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Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Scholarships

 

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What Scholarships Are Available and How Do I Apply For Them?

Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Scholarships are available to all RVCC students including international students and students who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA. Scholarship opportunities are listed at the end of this section. Scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis once grades have been calculated for the prior semester. Scholarship funds are limited and we recommend that you apply for scholarships as early as May (for the following fall semester) and December (for the following spring semester). RVCC offers academic and non-academic scholarships.

Typically, if a student is awarded one academic scholarship, that student is not eligible for additional scholarships in that same academic year. If financial need is a criterion for a scholarship, the student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA) as part of the application process. Scholarship awards are typically divided between the first and second semesters of each academic year. As funding for academic scholarships is limited, scholarships are awarded in the following order of preference, as funds remain available. Scholarships are not awarded for the summer sessions.

Named scholarships are awarded according to the guidelines established by the donor(s). The Financial Aid Office adheres to these guidelines and may or may not make an award in a given semester or year if no applicants meet the established criteria.

All Scholarships require that you register for a minimum of six (6) credits.  All Scholarships also require that you complete the  General RVCC Scholarship Application Form. 


Academic Scholarships

Nicholas and Jeanne Alesandro Scholarship – The recipient of this scholarship must be a graduate of Manville High School, Manville, NJ, and graduate in the top 25 percent of his or her class.  The recipient demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office at Manville High School.

ALICE Scholarship – With funding from the United Way of Northern New Jersey, this scholarship is awarded to students residing in Hunterdon or Somerset Counties, who are Assets-Limited, Income-Restrained, Employed.  Financial support may be used not only for tuition and fees, but also for transportation, food, books, childcare or emergency situations that often arise, so students can focus on their classwork.

Sophie Sadowsky Chmil Memorial Scholarship - The recipient of this scholarship must be a female student, 45 years old and above, who is seeking to acquire new skills and increase her ability to enter the workforce for the first time or to find employment in a second career and succeed in today’s competitive economic market. The recipient is pursuing a degree or certificate in accounting, business administration, financial services, CPA preparation, paralegal studies, and international business. The recipient demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as a full-time RVCC student.

Patricia  Critelli Scholarship Fund -  The recipient must be a resident of Hunterdon County or has worked in the legal profession in Hunterdon County for two (2) years, and be earning an associate’s degree or certificate in Paralegal Studies.  A one-page essay is required, detailing the applicants’ commitment to community/college service and the legal profession. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit, and earn and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student.

Frank Denny Memorial Scholarship – Established by Mitchell J. Dinnerstein and Dr. Julie Blackman in memory of their uncle, this scholarship provides support for students who demonstrate dire financial need. Recipients must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.

Dudash Estate Hearing Impaired – This scholarship is awarded to students who are hearing-impaired. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Joanna and John Dzitko Scholarship – Established by Joan and Peter Svoboda to honor Joan’s parents for their commitment to education, this scholarship will be awarded to a student who  demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student.

Augie Eosso Legacy Scholarship - The recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and be recommended by a faculty member, who can speak to the applicant’s ethic of academic responsibility and accountability, and also be recommended by his or her coach, who can speak to the applicant’s team spirit, leadership, discipline, and determination. The RVCC Athletic Department makes selection.

ESL Scholarship - This scholarship was established by Lorena Molineux, a former ESL tutor at RVCC, to assist students studying ESL as a pre-requisite for their degree program.

Phobe and John Falcone Scholarship – This scholarship is designed to offer a second chance to women seeking to acquire new skills and earn an Associate’s Degree or Certificate. Recipients must have attended Hunterdon Central High School, though not necessarily have graduated from HCHS. The gap between high school and enrollment at Raritan Valley Community College should be a minimum of three (3) years.  Recipients are committed to enrolling in a minimum of six (6) credits per semester, demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit, and earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.

Wayne J. Forrest, Esq. Criminal Justice Scholarship - Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Criminal Justice degree or certificate program and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.  Students must include a one-page letter to Mr. Forrest addressing what has led to their interest in Criminal Justice, and mention career aspirations and any special family circumstances.

Karolee Dousa Glassman Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to students who are single mothers, who demonstrate financial need and the determination to earn an associate’s degree or certificate. 

The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is dedicated solely to RVCC students enrolled in the College’s Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program, who are taking courses to prepare them for jobs as machine operators, manual machinists, and CNC production technicians.

Marcia Key Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2005 in memory of Marcia Key, a former member of the RVCC Foundation Board of Directors, this annual award is made to a student demonstrating financial need and academic merit.

A. Bernard Lindemann Science Scholarship - This scholarship was created by Professor Ellen Lindemann and the Lindemann family in 2002 to celebrate the 70th birthday of RVCC Board of Trustee member A. Bernard Lindemann. This scholarship is awarded to a Galileo Scholar, who is a science or engineering major and demonstrates financial need.

Rose McConnell Scholarship – This scholarship, established by the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women in honor of Rose McConnell, is available for a female student from Somerset County who is pursuing a career in teaching/education.

