LOCAL SOURCES OF FINANCIAL AID FOR
GRADUATING SENIORS AT
VERGENNES UNION HIGH SCHOOL
Department of Guidance and School Counseling
Vergennes Union High School
Vergennes, Vermont 05491
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS:
• Applications for scholarships and/or awards listed in this booklet are available online at www.vuhs.org, select the Guidance tab and then select the Local Scholarship tab, click on the title of the scholarship to access the application. Paper applications are available in the Guidance Office. All scholarships have an application online with the exception of those noted in their description.
• Please read each scholarship description for eligibility information and only apply for those you qualify for.
• Complete the scholarship applications online. Print your essay on the front of the scholarship application and if necessary, flip the page over and continue printing on the back. Applications are not accepted online and MUST be printed. Print the application and bring it to the Guidance Office when completed.
• If you do not have internet access at home, you may use the computers in the Guidance Office or get paper applications from us.
• Additional pages MUST be stapled to the application, please keep additional pages to a minimum.
• The number and amount of scholarships and/or awards are subject to change. All applications and letters are due back to Guidance Office on or before Wednesday, April 4, 2012. NO EXCEPTIONS!
ADDISON NORTHWEST TEACHERS ASSOCIATION FINANCIAL GRANT
The Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association provides a financial grant to a member of the graduating class who intends to major in Education. One award of $500 will be administered by the awards committee of A.N.T.A. on the basis of scholarship and need.
THE WILLIAM G. ALLEN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
The purpose of The William G. Allen College Scholarships is to provide scholarships to two Vergennes Union High School graduating seniors to help defray costs of a four-year college or university program of study. The scholarships will be awarded to students who will major in engineering or the physical sciences, and/or students who will pursue a course of study directed toward public administration, political science, and/or government service.
Two $1,250 scholarships will be awarded. Students will be selected on the basis of their intended college major, as well as scholastic ability and achievement in high school - with the expectation that their good academic achievement will continue at the college level.
Payment will be made directly to the college second semester of one's freshman year after the recipient has furnished acceptable proof of continued enrollment at the same college and in the same major that was designated by the applicant at the time he/she was named to be the recipient of the award.
ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP - EVA MEIGS/STUART COTEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Up to five $500 scholarships are made available by the Vergennes High/Union High School Alumni Association to help deserving members of the graduating class of VUHS defray the cost of the first year at a two- or four-year college or technical school. The awards are administered by the Scholarship Committee of the Alumni Association and are made on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and need. If you wish to receive this scholarship, it is mandatory that you attend the Alumni Banquet and Meeting.
Payment will be available in January for use in the second semester of one’s freshman year. The student must successfully pass the first college semester and be enrolled in the second semester to receive funding.
AMERICAN LEGION POST #14 SCHOLARSHIP
American Legion Post #14 makes available financial grants of $3000, $2000 and $1,000 each to help students finance their education at the post-secondary level. Awards will be made based upon demonstrated scholastic achievement and financial need. The selection committee will also consider the applicant’s leadership ability, demonstrated extra-curricular participation in school and/or community service and their potential for success in post-secondary education. All students are eligible to apply. Please read all instructions attached to the application.
THE VOLNEY A.S. AVERY TRUST FUND SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships of varying amounts are available to worthy and deserving seniors from VUHS to help defray the cost of post-secondary education. Applicants must document that they are "worthy, deserving, and needy of financial assistance to attend a college, university, or other institution of higher learning", as described in Mr. Avery's will.
GRACE C. HAWKINS BARBERIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A $1,000 scholarship will be given in memory of Grace C. Hawkins Barberis. Mrs. Barberis grew up in Ferrisburgh, graduated from Vergennes High School in 1951, and Vermont College in 1953. She was employed at the Middlebury College Library Catalog Department until retirement in 1991. Her special interests included travel, the welfare of animals, volunteer service, politics, and her church. This award will be given to a graduating senior who is enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college. Priority considerations will be given to students who plan to major in Nursing or Allied Health Fields.
THE JIM AND CONNIE BERRY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Jim and Connie Berry were inspirational teachers at an extraordinarily difficult time in the lives of their young Vergennes High School students. The Berrys cared deeply for each pupil and had an uncanny ability to motivate each one to reach his or her potential. The Berrys became special people in the lives of these students, and the lessons learned lasted into their adulthood.
This scholarship was established by individuals taught by these unique persons, and is supported by many others. The Scholarship Committee will award a $1000 scholarship to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the personal qualities exhibited by the Berrys. He or she will pursue higher education in a field that will perpetuate the ideals of good citizenship and the offering of a helping and caring hand to others.
CLARENCE F. BIRCHMORE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The Whiting Fire Department established the scholarship fund in 2002 in the name of long-time fireman and chief, Clarence Birchmore, after his death while responding to a fire call on March 16, 2002. His volunteerism and dedication to the fire department, agriculture, and the community service as an inspiration to young men and women pursuing careers or continuing their education beyond high school.
