With education costs spiraling ever higher, a college education is beyond the financial reach of many outstanding students. The RMHC US Scholars Program opens the door to higher education for graduating high school seniors who face limited access to educational and career opportunities.
RMHC-NEPA has awarded thousands of dollars to date.
The RMHC US Scholarship Program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. The goal of the program is simple: to identify and invest in future leaders.
RMHC® Scholars. All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.
Scholarship applicants must:
- Live within the RMHC-NEPA geographic service area consisting of fifteen (15) counties in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. Carbon County, Columbia County, Clinton County. Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, Monroe County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Pike County, Schuylkill County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Union County, Wayne County and Wyoming County.
- Be a legal U.S. resident.
- Be less than 21 years of age.
- Carry a minimum 2.7 GPA.
- Disclose other scholarship programs for which he/she has applied.
- Plan to enroll and attend an institution of higher education or a vocational/technical school during the academic year following graduation.
- Complete and submit a scholarship application online and send required supporting materials and documentation to ISTS postmarked no later than the application deadline date.
- Apply for only one scholarship offered by the local RMHC Chapter. If a student is multi-racial, they still must choose only one scholarship to which to apply.
- Be willing to provide additional verification of all information in the scholarship application, upon request.
Students are selected and awards are distributed based on demonstrated academic achievement, community involvement/leadership and financial need.
Application process for the next Academic Scholarship year will be announced after January 15 of 2018.
To apply for a RMHC U.S. Scholarship, a student must:
- Be a high school senior
- Be under 21 years old
- Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study
- Be a legal U.S. resident
- Reside in a participating local RMHC Chapter’s geographic area
- Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline
Eligible students can apply online each year when the process is announced
Participating Chapters select their respective scholarship recipients. Local RMHC Chapters convene Review and Selection Committees made up of RMHC, McDonald’s representatives, educators and community leaders to select winners on the basis of the following criteria:
- Community involvement and leadership potential as demonstrated by the student’s essay-questions and online letters of recommendation
- Academic achievement as demonstrated through the applicant’s grade point average and standardized test scores
- Financial need as demonstrated through the student’s disclosure of family income, anticipated educational expenses and Student Aid Reports (Results from FAFSA)
Scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to the school designated by the recipient once the local Chapter receives verification of enrollment. RMHC scholarship funds cannot be paid to individual recipients irrespective of circumstances that may develop after their selection. Scholarship recipients must enroll and attend school during the academic year following their graduation. The local RMHC Chapter may consider and approve exceptions to this requirement at their discretion. The Chapter is required to distribute funding to students entering their freshman year. A recipient’s failure to comply with any of the above requirements in a timely manner may result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
Scholarship amounts vary and are at the discretion of the local RMHC Chapter, Board of Directors, and Scholarship Selection Committee.