Scholarship Tips

Scholarships are typically based on factors unique to each award. These may include residency, degree program or major, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and in some cases, financial need. Scholarships, unlike grants, are competitive, meaning that eligible applicants compete for a limited number of awards. 

                             RVCC Scholarships available on Award Spring

All students can apply to scholarships through River Valley. Scholarships are one-time financial awards that you do not need to pay back. We list all of our scholarships on Award Spring, which are accessible with your EasyLogin. Award Spring allows each person to find scholarships they are eligible for.

Non-Program Specific Scholarships

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Abbot & Fenner Business Consultants provides scholarship opportunities for those who are ambitious to succeed in various business fields.

Eligibility Criteria: Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. Students must be between the ages of 16 and 30.

Deadline: June 10, 2023

Award Value: $1,000

The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will recieve their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions as well as the school they are currently attending.

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Open to: Undergraduate female students of all majors who are the sole providers for their families.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be able to prove financial need and that they’re the primary provider for themselves and their dependents. They must be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or undergraduate degree program. Applicants must reside in the U.S. or one of Soroptomist’s member countries or territories.

Deadline:  Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 – November 15, annually.

Award Amount and Terms: Local club awards are $1,000, regional-level awards are either $3,000 or $5,000, and 3 national awards of $10,000 also are given. Recipients have the potential to receive up to $16,000 total. Funds can be used to pay for tuition, student loans, reliable childcare, or any expenses that may be interfering with the recipient’s ability to attend school.

How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. Applicants must also submit an essay of 750 words or less related to the challenges they’ve faced and how the award will help them live their dreams.

This is a non-traditional scholarship offered to VERMONT women: residents of the State of Vermont whose principal, long-term job has been homemaking, and who has lost her main source of income because of separation, divorce, widowhood, spousal disability or long-term unemployment.  Award from $500 to $1500.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Have a plan for further education or employment gains. (Be specific.)
  • Have an estimate of the services, and cost thereof, required to meet the above goals.
  • Be prepared for a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Vermont.
  • Personal interview will be mandatory for the finalists the first week of April.

Deadline:  Applications are available beginning in January with a deadline for filing of March 15. 

Contact:  Mail Applications to:

Betty Haggerty

16 Taylor Street

Bellows Falls, VT  05101

Or call:  Betty Haggerty 802.463.4159,

or, email:  [email protected]

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 32nd class in 2020, the Foundation has provided over 6,300 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $72 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Our application is open! 

High School Senior Application

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. In addition to the monetary award, students join a thriving network of nearly 2,800 Cooke Scholars.


An applicant for a JRF Scholarship must be:

  1. A woman, age 35 or older
  2. Low-income
  3. A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  4. Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree.
  5. Enrolled in or accepted to a not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution.

The scholarship fund is designed to recognize the unsung heroes of our region:  those who embody the Rotary ideal or “service above self”.  The successful candidate will have engaged in significant service to his/her community, school, religious organization, or to his/her struggling family.  This service may have come at some cost to his/her academic or extracurricular career; in fact, it may have replaced that career.


  • Any Monadnock Region resident between the ages of 16 to 106.
  • Has been accepted to an accredited institution of further learning or training, and
  • Needs financial support to enroll in that institution.
  • The most important part of applying is to select three (3) people who have seen your community service and who will agree to fill out and return the Applicant Endorsement section of your application.

Deadline:  March 31

Keene Elm City Rotary Scholarship Application

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private non-profit organization with the primary mission of providing financial assistance to Soldiers and their dependents in time of valid emergency need. The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program was established in 1976 as a secondary mission to help Army Families with undergraduate college expenses for their dependent children. The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program funds are limited; therefore scholarship awards are limited.
The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program offers scholarships based on financial need, academics and leadership/achievement for each academic year.

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be full-time undergraduate students for the entire academic year
  • Be dependents of a Soldier on federal active duty, a retiree, or a deceased active or retired Soldier

Deadline: April 1, 2023

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The NHHEAF Network offers $300,000 in scholarships to New Hampshire College students. 

