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10 Vermont Scholarships to Save You Thousands on College

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Home to several top colleges and universities, Vermont has a lot to offer in terms of educational opportunities. If you’re a resident of this quintessential New England state, you’re also eligible to win a host of scholarships to help fund your education.

 

10 Vermont Scholarships

 

1. Anderson Scholarship

 

Amount: $2,000-$4,000

Deadline: February 11

Eligibility: Must be seeking a certificate or associate degree in a technical field; must demonstrate financial need

Application Requirements: Unified Scholarship Application, FAFSA, recommendation letter, essay

 

Based on financial need and a demonstrated desire to achieve skills to support the Vermont economy, this scholarship helps Vermont students attain a certificate or associate degree. The award is granted for 1-2 years and is renewable for up to one additional year.

 

2. Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

 

Amount: N/A

Deadline: May 2

Eligibility: Must be a New England state resident who is enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program; must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and work part-time

Application Requirements: Proof of financial need (e.g. SAR), recommendation letters, application

 

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree for the first time are eligible to earn this scholarship, based on academic achievement, a commitment to serving others, a strong work ethic, and leadership qualities. They should demonstrate skilled writing and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society. 

 

3. Samara Fund Scholarships

 

Amount: $750-$1,000 (varies by year)

Deadline: February 11

Eligibility: Must be a graduating high school senior or receiving a GED

Application Requirements: Unified Application (VSAC)

 

The Samara Scholarship was created to celebrate students who oppose discrimination and prejudice and stand for the elimination of homophobia, through personal experience and/or public commitments. Applicants must plan to pursue formal education in any area.

 

4. Vermont State Grange Scholarships

 

Amount: $500-$1,000

Deadline: N/A

Eligibility: Varies; must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement

Application Requirements: Unified Application (VSAC)

 

The Vermont State Grange Educational Aid Fund offers several scholarships, including an Educational Scholarship and Agricultural Scholarship. They are awarded based on factors like academic achievement, financial need, and community involvement.

 

5. Elizabeth J. Davis Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,000-$3,000

Deadline: February 11

Eligibility: Students pursuing a degree in a health care profession at a certified college; must demonstrate financial need

Application Requirements: 2 essays, application (contact VSAC), recommendation letter

 

The Elizabeth J. Davis Scholarship was created to assist home care professionals in their pursuit of a bachelor, graduate, or associate degree in a health field. Upon earning their degree, recipients must work in home care in Vermont for a minimum of two years. 

 

6. Agricultural Service Board Bursary

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: N/A

Eligibility: Must attend an agriculture-related post-secondary program and be a Leduc County resident

Application Requirements: Application form, proof of acceptance into a post-secondary program, essay

 

Each year, the Agricultural Service Board Bursary awards five scholarships to students who are enrolled in an agriculture-related program. As part of their application, students should submit an essay describing their future aspirations and how their education will support these goals.

 

7. Jennie Johnson Scholarship

 

Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadline: February 11 

Eligibility: Essex or Orleans County residents who intend to reside and work in Vermont post-graduation; must demonstrate financial need

Application Requirements: Unified Scholarship Application, FAFSA, recommendation letter, transcript, essay

 

The Jennie Jonson Scholarship was created to honor the memory of an artist and beloved postmaster. Recipients should enroll in college for at least three-quarter time and demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. 

 

8. PedsOne Youth Service Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: February 11

Eligibility: Must be a current high school senior with demonstrated financial need

Application Requirements: Unified Scholarship Application, Essay, recommendation letter, transcript, FAFSA

 

This scholarship assists students who have demonstrated leadership in community service and a commitment to improving the lives of children. Applicants should be planning on seeking an undergraduate and/or experiences that will support future youth-related work.

 

9. Norman and Cecile Leduc Memorial Scholarship

 

Amount: $750

Deadline: February 11

Eligibility: Must be a current high school senior residing in Franklin or Grand Isle County; must demonstrate financial need and attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding

Application Requirements: Unified Scholarship Application, FAFSA, 2 recommendation letters, essay, transcript

 

Honoring the lives of Normal and Cecile Leduc, this scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. Students must also demonstrate community service leadership outside of school activities (preference is given to those who participate in activities with religious groups).

 

10. Bill Marcus Student Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 3

Eligibility: College students pursuing a degree in journalism/media

Application Requirements: Transcript, letter of recommendation, proof of enrollment for the coming fall, proof of residency, essay, work samples

 

Open to college students pursuing a degree in journalism or working toward a career in media, this scholarship recognizes talented students in the field with a first-place $1,000 award and second-place $500 award. Applicants must submit an essay explaining their desire to pursue a career in journalism and work samples from their reporting.

 

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Tips for Applying for Scholarships

 

1. Start with institutional awards.

 

Your college or university is your best source of financial aid. Many highly selective schools even employ a no-loan policy when offering awards, so you won’t even need to pay them back after graduation. If your package falls short, you can fill in the gaps with outside scholarships like those listed above.

 

2. Focus on niche scholarships.

 

Niche awards, like those on this list, are generally easier to secure than ones that attract wider audiences. So, focus on awards geared toward people in your location (like those above), of your demographics, or with your interests or ambitions.

 

3. Start early — and keep applying.

 

We recommend starting to look for scholarships as early as freshman year, so you’ll have mapped out your strategy by college season. You can apply for as many scholarships as you want; just keep in mind that they may affect your institution-based financial aid.


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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn with her demigod/lab mix Hercules. She specializes in education, technology and career development. She also writes satire and humor, which has appeared in Slackjaw, Points in Case, Little Old Lady Comedy, Jane Austen’s Wastebasket, and Funny-ish. View her work and get in touch at: www.lauraberlinskyschine.com.