$500 will be paid directly to the educational or course of study program in which the student has been accepted. Awards will be made on the basis of the recipient’s volunteer service (in school and community); an essay; plans for the award; educational or career plans; academic excellence. Any Otter Valley UHS, Mt. Abraham UHS, Vergennes UHS, Orwell students at Fair Haven UHS or Middlebury UHS graduating student may apply. Vocational students are encouraged to apply.
CLASS OF 1979 GOOD CITIZEN AWARD
Any senior may apply for this award. A Good Citizen Award in the amount of $50.00 will be given to a graduating senior who has proven to be a good citizen, has shown leadership in school activities, and has exemplified respect for others, integrity, and fine character. One does not have to be pursuing further education to win this award. It is given in memory of classmates who are deceased (Joe Austin, Carl Bushee, Theodore Coyle, Sherry Jerome, John Polchies, Lee Senesac, and Kim Smith).
COMMODORE BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS
The Booster Club scholarships are given by the VUHS Booster Club who will be awarding $1,000 to a college bound male and a college bound female member of the graduating class, who through involvement in athletic activities, gained a more fulfilling high school experience.
MARIE CROVAT TRUST FUND SCHOLARSHIP
Several scholarships of varying amounts are available to deserving seniors from VUHS to help defray the cost of higher education.
Applicants must be:
1. A legal resident of Addison County and/or the State of Vermont
2. Attend an accredited college or university in the United States. Awards will be based on need and scholastic promise. Students who are fully funded by other financial assistance programs will not be considered in the selection process, nor will students who would lose other previously committed aid on a dollar-for-dollar basis if additional grant money was awarded to them.
KATE C. DALRYMPLE SCHOLARSHIP
An award from the Kate C. Dalrymple fund is intended to help a deserving member of the graduating class of VUHS defray the cost of attendance at an institution of higher learning. Students attending two as well as four-year colleges are eligible. The scholarship will be awarded largely on the basis of scholarship and need.
EVERETT A. HAWKINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
One $1,000 scholarship will be given in the memory of Everett A. Hawkins. This award will be given to a graduating senior who will be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who plan to major in a Business or Agriculture field.
FERRISBURGH COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a senior who resides in the town of Ferrisburgh to help defray the cost of attending post-secondary education at an accredited institution of higher learning.
1. At least two years of residency in Ferrisburgh
2. Current enrollment at any school of secondary education, including home school.
3. Applications must be typed (handwritten applications will not be accepted).
The scholarship will be awarded based on five considerations:
• Academic and extracurricular experiences
• Future educational goals
• Impact of Ferrisburgh community
• Student involvement in Ferrisburgh community
• Spirit of the application
BETH D. HOUSKEEPER SCHOLARSHIP
To honor and celebrate Beth as an artist who inspired so many others to create, perform and imagine, a scholarship will be given to a senior demonstrating a commitment to his or her own artistic endeavors.
Applicants for this scholarship need to submit a 250 word essay, including a description of his or her involvement in art activities and demonstrating the ability and aspirations to pursue an education in fine arts or a portfolio of work demonstrating the same. An interview may be requested at the discretion of the selection committee.
Scholarship will be paid second semester after proof of successful completion of first semester.
OLIN AND MILDRED JANUARY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships in an amount to be determined will be awarded to graduating seniors planning to attend two- or four-year colleges or vocational-technical schools following graduation. The recipients will be selected on the basis of their high level of aspiration and the determination to achieve their personal goals.
LIONS CLUB SCHOLARSHPS
The Vergennes Lions Club sponsors up to four (4) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships for deserving seniors in need of financial aid to help defray the cost of the first year at a two or four year college, university, or technical school. Applicants must meet four criteria which are listed on the application.
ALAN V. LOWENSTEIN SCHOLARSHIP
The family of Alan V. Lowenstein of Arnold Bay Farms will sponsor a scholarship for a student who will attend the University of Vermont. Students who will enroll in any four-year program may apply.
One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Have been accepted by and plan to attend the University of Vermont;
2. Have a 3 ½ year cumulative NGA of 90 or better,
3. Have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service.
GAIL L. LYNK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A $2,000.00 scholarship will be given in the memory of Gail L. Lynk to a graduating senior who plans to enter the field of Education and who has demonstrated exemplary school citizenship and compassion for others.
Payment will be split, half will be available in August and half will be available in January for use in the second semester after submitting acceptable proof of remaining in the same major that was designated in the initial application.
NEAT REPEATS SCHOLARSHIPS
The NEAT REPEATS SHOP in Middlebury will sponsor three scholarships in the amount of $500 each to graduating seniors who plan to continue education beyond the high school level and can demonstrate the need for financial assistance.
