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New Scholarship Added October 9, 2019

The Samara Scholarship – 1000

The Samara Scholarship was established in 2000 as an investment in the future of Vermont students who oppose discrimination and prejudice and who stand for the elimination of homophobia.

The Samara Scholarship is designed to recognize Vermont high school students who demonstrate, through personal experiences and/or public commitments, a dedication to the interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.


The American Institute of Architects Vermont Scholar Promise Award – 1000

The American Institute of Architects Vermont Chapter created this scholarship to encourage students to enter the field of architecture.

Jean Andrews Nursing Scholarship – 1200

This scholarship was created to encourage students to enter the nursing profession.

Philip and Alice Angell Eastern Star Scholarship – 500

This scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of Philip and Alice Angell, both of whom were active in the Vermont Order of Eastern Star (OES) for more than 50 years.

The Alannas Scholarship – 1000

This scholarship was established in honor of Alan and Ann Schwartz, parent who provided strong encouragement for their children to pursue post secondary education despite considerable financial adversity. First-generation applicants will recognize sacrifices their parent(s) made while maintaining strong work ethics and instilling these characteristics in their children.

Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society Scholarship – 1000

This scholarship was established to assist a graduating high school senior who lives n a designated Vermont town and who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment.

Mark Blucher Planning Scholarship – 1000

This scholarship was created to recognize Mr. Blucher’s 39 years of service to the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, as well as his commitment to education. This scholarship is offered to Rutland County students who demonstrate an interest in land use planning or related field of study.

The Carolyn Barra Scholarship – 3000

Carolyn Barra was an Essex High School student who was gifted academically, active in the performing arts, and dedicated to community service. Carolyn dies as a result of complications of pulmonary hypertension disorder in her senior year, and this scholarship was established to her her memory and her special spirit.

VSAC Board of Directors Scholarship David Coates – 1500
VSAC established this scholarship to honor the contributions David Coates made as a VSAC board member from April 2008 to June 2019.
VSAC Board of Directors Scholarship Katharine Hutchinson – 2000

VSAC established this scholarship to honor the contributions Katharine Hutchinson made as a VSAC board member from July 2011 to June 2017. The guidance department at BFA St. Albans, where Katharine Hutchinson worked for many years, works to encourage all students, especially first-generation, to continue educatuin after high school graduation. This scholarship will support one first-generation student in these studies.

Vermont NEA Maida Townsend Scholarship – Varies

The sons and daughters of Vermont-NEA members — students in their last year of high school, undergraduates, and graduate students — are eligible to apply for Vermont-NEA/Maida F. Townsend scholarships. The $1000 scholarships, established in 1991, are awarded annually at the Vermont-NEA Representative Assembly.

AIA Vermont Scholar Promise Award – 1000

The American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter will award two scholarships this year for graduating Vermont high school students who have been accepted to an accredited Architecture or Architectural Engineering Program anywhere in the U.S.

VSAC Board of Directors Scholarship Virginia Cole Levesque – 1000

VSAC established this scholarship to honor the contributions Virginia Cole-Levesque made as a VSAC board member from July 2005 to June 2015

William Boudreau Memorial Scholarship for Licensed Nursing Assistants – 1000

The William Boudreau Trust established this scholarship in 2010 to honor the memory and generosity of longtime Barton resident and farmer William Boudreau. This scholarship provides financial assistance to Orleans County residents who wish to become licensed nursing assistants.

Dale A. Boutin Scholarship – 1000

This scholarship honors Dale Boutin, a woman who has a strong belief in the power of education and whose educational pursuits range from biochemistry to landscape painting or music composition. She continues to learn new skills and encourages other to pursue post secondary education.

Harry and Vi Bradley Memorial Scholarship – 1000

The Vermont Law Enforcement Hockey Charities Inc., created this scholarship to provide financial support to a student involved in team sports who intends to pursue a career in public safety. The Bradley’s were ardent supporters of the Vermont Law Enforcement Hockey Charities Inc., for many years enabling the corporation to provide charitable contributions to youth groups around the state.

Ted Bridges Hospitality Scholarship – 1000

This scholarship was created in honor of Ted Bridges, a consistent and active contributor to the success of Vermont’s tourism and hospitality businesses for more than four decades. It was created to provide financial assistance to encourage students to pursue education and careers in hospitality and tourism.

Sister Elizabeth Candon Scholarship – 1000

VSAC created this scholarship to honor the contributions Sister Elizabeth Candon has made to higher education in general and to women seeking higher education in particular.

Vermont John H. Chafee Education and Training Scholarship – 5000

This scholarship was established for youth with experience in foster care. The mission of this program is to help young adults prepare for and enter training or educational institutions after high school. Funding for this program is conditional upon annual federal approval.

Alice C. Coapland Scholarship – 3000

Alice C. Coapland established this scholarship in 2002. Before her death in 2004, she generously bequeathed her estate to fund this scholarship for female residents of northeastern Vermont who have high financial need and who wish to pursue education after high school.

G. Jason and Marcia Vance Conway Memorial Scholarship – 2000

This scholarship was established in 2011 to honor the contributions made to higher education by G. Jason Conway and Marcia Vance Conway, who passed away in April 2010 and March 2009 respectively.

Katie Currier Memorial Scholarship – 1000

This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Katie Currier, who passed away at the age of 18. Katie was devoted to justice, non-judgment, acceptance and unity. This athlete’s’scholarship was established to provide financial aid to Vermont students who are committed to promoting these qualities in their communities.