Christopher Morgan Scholarship – Applicants must complete a scholarship application and submit a 250-word essay describing their financial circumstances; their academic goals; their personal and professional aspirations; and the impact the scholarship support will have on their lives. Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credits and earn and maintain a 2.75 GPA or better as an RVCC student. 

Robert Sydney Needham Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to RVCC students who graduated a high school in New Jersey and have completed at least 24 credits at RVCC, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.  The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to community service by participation in the RVCC Service Learning Program or as a volunteer in the community.  The student also needs to be a campus leader, demonstrated through participation in SGA and/or other clubs and student activities.

Pellowski Family Scholarship – This scholarship goes to a Theatre or Arts major entering his or her final semester before graduation and earning a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The student must submit an essay, up to two pages long, telling why he or she chose the arts and where he or she hopes to be in 10 years.

Ann and Susan Primmer Scholarship – The recipient of this scholarship is a resident of Hillsborough, Bound Brook or Manville, NJ.  The student is majoring in science, engineering, allied health programs, or nursing.  The candidate must write a brief essay describing personal goals for the future and the impact the scholarship support will have on his/her life.   The recipient demonstrates financial need, and earns and maintains a GPA of 2.75 or better.

RVCC General Scholarship - Funded by proceeds from fundraising events sponsored by the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to an RVCC student who demonstrates financial need and maintains a GPA of 2.75 or better.

RVCC Merit Scholarship - Funded by proceeds from fundraising events sponsored by the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to an RVCC student based on academic merit; recipients must have a GPA of 3.00 or better.

Somerset Hills AAUW Scholarship - Created in 1998 by the Somerset Hills Chapter of the American Association of University Women, this scholarship supports mature women who are returning to school to pursue a career or obtain a degree. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be residents of Somerset or Hunterdon counties.

The Somerville Fire Department Fire Police Scholarship – This scholarship recipient must be a graduate of Somerville High School and demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit. The student must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.

 

The Tom Tarnowski Scholarship Fund - Established in 2006 by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to honor Mr. Tarnowski’s service to that organization and to the community, this scholarship is available to residents of Somerset County. Applicants must be U.S. citizens (or green card holders), recent graduates of an accredited secondary school, and enrolled in a degree or certificate program.  Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need.  The scholarship provides support for two semesters up to $2,500 annually and may be used for tuition, fees and books.  Selection is made by application, including an essay and committee review.  Applications can be downloaded by clicking here (.pdf).

Axel Velden Scholarship - This scholarship was created in memory of Axel Velden, an RVCC professor who was instrumental in promoting, developing and implementing global education at the College. It is awarded to any student who is either enrolled in the International Business program, or actively involved in community or college activities that promote global education, understanding, and cultural awareness.  The student must demonstrate financial need and a GPA of 3.0 or better.  To apply, fill out the Axel Velden Scholarship Form (.pdf) and submit your signed copy to Ellen Lindemann in the Business & Public Service Department.

Wellbrock Family Scholarship – Students demonstrating financial need and academic merit are eligible for this scholarship. Awards will be made in two equal installments at the beginning of the fall and spring.

Richard and Ann Wellbrock FDU Award – This scholarship is awarded to a student transferring from RVCC to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison or Teaneck.  The recipient must have earned at least 45 credits at RVCC, with preference given to those completing an Associate’s degree at RVCC.

Officer David F. Wilson Memorial Scholarship – Established by the Wilson’s 10-33 Foundation Inc., this scholarship is awarded to RVCC students from Somerset County pursuing an A.A. in criminal justice or an AAS in emergency services or law enforcement. Individuals enrolled in a Certificate Program for emergency management are also eligible for the scholarship. Recipients take a minimum of six (6) credits and earn a GPA of 2.75 or better.

Mary T. Zanetti Scholarship – Established by Elisabeth McConville, an RVCC Foundation Board member, in memory of her sister, this scholarship is awarded to liberal art students, who demonstrate a financial need.

Jennifer Zois Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship will be awarded to a second-year student, who is a Health Sciences/Nursing or Psychology major, has a G.P.A above a 3.0, and has unmet financial needs.  Students interested in this scholarship must also write a one-page essay describing their interest in health care and what they hope to do with their degree.

Galileo Scholarships

Please use the Galileo Scholarship Application (pdf) for the following Galileo Scholars Program.

Equity Packaging Engineering Scholarship – This scholarship is for RVCC students enrolled in the RVCC engineering program and demonstrate academic merit, earning a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Executive Women’s Forum Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to female RVCC students majoring in technology, computer science, networking or programming; construction or electronics technology; fiber optics; or mechanical design technology. The recipients demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit, and earn and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, as a full or part-time RVCC student.

Gibson Family Scholarship – Students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, who demonstrate financial need and academic merit may apply for this scholarship.  Recipients must earn and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, as a full or part-time RVCC student.

