Scholarships Booklet - page 37

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VSAC-assisted scholarships
VTEFDENTAL
Any student
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Any program
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Any enrollment
Vermont State Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)
Incentive Loan Program – Interest-Free and Forgivable
(sponsored by the State of Vermont and Vermont Department
of Health)
This program was established by the Vermont Legislature to respond
to shortages of selected health professions in the state. Access to dental
care has been hampered in Vermont by a shortage of dentists to serve
low-income individuals in particular. Training Expanded Function
Dental Auxiliaries (EFDAs) is one strategy to increase the capacity
of the dental workforce, especially in underserved areas in Vermont.
Certified dental assistants and registered dental hygienists are eligible
to apply to an EFDA program. The Incentive Loan program is
designed for potential EFDA students who are committed to working
in Vermont upon graduation. Funding for this program is conditional
upon annual legislative appropriation.
Eligibility:
• Currently be a certified dental assistant (CDA) or a registered dental
hygienist (RDH)
• Attend a dental assisting Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)
program accredited by a Commission of Dental Accreditation
(CODA) program
• Intend to work as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary in
Vermont for a minimum of one year following registration
• Demonstrate financial need
• Demonstrate community involvement/service
Required documents:
Unified Scholarship Application, FAFSA,
recommendation letter #1 (non-relative), recommendation letter #2
(community service), essay #1 (general essay), and certification
(provide a copy of your CDA or RDH license)
Amount:
Three interest-free loans up to $3,000 each
Conditions:
Partial/complete forgiveness of interest-free loan under
the following conditions: (1) successful completion of EFDA program,
and (2) completion of one year of employment (no less than 20 hours/
week) as an EFDA in Vermont
Selection:
Essay, recommendation letters, and financial need
Average applicants:
TBD
Average awards:
1
VTFEEDDEAL
Any student
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Degree program
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Any enrollment
Vermont Feed Dealers and Manufacturers Association
Scholarship
This scholarship was established to encourage students to pursue
degrees in fields related to agriculture.
Eligibility:
• Attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding
(Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans)
• Seek a degree in a field related to agriculture, including, but not
limited to, animal sciences, equine studies, agribusiness, plant and
soil science, forestry, horticulture, or veterinary medicine or
technology
Required documents:
Unified Scholarship Application, recommendation
letter #1 (non-relative), and essay #1 (general essay)
Amount:
One or more scholarships totaling up to $10,000
Selection:
Essay and recommendation letter
Average applicants:
82
Average awards:
8
VTLAKEPOND
Any student
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Degree program
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1/4 time
Vermont Lakes and Ponds Scholarship
(sponsored by the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds, Inc.)
This scholarship was created to encourage and support students who
are seeking education beyond high school and are interested in pursuing
aquatic environmental studies, such as watershed management, water
resources education, and limnology.
Eligibility:
• Attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding
(Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans)
• Seek a degree in environmental studies
(preference given to students seeking
a degree in aquatic environmental studies, such as watershed management, water
resources education, and limnology)
• Demonstrate academic achievement
• Demonstrate financial need
• Demonstrate community involvement and/or service
Required documents:
Unified Scholarship Application, FAFSA,
recommendation letter #1 (non-relative), recommendation letter #2
(community service), essay #1 (general essay), and official transcript
Amount:
One $500 scholarship
Selection:
Essay, recommendation letters, financial need, and academic
achievement
Average applicants:
61
Average awards:
1
VTMENTOR
Any student
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Any program
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1/2 time
Vermont Mentoring Scholarship
This scholarship was created (1) to provide financial assistance to
individuals who have participated as mentees in a mentoring program;
(2) to provide additional incentives for young people to join, fully
participate in, and commit to a mentoring program; and (3) to provide
a giving avenue for individuals who want to contribute to the men-
toring movement but have work and family obligations that limit
their ability to do so. This scholarship is funded by an endowment
subject to laws restricting disbursements under certain investment
yield scenarios; as a result, there can be no guarantee of a scholarship
award for the upcoming academic year.
Eligibility:
• Be or have been a mentee in a recognized Mobius mentoring program
for a minimum of two consecutive years (excluding e-mentoring)
• Demonstrate academic achievement
• Demonstrate financial need
• Demonstrate education/work ethic
Required documents:
Unified Scholarship Application, FAFSA, rec-
ommendation letter #1 (non-relative), essay #1 (general essay), official
transcript, and certification
(provide a signed statement from an authorized
official of the recognized Mobius mentoring program in which you participated,
indicating the name and location of the program, the name of your mentor/s,
and the date you started and, if applicable, ended your participation)
Amount:
One $1,000 scholarship
Selection:
Recommendation letter, essay, financial need, and academic
achievement
Average applicants:
8
Average awards:
1
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