Any VUHS senior who plans to attend a two or four-year college or a vocational-technical school may apply. The applicant must document the following:
1. Acceptance at a post-secondary school;
2. Service to the school and/or community;
3. Need for financial assistance;
4. Commitment to help finance one's own way.
Payment will be made through the Office of Student Support Services in two equal installments: mid-August and early in January. Checks will be available to the recipient upon documentation of enrollment in a post-secondary program.
THE WILLIAM J. PLANKEY SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A $300 scholarship will be given in the memory of William J. Plankey Sr., by his wife, Rose. The award will be made to a student who will attend a four-year college and major in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of one's documented financial need and potential for success in college.
JOHN A. QUESNEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The family and friends of the late John A. Quesnel have established a memorial scholarship in his honor for a deserving graduate who meets the criteria listed below.
One $400 scholarship will be awarded based upon athletic and scholastic achievement, community service and financial need. The selection committee will also consider the applicant's sportsmanship, sense of humor, and compassion for others, all of which were traits of the late John A. Quesnel. Two personal reference letters, one from a teacher and one from a non-relative are required.
Payment will be made in January of the student’s freshman year after submitting documentation that the student will return for second semester.
ROTARY CLUB #4319 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The Vergennes Rotary Club #6441 will provide six $750 scholarship awards to seniors in need of aid in order to pursue their education at the post-secondary level. Awards are based on need and the applicant's written statement with special consideration given for one's community service contribution.
SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION POST #14 SCHOLARSHIP
The Sons of the American Legion Post #14 will award five $200 scholarships to deserving graduates from Vergennes Union High School and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center. Students must demonstrate the desire and ability to further their education at a college or training center.
TUCKER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
For several generations, the Tucker family has been active in Addison County as farmers and entrepreneurs. They have established this scholarship to assist and recognize a graduating senior from VUHS who has demonstrated interest in and commitment to agricultural production and/or business and who is pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution in a related career.
Recipients will have demonstrated a strong work ethic and perseverance to achieve their career goals related to agriculture and/or business. Although financial need may be taken into consideration, work ethic and commitment to career goals related to agriculture and business take precedence.
A non-renewable scholarship up to $2000 will be awarded at the beginning of the second semester upon proof of enrollment.
VERGENNES AREA RESCUE SQUAD SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF WAYLAND DENNIS BRACE
The purpose of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS) scholarship is to provide scholarships to Vergennes Union High School graduating seniors to help defray the costs of attending a college or university. The scholarships are to be used to support studies in the emergency services or medical fields or to support students who either personally or through immediate family members currently volunteer their time to local emergency services such as VARS, local fire departments, local heavy rescue, or First Response Units, etc.
Awards will be based on need and scholastic promise. Applicants must fulfill one of the following criteria:
1. Plan to major in emergency services or a medical field (fire, police, rescue, nursing, etc.).
2. Be a member of good standing in an emergency service.
3. Be a child or grandchild of a current or lifetime member of an emergency service.
THE VERGENNES AREA RESCUE SQUAD SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF BRADLEY J. HUTCHINS
The purpose of the Vergennes Area Rescue Scholarship is to provide scholarships to VUHS graduating seniors to help defray the costs of attending a college or university. Any students who are going into the automotive mechanic field may also apply for this scholarship. The scholarship is to be used to support studies in emergency services or to support students that either personally or through immediate family members currently volunteer their time to local emergency services such as VARS, fire departments, local heavy rescue, or first response units. Students will be selected on the basis of their intended college major as well as scholastic ability and achievement in high school. Criteria is further outlined on the application.
WALTHAM COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a senior who resides in the town of Waltham to help defray the cost of attending post-secondary education at an accredited institution of higher learning.
Students must be residents of the town of Waltham during their junior and senior years and be currently enrolled in any high school or private secondary institution. Selection will be based on scholarship, school and community citizenship, and need. Application: You must write a personal letter addressing the above criteria; there is no application form.
MARGUERITE A. DUDLEY STUDENT LOAN FUND -- If you need to apply for this loan you may do so early this summer. (This loan is also available at anytime during your college years)
Loans from the Dudley Loan Fund are intended to assist deserving VUHS students finance their post-secondary education. A maximum of $1,000 will be available per applicant. Exceptions are subject to consideration and approval by the Vergennes Union High School Board.
Application: You must write a letter to the Vergennes Union High School Board and deliver it to the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union district office. All applicants will meet with members of the Vergennes Union High School Board who will make final loan determinations. NOTE: A co-signer will be required for every loan.
Interest: Interest will be charged beginning ten months after graduation or termination of school. Repayment: Repayment will be made at an annual rate of 20% of the loan plus interest. Payments are made to the treasurer of the Vergennes Union High School District.
All applications and letters are due back to Guidance Office on or before Wednesday, April 4, 2012.