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RCC website offers online scholarship application

Each year Rappahannock Community College distributes nearly 300 scholarship awards, totaling over $300,000, for both entering and returning students. Those planning to enroll or re-enroll in Fall 2012 are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid before the March 19 deadline, even if they think they might not be qualified. While some of the available scholarships depend upon a high grade-point average or extreme financial need, many others are awarded according to field of study, county of residence, high school attended, or other criteria.

Fill out your online scholarship application now! Deadline is March 19!

Fill out your online scholarship application now! Deadline is March 19!

A brand-new online application (to be found at http://www.rappahannock.edu/foundation/scholarships) makes the process easier than ever, according to Victor Clough, RCC’s dean of college advancement. There is no charge for filing an RCC scholarship application, but applicants must first have applied and gained admission to the college—a process which is also free of charge, says Clough.

“I didn’t think I had a chance,” says RCC administration of justice student Anthony Revak, who admits that he was not among the best students in his high school. “But I got $1000 from RCC and another $500 from my local [Gloucester County] sheriff’s department”—which, at RCC tuition, amounts to a full ride. “I tell all my friends that they should go to the RCC website and fill out the online scholarship application. You just fill it out once to be considered for all the scholarships. It’s really easy. It took me maybe five minutes to finish.”

Anthony’s sister Elizabeth Revak, a second-year student in RCC’s associate-degree nursing program, also benefits from RCC awards. The several scholarships she has received over the past two years are “saving me and our parents a lot of money. They have helped me so much.” A number of her friends have graduated from four-year schools with thousands of dollars’ worth of debt to repay: “I wanted to prevent that,” she says. “Scholarships help a lot. It’s better to be able to use that time studying instead of working.”

“You’ve got nothing to lose by applying,” concludes Anthony.

 

Photo: From left: sibling RCC students Elizabeth and Anthony Revak, at their computers on the Glenns Campus, show how easy it is to apply for scholarships online. Over $300,000 in awards is available each year.

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