Scholarships Riverdale Seniors will receive A Guide to Scholarship Information for Riverdale High School Seniors and Parents sometime during the Fall of their senior year. Scholarship newsletters will begin in November each year and can be found on this website and outside the HS School Counselor's Office. Please return to this site for updated links and lists of available scholarships. Other ways to seek out scholarship money are listed at the very bottom of this page. Scholarships are updated as they become available. Links to other web sites operated by other entities are included as a convenience to you. Riverdale High School makes no representation regarding the content or accuracy of any other web site, which you may access through this one. Riverdale High School is not responsible for the content found on other web sites, which is linked from this page. The existence of these links on RHS's website does not imply endorsement, recommendation or sponsorship for any linked web site or the services, products or advice described on the site. The views, opinions, statements, offers or other information or content expressed therein are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not RHS. When requesting information from the school allow a minimum of 5 days for us to process any documentation. We cannot guarantee applications will get to their destination if we do not have time for processing. Turn in all scholarships a few days beforethe due date. Neatness counts! Please turn in only typed applications (unless specifically told otherwise in the application directions). Make sure to complete scholarship applications exactly as the directions outline. Give them what they ask for, nothing more and nothing less! Failure to follow directions on the application can cause disqualification for scholarships.
Scholarship Application Tips 1. Choose people to ask for references that know you well and can give accurate, positive information about you. Give reference people at least ten days to fill out forms or letters. Go to http://staceytroxel.weebly.com/financial-aidscholarships.html and click on Teacher Letter of Recommendation Request Form. This form should be completed and handed to the person you are asking to write your recommendation. 2. Make sure you type or print clearly - Write neatly, check for correct spelling, and answer all questions. 3. Turn in your scholarships ahead of schedule; be aware of the deadlines and send your materials in a couple of weeks ahead of time. Never wait until the last day (some scholarships are due by and not postmarked by dates). 4. Double check that you have included all materials asked for in the application. Send all items requested and only the items that are requested. 5. If you receive an award, IT IS NECESSARY to write a thank you note to the person(s),business, or organization that awarded you a scholarship. 6. This is not a complete list of scholarships: These are only the ones considered "local." Be sure to check with the high school counselor for additional scholarships that may come into the counseling office, your parents/family or neighbors for scholarships that may be available at their work place or organizations they belong to and check the website of the school you plan to attend. 7. It is the student's responsibility to get all scholarship materials completed in a timely manner - the counselor, principal, and staff will help, but ultimately the student has final responsibility. Riverdale School District as an entity does not offer scholarships for any students who graduate. However, clubs within the district may at times, donate money toward scholarships. Scholarship committees outside the district are responsible for determining the criteria in which they select their recipients. The school district local scholarship committee uses the information from the donors to screen or select candidates based on the wishes of the donor. River School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or disability when selecting candidates for awards based on the request of the scholarship donor.
Riverdale School District Non-discrimination Policy It is the policy of the Riverdale school District that no person may be denied admission to any public school in the district or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, co-curricular, student service, recreational or other program or activity because of the person's sex, race color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, pregnancy, martial or parental status, sexual orientation, handicap or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability in the educational programs or activities operated by the Riverdale School District.
Alert! Alert! Scholarship Scams Alert! Alert!
Scholarship and financial aid offers that show up in the mail and on the Web may be the tools of con artists designed to bilk parents and students eager to find ways to pay college expenses. College Parents of America and the Federal Trade Commission have teamed up to help your counselors, parents, and students make safe informed choices in scholarship and aid offers. The CPA and FTC advise students and parents to look for six signs that indicate a scholarship offer is bogus:
You've been "chosen" or "specially selected" for an invitation to a "free" seminar/interview to learn how to pay for college, get financial aid or win scholarships. These are almost always high pressure solicitations for grossly overpriced services inferior to those offered at all District 214 high schools or college financial aid offices.
The scholarship or service is guaranteed or your money back. No one can guarantee that they'll get you a grant or scholarship. Refund guarantees often have conditions or strings attached. Get refund policies in writing before you pay.
You can't get this information anywhere else. There are many free lists of scholarships. Check with your school or library before you decide to pay someone to do the work for you.
May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship? Don't give out your bank account or credit card number on the telephone without getting information in writing first. It may be a setup for an unauthorized withdrawal.
We'll do all the work for you. Don't be fooled. There is no way around it; you must apply for scholarships or grants yourself.
The scholarship will cost some money. Don't pay anyone who claims to be "holding" a scholarship or grant for you. Free money shouldn't cost a thing.
You've been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship, or you're a finalist in a contest you never entered. Before you send money to apply for a scholarship, check it out. Make sure the foundation or program is legitimate.
If you or someone you know suspects a scam, report the offer to the National Fraud Information Center at 1-800-876-7060 or send an e-mail to SCAMs-L@finaid.org. The Better Business Bureau, your state bureau of consumer protection, or your state attorney general's office may also be helpful. You should not be afraid to ask a school guidance counselor or your school's financial aid office for advice.
For more information about scholarship scams, you can contact the FTC on the Internet at http://www.ftc.gov. For free information about federal student aid, call 1-800-4-FED-AID or write the Federal Student Aid Information Center, P.O. Box 84, Washington, DC 20044.
Going Merry is a new program that calls itself a Common App for scholarships. As of August 15, it’s too new to review, but it sounds very promising. Mrs. Troxel has sent each current senior a link to join her group.
Student Scholarships.org - Claims to be the largest collection of scholarships on the web!Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
Peerlift - Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by fellow students like you. (Founded by a team of 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars!)
CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.