Sanford and Karolee Glassman Scholarship – This scholarship is available for students who are majoring in engineering and demonstrate financial need and academic merit. 

Nancy K. Maulding Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to an RVCC student who demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student.  The recipient must be a STEM major, with a major or minor in math.

RVCC Galileo Scholarships - This scholarship is awarded to RVCC students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math, and computer science. It is jointly funded by individual and corporate donations, including donations from NCS Technologies and others. This scholarship is awarded to a Galileo Scholar, regardless of unmet financial need.

Sanofi Galileo Scholarships - This scholarship is awarded to RVCC students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math, and computer science. This scholarship is awarded to a Galileo Scholar, regardless of unmet financial need.

Nicholas and Xenia Shmaruk Scholarship – This scholarship is for an RVCC student enrolled in the Galileo Scholars program as an engineering or science major, who demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, earning a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Bridget C. Waverka Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Bridget C. Waverka, who worked at Raritan Valley Community College, this scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.

Watchung International Lions Club – This scholarship supports students enrolled in RVCC’s

Galileo Scholars Program as STEM majors as well as other academic disciplines based on merit and/or financial need.

 

Nursing Scholarships

Area VII Physicians Scholarship – In an effort to support nursing education and further either medical education or healthcare quality, this scholarship is awarded to nursing students in their second year of clinical courses and are residents of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean or Somerset counties.

Virginia Butkowsky Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is available for students enrolled in the nursing program.

Ethicon Nursing Scholarship - This scholarship is funded by Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson &Johnson Company, and is awarded, based on available funds, to students majoring in nursing. Selection may be made by committee review.

Shirley Gilbert Nursing Scholarship – RVCC alumni Shirley Gilbert established this scholarship to support female nursing students enrolled in clinical nursing courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  Applicants must submit, along with the application, a one -page essay describing their interest in nursing and what they hope to do with their degree. 

Fabienne Stassen Nursing Scholarship - The Fabienne Stassen Nursing Scholarship was established by the family of a young graduate of RVCC’s nursing program, who died suddenly in 2006. Scholarships are awarded to nursing students who demonstrate an attitude of caring and empathy and a commitment to helping others and making a difference in the health and welfare of individuals and the community.   Students must have financial need and be entering the second year of clinicals. As part of the scholarship application, students need to write a brief essay (no more than a page) describing how they meet the guidelines and how this scholarship will benefit the students as well as the community. Applications are due to the financial aid office by July 1st.

Jennifer Zois Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship, named in memory of a former RVCC employee, will be awarded to a 2nd year student who is a Health Sciences/Nursing or Psychology major, has a G.P.A above a 3.0, and has unmet financial needs. Along with the scholarship application, students interested in this scholarship must also write a one-page essay describing their interest in health care and what they hope to do with their degree

RWJUH-Somerset Nursing Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the nursing program, and shall be used for tuition, fees and educational supplies.

 

Additional Scholarships and Awards

 

Siham Alfred Math Excellence Award – Established by Dr. Siham Alfred, a long-time math professor at Raritan Valley Community College, who retired in 2014, the Siham Alfred Math Excellence Award will awarded to the student selected by RVCC’s Mathematics Department to earn the annual Academic Excellence Award in Mathematics. The annual Siham Alfred Math Excellence Award will be presented to the recipient at the annual Student Academic Awards Dinner.

 

Athletic Scholarships – The RVCC’s Athletic Department uses funds raised by the RVCC Foundation to award scholarships to student-athletes who demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.

 

Baker & Rannells Paralegal Studies Student Graduate Award - The recipient is an RVCC student graduating with an Associate Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies, or a Certificate from the Paralegal Studies Program, who has achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better in his/her RVCC studies and who is dedicated to a career in law.  The recipient must have demonstrated a commitment to the values of the law and an ethic of justice, fairness and integrity, both during his/her college career and in the community at large. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here. (pdf)

Pathway to Advanced Studies Award – Established by George Case, the Pathway to Advanced Studies Award provides a minimum of $14,000 a year for two years to an exceptional RVCC graduate who is pursuing his or her bachelor’s degree. The funds may be used, at the recipient’s discretion, to cover essential expenses that include tuition and fees, books, housing, food, health care, transportation, IT needs, and other, necessary incidentals that might  present impediments to academic success at a four-year institution.  A formal application and recommendations are required. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here. (pdf)

 

Second Career Scholarships - The Second Career Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to offer a second chance to individuals seeking to acquire new skills and increase their ability to find employment in a second career and succeed in today’s competitive economic market.  Applicants for the Second Career Scholarship must be residents of Somerset County and U.S. citizens (or green card holders), high school graduates of an accredited secondary school, and enrolled in a certificate program, and have satisfactory ability to read and write English. Students also need to demonstrate financial need.  The scholarships are available for the following certificate programs: Advanced Manufacturing; Certified Nurse Aid (CNA), Dental Radiology, EKG Technician National, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy/Lab Asst.,and Solar Panel Installation. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here. (pdf)

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