There are four scholarship categories available for students to apply to:

  • Communnity Service Scholarship
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Leadership Scholarship
  • Opportunity Scholarship (first-generation college students)

Students may apply to more than one category, but will only be eligible to receive one. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • NH resident, although may attend college out-of-state
  • Enrolled in college at least half-time
  • Be a returning undergraduate student (non-freshman) in Fall 2023
  • Demonstration of financial need 
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application
  • Prior NHHEAF Scholarship recipients are welcome to reapply, but first-time applicants will be given priority.

NHHEAF Network Scholarship full eligibility criteria & scholarship application

Nursing Scholarships

There are scholarships open to all kinds of nursing students, some with specific specialties, cultural identities, military, etc. 

Open to: undergraduate or graduate nursing students who are employees of or have contributed volunteer service to an American Red Cross unit.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be in good academic standing in a U.S. nursing program, with the equivalent of 1 year of college credits completed. It’s also required to have served as a Red Cross volunteer or employee at least once within the past 5 years.

Deadline: Applications are due in May and applicants are notified in July each year.


Award Amount and Terms: A limited number of $3,000 scholarships are awarded. Scholarship funds may be applied toward tuition, books, and academic fees only.

How to Apply: Complete the on-site application, including the 2-part essay. Part 1 is a description of relevant Red Cross experience; part 2 relates to the applicant’s plans in the nursing field.


Open to: Students who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing and are in financial need.

Application Requirements: In addition to proving financial need, applicants must provide a letter of acceptance into a nursing program or current transcript.

DeadlineApplications for the 2023 – 2024 academic year will be accepted from Monday, November 1, 2022 through Monday, January 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm (EST). 

Award Amount and Terms: A one-time scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to 3 students per year.

How to Apply: Complete the DAR Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship online application. A financial need form must accompany the application.

Open to: First year nursing students enrolled in an RN or LPN program.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Deadline: December 1 for the spring scholarship and May 1 for the fall scholarship.

Award Amount and Terms:  A $250 scholarship is awarded to 1 student each semester.

How to Apply: Review the application instructions. A 200-word essay titled “Why I Want to Be a Nurse” is required. The application, essay, and personal photo must be submitted via mail.

Open to: All U.S. nursing students currently enrolled in a state-approved undergraduate or graduate nursing program.

Application Requirements: Criteria vary depending on guidelines established by the annual scholarship sponser. The scholarship typically emphasizes an area of nursing specialization. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or aliens with U.S. permanent resident status/alien registration numbers.

Deadline: Mid-January; visit the FNSNA website for details.

Award Amount and Terms: Awards range from $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year. Payment is made to the recipient’s school and is used to offset the cost of tuition, academic fees and books only. Unused funds must be returned to FNSNA at the end of the year.

How to Apply: Complete the online application. An enrollment certification form, financial aid certification form, and transcript must accompany the application.

Open to: All nursing students accepted to or enrolled in an accredited diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree nursing program.

Application Requirements: All applicants must be U.S. citizens or a lawful permanent resident, free from any federal judgement liens or existing service commitment, and not overdue on a federal debt. Applicants must also be willing to work at an eligible organization with a critical shortage of nurses when they graduate.

Deadline:  Deadline vary each year. Applicants can sign up on the HRSA website to receive email notifications when the next scholarship cycle opens.

Award Amount and Terms: Awards vary to cover full tuition and related fees, a monthly stipend, and payment for costs such as books, uniforms, and supplies. Acceptance of the award initiates a contract with the federal government to fulfill the service obligation after graduation.

How to Apply: Read the Application Guidance document and apply online. Funding preference is given to applicants with financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants must have a current FAFSA on file.

Open to: Current students in an undergraduate nursing degree program at an accredited college or university, as well as high school students who have been accepted into college and plan to study nursing.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be a legal U.S. resident or hold a student visa, be at least 18 years of age, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Deadline: Beginning of August; visit the scholarship website for details.

Award Amount and Terms: A one-time payment of $1,000 is paid to the recipient’s student account.

How to Apply: Complete the online application. Applicants must also submit an essay based on the current scholarship writing prompt.

Open to: First-time undergraduate students with at least 1 semester completed in a U.S. nursing school.

