com From Classroom to Classroom Scholarship: High school seniors pursuing an education-related degree are eligible. To apply, complete the online scholarship application at https://www.education.com/scholarships/ and submit a short essay. Scholarship winners will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool. Deadline: June 30, 2020.

The Miracle League of CT Peter Ladd/Johnny Moran Memorial Scholarship: Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student, from an accredited Connecticut High School, who contributes to their community through volunteer service to organizations that serve children or adults who have intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities . The volunteer service can be to any organization and is not limited to service for The Miracle League of CT or Miracle League of Southeastern CT. All applicants must be enrolled or accepted at an accredited 2 or 4 year college and plan to be enrolled full time in the fall semester of 2020. Immediate and extended family members of the Miracle League of CT Board of Directors, Advisory Board, or the Ladd and Moran families are not eligible to apply. Full details and applications are available by visiting http://www.miracleleaguect.org/scholarship . Deadline: All applications must be postmarked by April 24, 2020.

CT State USBC Association Scholar of the Year Awards: Applicant shall be USBC member that holds a current youth membership OR at least one of the applicant’s Parents OR at least one of the applicant’s grandparents is currently a sanctioned member of the CT State USBC Association. The student must be a senior who is entering an institution of higher learning in the summer or fall semester following graduation from a Connecticut High School. Finalists will be interviewed by the scholarship committee. Applications with full details are available by visiting http://ctstateusbcassociation.org/ (click on 'Scholar of the Year' from the menu then choose 'application'). Winners should plan to attend the Youth Awards Festival in June 2020. Deadline: All documentation must be postmarked by March 18, 2020.

Professional Women In Construction, CT Chapter: Applicant must be currently enrolled in or entering into a two-year or four-year college undergraduate program or graduate program to study a construction-related discipline (for example: construction management, architecture, civil, mechanical, structural or electrical engineering, interior design, landscape design). Students may be attending a college or university on a full-time or part-time basis. Please visit https://www.pwcusa.org/chapters/about-connecticut/connecticut-scholarship/ to access full details and application. Deadline: all required documents must be completed and uploaded no later than Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:00pm (EST).

Journalism Education Foundation of New England Scholarship: The New England Newspaper and Press Association awards up to 10 scholarships each year to aspiring journalists through the Journalism Education Foundation of New England. College students or high school seniors who are studying and acquiring work experience that will prepare them to work in the field of journalism are eligible to apply. To qualify students must:

  1. Be a resident of New England
  2. Be a senior in high school planning to attend college the following year or an undergraduate college student studying journalism or a related field
  3. Have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  4. Demonstrate a serious interest in a career in journalism by sending:
  • a cover letter, transcript, resume or biography, letter of recommendation, AND
  • a body of published work in a school news publication, general circulation newspaper, or a similar publication AND/OR
  • a body of work prepared for a journalism class

PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to sign in to Google to upload documents. Application deadline: March 27, 2020.

The Glenn Moon Scholarship- Association of Retired Teachers of CT: All CT residents who will be 2020 graduates of secondary schools in CT are eligible to apply, IF they are committed to pursuing a career in the field of education. Students MUST use the 2020 online application which can be found by visiting www.artct.org. Be sure to click on the directions for the application. Deadline: Postmarked no later than March 31, 2020. RHAM’s Committee Representative: Eileen O’Reilly, 400 N Main St. #14, Manchester, CT 06042.

Alpha Delta Kappa Connecticut Scholarship: Applicants must be female students entering college in the fall of 2020; must be majoring in education or a related field; and must be a CT resident. Full details are available on the application. Deadline: Application and accompanying documents must be received by March 15, 2020.

2020 Isidore Wise Scholarship Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center: Scholarships will be awarded to eligible high school students who will be completing their senior year in 2020 and attending an accredited post-secondary undergraduate institution in the fall. Only students who are past or present patients (inpatient or outpatient) of Connecticut Children’s locations or former students of the CCMC School may apply. Scholarship application form and instructions for completion can be found at https://connecticutchildrensfoundation.org/get-involved/patient-families/scholarships/ . Deadline is March 6, 2020.

Dominion Nuclear Connecticut Millstone Power Station Engineering Technology Scholarships: For students who will start full time starting with the fall 2020 Semester in the Nuclear Engineering Technology program at Three Rivers Community College. Dominion will award up to sixteen two-year scholarships, each of which includes: Tuition and fees; Books; TI 89 Graphing Calculator; Monthly stipend; 12-week paid summer internship (see Other Benefits for more details); Free student membership in three professional societies. Further details and online application are available on the TRCC website at http://www.threerivers.edu/admissions/how-to-enroll/financial-aid-scholarships/scholarships/dominion-nuclear-scholarships/ . Deadline: February 15, 2020.

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, CT Affiliate: Graduating Seniors, who will be majoring in a FCS related area or in FCS education in college, may apply. To download the application, please visit https://www.aafcs.org/ctaafcs/home and select About our Affiliate; CT AAFCS Awards & Scholarships; Student Scholarship. Deadline: March 15, 2020.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International: Students applying for the following grants must be residents of CT, who are graduating seniors in CT high schools, and are entering a teacher education program in the fall that is appropriate for teacher certification in CT. The Elizabeth Sonier Grant: Senior planning to pursue a career in Music Education. The Hannah Griswold Grant: A minority senior planning to pursue a career in Education. The Lee P. Formica Grant: Senior entering a teacher education program. The Margaret Rose Nielsen Grant: Senior planning to pursue a degree in a teacher education program in Math, Science, or Technology. Applications and full details are available by visiting www.dkgct.weebly.com/grants.html . Deadline: Must be postmarked by April 10, 2020 and mailed to Sue Carpenter, 79 Knox Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759.

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Connecticut Scholarship Program: Four scholarships are available to students who are interested in a construction career: The Angelo Giardini Scholarship ($5,000 for two years, $2,500 each year); The Michael Timura Scholarship ($5,000 for two years, $2,500 each year); The Young Contractors Forum Scholarship ($1,000 for one year); The AGC of Connecticut Foundation Scholarship ($1,000 for one year). Applicants must be Connecticut residents enrolled in, or graduating high school seniors applying for and planning to enter, a four-year building and construction technology or civil engineering program, or entering a two-year technical school with a construction course of study, with the intent of entering a four-year accredited college upon completion of the technical school. Applicants must desire a career in construction. Applications must be submitted on-line via https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/63810-Agc-Of-Connecticut- . Deadline: February 28, 2020.