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). *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: GoingMerry.com ; fastweb.com ; College Board; Scholarships.com; scholarsapp.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

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when specified for certain local scholarships listed below.**


John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest: By submitting an original essay describing a leader who demonstrated political courage as described by President Kennedy in his book, Profiles in Courage, students, in grades nine through twelve, can win one of 15 scholarship awards for college. Full details, including eligibility and requirements, are available by visiting https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest/getting-started . The contest deadline is January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST).

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. You can access additional contest information, the entry form, and rules and regulations by visiting https://www.ccm-ct.org/LocoolGov . Deadline: All entries are due by October 23, 2020.

Honors Graduation Design a Better Future Scholarship: This scholarship is a design-thinking, community-improvement project. You must be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a US-based university, college, or trade school to continue your education. There are no citizenship requirements. Additionally, students must have met all of the requirements described on their website https://www.honorsgraduation.com/graduation-scholarship.htm . Deadline: Submit your design thinking project work by June 28, 2021 11:59 MST (see FAQ’s & Details page on their website for link and details on submission requirements). Mailed applications must be postmarked by that deadline.

The American Legion–Department of Connecticut District 4-Scholarship: Applicants must be a child, grandchild or sibling of a veteran, living or deceased or A child or sibling of an active-duty member of the Armed Forces or A child, grandchild or sibling of a former Armed Forces member deceased while on active duty or as a result thereof. Also, applicant must be a graduating senior who is a resident of District 4 – Windham & Tolland Counties (Andover and Hebron/Amston), regardless of high school or homeschool setting. The awards are considered for applicants who will be enrolling in a two-year or four-year college, university, or technical college or school leading to either an associate or baccalaureate degree or a technical college or school certificate of completion. Full details are available on the application. Deadline: Applications with supporting documents must be received by the Scholarship Chairman by April 15, 2021. *Please note that your S1 transcript is required to be submitted with your application. It will be available in February once S1 has closed and transcripts have been updated.*

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 and check out the FAQ section 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, 2021.

The 2021-2022 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 February 4, 2021 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). 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 1st.

The PB&J Scholarship: This scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges (examples: medical, peer or family issues) that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed. Applicants will be evaluated based on their essay and letters of recommendation; there is no GPA requirement. Please visit https://pbjscholarship.org/ for more information and application link. (To apply you must create a Scholars App account). Deadline: May 31, 2021.

The James L. and Genevieve H. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship will provide financial aid, depending on need, to students who are residents of Connecticut and are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate curriculum in Silviculture or Forest Resource Management. Annual scholarships will be awarded to a limited number of students for post-secondary education. The college the applicant will attend must be accredited to provide a post-secondary educational experience by the appropriate public agency in the state or country in which the institution is located. Full details and applications are available by visiting https://www.hfpgscholarships.org/Scholarship/Search/ViewScholarship/tabid/346/Default.aspx?xfer=627 . Deadline: Must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2021. Please note: An aim of the selection committee is to maintain personal contact with the recipients of James L. Goodwin Scholarships. In furtherance of this goal, any student receiving a scholarship is expected to communicate in writing at least twice a year with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. The object of this is to provide an informal account of the student's progress and any special circumstances bearing on financial need. Students are also expected to arrange with the college for a copy of their semester grade report to be forwarded to the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. Consideration for renewal of the scholarship is dependent on each student's file including the items noted in this paragraph and submission of a renewal application.

2021 Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest: The CT Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is planning to host an oration contest this spring. Contest is open to all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution. The preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level. Students may potentially advance to the state or national levels where scholarships and cash prizes are awarded. Here is the link for a program description: https://www.sar.org/joseph-s-rumbaugh-historical-oration-contest/ . Here is the link for the state society where the program notice will be posted sometime in December or January https://www.connecticutsar.org/ .

Distinguished Young Women of CT: This program is for high school girls of any grade level. Scholarships are available in two ways: cash tuition scholarships (which can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning) and college-granted scholarships (over 100 colleges and universities offer scholarships to program participants – several scholarships are available just for taking part in a local or state program). In order to qualify for or win any of the scholarships offered by Distinguished Young Women, you must participate in a program for your area. After you apply, the program you would participate in first, which is determined by where you live, will be in touch with the details of participation for their program. Contestants must compete in all of these categories: Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Scholastics (25%), Fitness (15%) and Self-Expression (15%). Full details and application are available by visiting https://distinguishedyw.org/scholarships/. Application has a flexible deadline, however, the sooner the application is submitted the more time the student has to prepare for the competition that is typically held in early March.

Connecticut Nurserymen’s Foundation, Inc. Horticultural Scholarships: CNF will be awarding 3 scholarships to spring 2021 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: Applications must be received by March 1, 2021.

The Connecticut Building Congress Scholarship Fund: (CBCSF) will be offering scholarships to graduating Connecticut high school students entering college-level programs in architecture, construction-related engineering, construction management, surveying, planning or other courses of study leading to associate, baccalaureate, or masters degrees in the construction field. The awards will be given for academic merit, extracurricular activities, potential and financial need. The scholarships may be renewable each year based on performance in school and available resources. Electronic versions of the application are from the Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) website at: http://www.cbc-ct.org/CBC_Scholarship. Deadline: Completed applications with all the necessary information and attachments must be received by March 05, 2021.