Application Requirements: The applicant must be a legal U.S. resident, be at least 18 years of age, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Deadline: October; visit the TravelNurseSource website for details.

Award Amount and Terms: A 1-time award of $2,000 is paid directly to the educational institution and is applied to the recipient’s current tuition.

How to Apply: In addition to an application, applicants must submit a 30-second to 1-minute self-made video. The video must address why the applicant wants to become a nurse and the impact the scholarship award would have on their educational goals.

Open to: Nontraditional, full-time students pursuing undergraduate, associate, or bachelor’s degrees in nursing are eligible.

Application Requirements: Nontraditional students are those who postponed the pursuit of a college degree after high school or had their college careers interrupted, and instead entered the workforce or military, or fulfilled a family or non-profit obligation. Applicants must have at least a 3-year gap between high school and enrollment in a college or university to qualify. Past winners and applicants can reapply each year.

Deadline: End of March; visit the B4 Brands website for details.

Award Amount and Terms: A one-time award of $1,000 are made payable to the recipient’s educational institution for the upcoming fall semester.

How to Apply: Download the application on the B4 Brands website and return the completed form together with all additional documentation. Applicants are also required to submit 2 letters of recommendation and an essay.

Open to: Undergraduate or graduate women enrolled in a program leading to a degree in medicine or health sciences.

Application Requirements: Applicants must provide proof of community service.

Deadline: February 1

Award Amount and Terms: Scholarship award varies from $500 to $1,000. Funds are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university.

How to Apply: Complete the online application. Applicants must also submit an essay of 150 words or more addressing their community activities, educational goals, and aspirations. Documentation of community service activities and a W-2 form are also required.

Open to: Female students in their freshman or sophomore year of a nursing degree program.

Application Requirements: Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A minimum of 3 qualified applicants must complete the application process for the scholarship to be awarded.

Deadline: Deadlines vary each year. Visit the Stephen Bufton website for details.

Award Amount and Terms: National scholarships are awarded each year in the amounts of $5,000–$10,000.

How to Apply: Complete the online application.

Open to: Male students actively enrolled in an accredited nursing program.

Application Requirements: All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old at the time of application. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding character, ability, and confidence in nursing.

Deadline: Early August; visit the website for details.

Award Amount and Terms: A one-time award of $500 is paid to the recipient’s school. The recipient must participate in 2 brief interviews with a representative from The first interview occurs at the time of the award and the second occurs 6 months later.

How to Apply: Complete the online application. Applicants must also complete an essay in response to a writing prompt.

Open to: Active duty, honorably discharged, retired, National Guard, or Reserve members who are currently enrolled or accepted in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited postsecondary institution are eligible.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have completed basic training and follow-on training. Only those military members separated with or currently holding a military rank of E-5 or below can apply. Applicants must also have a financial need.

Deadline: April 30 for the fall scholarship and November 15 for the spring scholarship.

Award Amount and Terms: Awards are valued at $5,000. Funds are paid directly to the school and must be used for school tuition and fees.

How to Apply: Complete the online application. A current FAFSA report must also be filed.

Open to: Undergraduate and graduate nursing students enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year nursing program who are at least a quarter American Indian and enrolled in a tribe. Applicants not enrolled in a tribe who can prove direct tribal ancestry will be considered.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be in good academic standing in pre-nursing or a healthcare or health education program. Students pursuing associate degrees must expect to graduate in 2 years, while those pursuing bachelor’s degrees must graduate in 4 years. Applicants must also prove financial need and a career goal directly related to the needs of the Native American people. Recipients of an Indian Health Service Scholarship are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: June 1 for the fall scholarship and December 1 for the spring scholarship.

Award Amount and Terms: Winners receive $1,500 per semester. Once accepted, students can reapply for funds each semester as long as they remain in good academic standing. Funds are paid directly to the recipient’s school to be used for tuition, books, and educational program fees.

How to Apply: Complete the online application and submit required documents online.

