RBC’s largest merit-based scholarship is awarded to students invited to the Honors Program each fall and spring. This scholarship is based on merit, not financial need, and students must participate in the Honors Program and have a 3.5 GPA or higher to be awarded the scholarship. Awards are typically $1,000 per academic year.
These scholarships require that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A list of Endowment Scholarships is available here. Awarding of these scholarships is done by the Financial Aid Office after a review of a student’s financial need and eligibility established by Scholarship Donors. Scholarship recipients will be notified via a financial aid award letter.
Please note that before any scholarship award is finalized, the recipient is required to write a formal letter of thanks addressed to the donor. The letter should be sent to the Financial Aid Office, and we will forward letters to the scholarship donor. Your personal note of thanks is more than good manners, it assures the donor that his or her investment in Richard Bland College – and in you – is meaningful and appreciated.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero
Tips for your letter of thanks:
- Write your letter by hand or type it. Be legible and neat!
- Include the date, a proper closing (such as “sincerely”) and your handwritten signature
- Use the scholarship name in the body of the letter
- Use the proper salutation (e.g.: Dear Mr. or Mrs, Dr. etc. (the Scholarship Donor)
- Express your gratitude for the scholarship
- You may want to include information about yourself such as your major, your campus activities, your goals, and why you selected Richard Bland College
- Tell the donor how the scholarship will help you reach your goals
- Be clear and concise
- Check your grammar, punctuation, and spelling – especially the scholarship name, and remember that “Spell Check” doesn’t catch everything!
Students are encouraged to pursue as many outside scholarships and grants as possible to reduce reliance on loans and work. Outside scholarships are offered through private agencies and organizations such as high schools, community organizations, scholarship foundations, employers, and government agencies.
Students MUST provide the Office of Financial Aid with a copy of scholarship notification letter(s). Outside scholarships are considered resources and may reduce the amount of need-based financial aid you are awarded. If the outside scholarship exceeds a student’s financial need and/or cost of attendance, adjustments may be made to the student’s financial aid package to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
Searching for Scholarships?
Below is a listing of websites to search for scholarship opportunities. Before you start your search, please read the information from FinAid.org and StudentAid.ed.gov about avoiding scholarship scams.