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.


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.

Seton Hall University’s Sustainable Development Challenge: The United Nations has set 17 sustainable development goals to help end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Seton Hall is challenging high school students to be part of the solution! The challenge is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors- essay is required. Full details are available by visiting shu.edu/go/UNchallenge . Submissions must be received by Sunday, March 3, 2019 at midnight.

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, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a history of part-time employment. Complete information and eligibility criteria can be found by visiting www.phillips-scholarship.org - please note that the new application will be posted on the website in December 2018. Deadlines: Early Response Option is due by noon April 3, 2019 and New High School Application is due by noon May 1, 2019.

The 2019-2020 CT Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (formerly CT Governor’s Scholarship Program): If you are interested in applying for this scholarship please contact your guidance counselor by February 5, 2019 in order to 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 2019-2020 FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov) no later than February 15, 2019. 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.
  • When entering student’s information, please make sure the student’s name is typed correctly and that their social security number and birth date is correct.
  • Student award notifications will be sent to the email address the student entered on their FAFSA by August 1, 2018.

Big Y Scholarship Program: All Big Y scholarships recognize academic merit and achievement. They are awarded to the most academically outstanding students in the Big Y market area. To be eligible, a student’s permanent residence or school must be located within Massachusetts or Connecticut, however, all Big Y employees are eligible regardless of their residence. A complete online application with required supporting documents is available by visiting https://www.bigy.com/Community/Scholarships. Deadline: must be submitted by February 1, 2019.

The RHAM Youth Football & Cheer Scholarship: This scholarship provides financial support to one former RHAM Youth Football player and one Cheerleader recognizing their years of participation in the organization and the impact it had on their growth. Eligibility: Former RHAM Youth Football player and Cheerleader graduating this year. Please email your completed application to hjsummerer@sbcglobal.net . Deadline: November 16, 2018.

Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Opportunity: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Full details are available by visiting https://www.jkcf.org/ . Deadline: November 20, 2019.

The East Hartford Garden Club Scholarship: Andover residents majoring in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Conservation, Forestry, Environmental Concerns, Botany and other Allied Subjects are eligible to apply. Application deadline: Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2019.

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 http://www.hfpgscholarships.org/Scholarship/Search/ViewScholarship/tabid/346/Default.aspx?xfer=535 . Deadline: Must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2019. 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.

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity: This 4-year scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors in CT who are exceptionally innovative and creative problem-solvers and who plan to attend college (anywhere is the U.S.). Full details and online application can be found by visiting www.rbffoundation.org. Deadline: May 1, 2019.

Computer Science Scholarships at CCSU, MCC, and TCC: In the Fall semester of 2018, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Manchester Community College (MCC), and Tunxis Community College (TCC) began offering scholarships to qualified students enrolled in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics (CSMP) programs. This grant funds a significant number of scholarships for freshmen coming to CCSU to study Computer Science. Through this scholarship program, students can receive up to $10,000/year for up to four years. Additionally, Manchester and Tunxis Community Colleges will have scholarships for incoming freshmen who are planning to study CS and then transfer to CCSU to complete a 4-year degree, where their scholarship can be continued. Full details about this scholarship program, including criteria and application, are available by visiting https://www.ccsu.edu/csmp/ .Deadlines: April 1, 2019 (CCSU), August 26, 2019 (MCC/TCC). To receive full consideration, applicants should have their application for admission and financial aid submitted to CCSU, MCC, or TCC at the time of applying for scholarship.