This scholarship is to provide financial support to persons accepted into, or currently enrolled in, an undergraduate or graduate program of nursing education.  Four (4) $500.00 scholarships will be awarded annually.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A resident of New Hampshire
  • Provide a copy of a letter of acceptance to an accredited program of nursing education, or a copy of the applicant’s most recent grades from the Program of Nursing Education in which the applicant is currently enrolled.

Include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or instructor, if presently in school, or from the applicant’s current employer.  If the applicant is neither in school nor presently employed, a letter of recommendation from some other appropriate individual will be considered acceptable.

Submit a 250-word essay regarding the applicant’s choice of a nursing career. Why does the applicant choose this profession and what qualities does the applicant possess that will help the applicant succeed

Deadline:  Applications must be received by August 30th of each year. Awards will be granted at the September meeting of the Full Board. Late applications may be considered if the minimum four awards have not been made for that application cycle.



Alice M. Yarnold & Samuel Yarnold Scholarship


College students and other individuals who are residents of the State of New Hampshire and who are in the process of post-secondary education, may be eligible to apply to the Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust. Applications will not be accepted from graduating high school seniors The scholarships to be awarded are anticipated to range from $1 ,000.00 to $5,000.00 annually, over a one-to-four year period.

The will of Samuel Yarnold sets forth various criteria to be used in the award of scholarships including:

  1. Individuals pursuing post-secondary school education in the fields ofnursing, medicine, or social work, but due to financial circumstances may be unable or restricted from pursuing such education.
  2. Applicants must be New Hampshire residents, with the intention of working in New Hampshire.

To be eligible for this scholarship award the individual must:

  1. Complete and submit the attached application to the Trustees of the Scholarship Trust.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and submit the form to the Federal Student Aid Programs. Within four weeks, you will receive a Student Aid Report in the mail. Please submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (which states the expected family contribution) to the Trustees.
  3. Have your technical school or college submit a certified copy of your latest school or college transcript. Your application will not be considered unless the certified transcript is received by June 15, 2022.
  4. Submit two Letters of Recommendation, at least one of which is from a professor or instructor at your current school or college.

The deadline for the completed application is June 15 2022. Applications postmarked after June 15 2022 will not be considered. You must send the application materials to Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust, c/o Stephen H. Roberts, Trustee, 127 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801. Scholarship awards will be determined by the trustees and announced in the fall.



Please include a certified copy of your most recent Technical School, College or University transcript. DO NOT SEND SEPARATELY!


Two recommendations must be included as part of your application. At least one recommendation must be from a professor or instructor at the technical school, college, or university where you are currently enrolled.


You must complete the preliminary financial information request on page 2 of this application or submit a copy of your parents [if you are claimed as a dependent] and your own 2020 federal tax return [without schedules] AND a financial aid application form (FAFSA). The Student Aid Report (SAR) that you subsequently receive following submission of the FAFSA must be filed with your application no later than June 15, 2021 for your application to be considered in the 2021-2022 award cycle.


Submit to:

Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust c/o Stephen H. Roberts, Trustee
127 Parrott Ave.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Download and complete application:
Alice M Yarnold & Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust Application 

STEM Scholarships

The following scholarships focus on Science Programs, Tech Programs like IT, Networking or Cyber-security, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Are you an active military member or veteran enrolled in a Tech Program like IT, Networking, or Cybersecurity? This scholarship was established to preserve Jeff’s legacy and unwavering commitment to members of our military. He also believed technology could be transformational – both in its use and as a career. Consider applying for the Jeff Sessions Memorial Scholarship.

Open to: High school seniors, undergraduate students, community college students transferring to 4-year universities, and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. All majors and graduate fields are accepted, with an emphasis on STEM majors.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited, non-profit, 4-year university or graduate school during the fall of a scholarship cycle. High school students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, while college and graduate students must have a minimum of 2.5 Applications are open to U.S. citizens, permanent legal residents, and DACA or eligible non-citizens (as defined by FAFSA). The awards are based on merit.

Deadline: Early April; visit the HSF website for details.

Award Amount and Terms: Award amounts range from $500 to $5,000.

How to Apply: Complete the online profile for application.

Business and/or Accounting Program Scholarships

These scholarships are specific to students who are currently enrolled in a business or accounting program.

