Scholarships and Grants

list of Merit Scholarships

List of Need-based Scholarships and grants

Scholarships/Assistance from Other Organizations

PLEASE NOTE: If a student earns scholarships from Other Organizations or tuition reduction, SVC holds the right to reduce the SVC scholarship accordingly.

SVC Opportunity grant

A merit-based scholarship that is administered and funded by the College. Students who receive the SVC Opportunity Grant and are eligible for the Federal Loan Programs and the Federal Work Study program are expected to take advantage of that eligibility to the extent possible. Failure to do so might indicate that the student has other resources available to cover need.

The award is renewable each year for 4 years or 8 semesters as long as the student demonstrates a similar level of need measured through the FAFSA and maintains a 2.0 GPA.

•    Awarded to an incoming freshman with a GPA between 2.3 and 2.7, 800+ SAT, and 16+ ACT.
•    Amount awarded ranges from $4,000-$6,000 per academic year.

Engaged Student Award

A merit-based award given to an incoming freshman who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills through high school extracurricular activities, and/or community service. Southern Vermont College service-learning opportunities enhance what is taught in the class by extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community.

•    The award is renewable each year for 4 years or 8 semesters as long as the student maintains a 2.5 GPA.
•    Awarded upon acceptance to incoming freshman with a GPA greater than a 2.3.
•    Award amount per academic year is $2,000.

Everett Scholarship

A merit-based scholarship available to an incoming freshman who demonstrates strong academic skills and motivation for successful college performance.

•    The award is renewable each year for 4 years or 8 semesters as long as the student maintains a 2.5 GPA.
•    Awarded upon acceptance to an incoming freshman with a GPA between 2.8 and 3.2, 900+ SAT, and 19+ ACT.
•    Amount awarded ranges from $6,500 to $8,500.

Presidential Scholarship

A merit-based scholarship offered to an incoming freshman who has participated in community service-based organizations. Southern Vermont College’s service-learning opportunities enhance what is taught in class by extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community.

•    The award is renewable each year for 4 years or 8 semesters as long as the student maintains a 2.5 GPA.
•    Awarded upon acceptance to an incoming freshman with a 3.3+ GPA, 1,100+ SAT, and 21+ ACT.
•    Amount awarded ranges from $9,000 to $11,000.

SVC Transfer Scholarship

A merit-based scholarship offered to a transfer student from a two or four-year college who has completed more than 24 credits at his or her prior institution.

•    The award is renewable each year for 4 years or 8 semesters as long as the student demonstrates a similar level of need measured through the FAFSA and maintains a 2.5 GPA.
•    Awarded upon acceptance to an incoming transfer student with a 2.7+ GPA.
•    Award amount per academic year is $6,000-$10,000.

TRiO Scholarship

Awarded to eligible students from Upward Bound or Talent Search participants active in their high school communities.

•    The award is renewable each year for 4 years or 8 semesters as long as the student maintains a 2.0 GPA.
•    Awarded upon acceptance to an incoming freshman with a GPA of 2.3 or greater.
•    Award amount per academic year is $1,000.

Need-based Scholarship

SVC Need-based Scholarship is determined using a calculation based on the information from the FAFSA. Funds are awarded and administered by the College. Students who receive the SVC Need Based Scholarship and are eligible for the Federal Loan Programs and the Federal Work Study program are expected to take advantage of that eligibility to the fullest extent possible. Failure to do so might indicate that the student has other financial resources available to them. Need based financial aid is awarded for full-time study (at least twelve credits per semester) during the fall or spring semesters only.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Amounts can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,645 for the 2013–14 award year (July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014). For the 2014–15 award year (July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015), the maximum award will be $5,730. The amount you get, though, will depend on your financial need, the cost of education, your status as a full time or part time student and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

Effective on July 1, 2012, you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years). You’ll receive a notice if you’re getting close to your limit.
 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The SEOG is a federal grant that is awarded through Southern Vermont College to supplement aid received from other sources. The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides the College with a limited allocation annually, which is then awarded to students with "extraordinary need" on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who will receive Federal Pell Grants and have the most financial need will receive an SEOG grant first.  The SEOG does not need to be repaid. The SEOG program is administered directly by the financial aid office at each participating school and is a campus based program. Amounts range from $100 to $4,000.

This awarding process works differently from the Federal Pell Grant Program, which provides funds to every eligible student. So, make sure you apply for federal student aid as early as you can. The deadline is March 1st.

State Incentive Grant

Students who are residents of VT, CT, MA, RI, NH, ME, or PA may be eligible to receive grants from their home states that are transferable to Southern Vermont College. Deadlines for state grants are noted on the FAFSA application.

Vermont Incentive Grant

Vermont residents are eligible to apply for a grant from the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). The grant is awarded based on need. Applications can be obtained from high school guidance offices, from the College, or by calling VSAC financial aid services at 1-877-563-6076 (toll-free) or by calling 1-800-642-3177. E mail www.vsac.org

Bennington College Presidential Scholars Program

Southern Vermont College students may study at Bennington College in disciplines not available at Southern Vermont College. For their work, students receive written evaluations rather than grades. A limited number of spaces are available for this program.

Organizational Scholarships

Organizations such as Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Elks, and Dollars for Scholars, Garden Clubs and Rotary Clubs provide scholarships. Students are urged to inquire in their area and with their High School Guidance Office about the availability of these types of scholarships.


Veterans Educational Benefits

Eligible veterans may receive Veterans Administration Educational Benefits while attending Southern Vermont College. The Registrar serves as the College representative for the Veteran's Administration (VA) and completes the Enrollment Certifications for all veterans enrolled at Southern Vermont College. Detailed information may be found on the www.benefits.va.gov Web site and from the Commanding Officer of your unit.