This is a one-time issuance and is not automatically renewable. Funds are limited to tuition, books and fees. ABWA members or individuals who are related to members of the ABWA may apply.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Women who are citizen of the US and a resident of NH
  • First or Second Year college level in August
  • Attending or have been accepted at a licensed or accredited vocational, technical school or community college that is authorized to confer degrees at least at the associate level.
  • Achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be one of the first 20 eligible applications received.

Deadline: Please check back after October 15, 2022 for scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year.


Send completed application & associated documents to:

The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund

ABWA National Headquarters

9100 Ward Parkway

PO Box 8728

Kansas City, MO  64114-0728

This $1,000 scholarship is for women who are returning to college from the work force and/or after raising children. Student must have a commitment to achieve a goal of pursuing a degree in Accounting, after receiving the award we will also require evidence of continued commitment. Recipient must provide written updates to the committee at end of scholarship year on progress made toward professional/personal goals and the impact the scholarship had on her life. For more information go to:


OR contact Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting, PO Box 1925, Southeastern, PA 19399. FAX 610-644-3713

Open to undergraduate students only, who are majoring in accounting with a B or better average, enrolled in a degree program at and accredited 2 or 4 year business school, college or university.


Students who are serving in the NH Army National Guard may qualify for Federal Tuition Assistance, National Guard Scholarships and a Tuition Waiver of all or a portion of tuition charges through this program.  Guard members should contact their commanding officer/unit

Administrator or NHARNG Education Services Officer for more details about this program or to obtain a TAG form 621-1, NHARNG Tuition Waiver Application.

This program is administered by Student Financial Services in conjunction with the NH Army National Guard.  Students must apply for federal student aid.

For more information, contact the Army National Guard at 1-800-GO-GUARD.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the largest provider of publicly available scholarships in New Hampshire, awarding over $5 million to 1,700 promising students each year.  New Hampshire residents pursuing undergraduate or graduate study at approved institutions or post secondary education are eligible to apply for scholarships (Career Aid for Technical Students, The Medallion Fund, Citizens Bank High School Achievement Award, STEM Scholars Program, etc.)

Information, applications and deadlines are available from the

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Student Aid Program,

37 Pleasant Street

Concord, NH  03301

  Phone #:  603.225.6641 or 1.800.464.1700;



Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence in the two-year colleges since 1918 and has become the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world.  If you would like more information about joining and the scholarship opportunities that are available, log on to for additional information.

Massage Program Scholarships

The AMTA-NH Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for four (4) candidates to receive a one-time award of either $800.00, $700.00 and two awards of $500.00 (2).  The total monetary amount of each Scholarship Award is comprised of the following: a paid one-year student or graduate level AMTA membership and the remaining gift balance applied toward the Award recipient’s student financial account.

Applications submitted via electronic mail (e-mail) will NOT be accepted. 

Questions and comments regarding the AMTA-NH Scholarship Program and/or this application process may be directed to:

Lisa Angione

Scholarship Committee Chair

(603) 714-8840

Early Childhood Education Scholarships

The field of education is constantly growing and evolving to meet the needs of the children who are our future.

CCSNH partners with the NH Department of Health & Human Services to offer tuition assistance to child-care providers who are entering or are currently in the field of Early Care and Education.  Individuals who provide family child care, or work at least part-time in a child care setting in New Hampshire, may be eligible to receive tuition assistance for Early Childhood Education courses offered through CCSNH/RVCC.

Deadline:  Applications will be processed on Mondays, beginning four (4) weeks before the start of the semester and ending after the drop/add period for the semester.


The Child Care Workforce Grant (CCWG) for $15,000,000 is to finance recruitment and retention bonus and benefit grants for New Hampshire Child Care Programs as defined in New Hampshire House Bill 2.

More information about the Child Care Workforce Grant.


These scholarships fully cover 85-95% of tuition for all qualifying programs as well as funding towards books, release time and travel & internet access for classes.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® New Hampshire (T.E.A.C.H. NH) provides comprehensive scholarships to enable early educators to take coursework leading to credentials and degrees by making it possible for them to afford both the time and expense of going to school.


Scholarships Available