Lion’s Pride Scholarship for First-Time College Students
The scholarship is available to freshman students who are attending college for the first time. To be eligible you must be a full-time student (12 credits or more), have a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher, and complete the FASFA or New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application.
Nicholas and Jeanne Alesandro Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship must be a graduate of Manville High School, Manville, NJ, and graduate in the top 25 percent of his or her class. The recipient demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office at Manville High School.
United Way of Northern New Jersey ALICE Scholarship
With support from the United Way of Northern New Jersey, the ALICE Scholarship has been established to assist students in financial need who are pursuing a degree or certificate program tailored to prepare them for in-demand jobs across the region. The scholarship funds can be used to help offset costs including -- but not limited to – tuition, transportation, child care, basic needs, tuition, and books/lab supplies. Students must come from ALICE families – Asset Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed. Essay required.
Raymond H. Bateman Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Friends of Raymond H. Bateman, who served on the RVCC Board of Trustees, for more than 40 years. The scholarship is reserved solely for students, who reside in Somerville, NJ, and who graduated from Somerville High School. Candidates must complete an essay of at least 250 words, explaining why they enrolled at RVCC, what area of study they are pursuing, what their long-term goals are, and why the scholarship will make a difference. They also must demonstrate a commitment to the ethics, fairness, and integrity, and service to the community through a description of volunteer activities. Financial need will be considered, but is not a required criteria.
Education Foundation of Bridgewater Raritan Scholarship
An award will be made to an eligible incoming RVCC student from Bridgewater Raritan High School. Student candidates must be entering RVCC in their first year. Somerset or Hunterdon County residence is not a requirement, but applicant must be a graduate of Bridgewater Raritan High School. Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours (unless employed 20 or more hours per week).
Zach Bunsa Memorial Scholarship
The Zach Bunsa Memorial Scholarship will be made to a full-time RVCC student with a 3.0 GPA out of high school, or a 2.75 GPA at RVCC, who is enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours, or 9 hours if working 20 or more hours per week. An active member of Cru or another Christian Youth Group is preferred.
Anthony & Cynthia Caruso Scholarship
From this gift, an annual award will be made to an eligible Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) student. The recipient demonstrates financial need and academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student.
Sophie Sadowsky Chmil Memorial Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship must be a female student, 45 years old and above, who is seeking to acquire new skills and increase her ability to enter the workforce for the first time or to find employment in a second career and succeed in today’s competitive economic market. The recipient is pursuing a degree or certificate in accounting, business administration, financial services, CPA preparation, paralegal studies, and international business. The recipient demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as a full-time RVCC student. Essay required.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Scholarship
The scholarship will cover tuition, fees, and textbook expense up to $7,200 for one student. The student must be full-time (12 credits) with at least a 2.75 GPA. Geographic considerations, though not a requirement, will be given to students who reside in Hunterdon or Somerset Counties.
Frank Denny Memorial Scholarship
Established by Mitchell J. Dinnerstein and Dr. Julie Blackman in memory of their uncle, this scholarship provides support for students who demonstrate dire financial need. Recipients must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.
Dudash Estate Hearing Impaired
This scholarship is awarded to students who are hearing-impaired. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Joanna and John Dzitko Scholarship
Established by Joan and Peter Svoboda to honor Joan’s parents for their commitment to education, this scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student.
Phebe and John Falcone Scholarship
The gap between high school and enrollment at Raritan Valley Community College should be a minimum of three (3) years. Recipients are committed to enrolling in a minimum of six (6) credits per semester, demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit, and earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.
Evelyn S. Field Scholarship
The Evelyn S. Field Scholarship at RVCC honors a distinguished educator, women's and civil rights activist and founding member of the Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees. The scholarship is available to African American matriculating high school graduates who attend RVCC as a freshman. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or greater. Preference will be given to students who reside in Somerset or Hunterdon Counties.
Karolee Dousa Glassman Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who are single mothers and who demonstrate financial need and the determination to earn an associate’s degree or certificate.
Friends of RVCC Scholarship
This scholarship is available to all students: US citizens, international students, or undocumented students (who do not qualify for financial aid); US citizens do need to be financial aid eligible. Recipients must be enrolled in and plan to complete an Associate’s degree (can be either traditional academic program or a Workforce Training program
Scholarship for Fundamental Fairness Honoring the Life of John J. Grossi, Jr.
From this gift, a “first dollar” scholarship award will be made to an eligible RVCC student totaling $4,500 annually ($2,250 per semester) to cover tuition, fees and textbook expense. Candidates can be 1st or 2nd year students. Fair distribution to underrepresented minority students of any and all genders.
Dr. Catherine Hebson McVicker Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of Dr. Catherine Hebson McVicker, who served on the RVCC Board of Trustees for 30 years. In keeping with her tireless advocacy for all students this scholarship is open to all applicants and is intended to help propel recipients to the achievement of their fullest academic and ultimately career potential. This scholarship is need based and merit sustained, recipients are eligible for successive awards provided they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. An essay detailing the applicant’s intended field of study with discussion of higher academic, workplace or career goals is required.
Leo and Ann Lieberman Scholarship
The Leo and Ann Lieberman Scholarship shall be reserved solely for students who reside in Somerville, New Jersey and who graduated from Somerville High School, and who persevered and succeeded in spite of financial, emotional, medical, or personal adversity. Preference will be given to students who have expressed interest in pursuing a career in education, including a focus on STEM education. Somerville High School students can apply through the Guidance Office.
Robert Sydney Needham Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to RVCC students who graduated from a high school in New Jersey and have completed at least 24 credits at RVCC, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to community service by participation in the RVCC Service Learning Program or as a volunteer in the community. The student also needs to be a campus leader, demonstrated through participation in SGA and/or other clubs and student activities.
Raritan Promise Scholarship
To address the need for college affordability, to strengthen RVCC’s unwavering commitment to remain the “College of Opportunity,” and to celebrate Raritan Valley Community College’s 50th Anniversary, the College has established the Raritan Promise Scholarship fund. This special scholarship provides significant support for eligible students on the path to earn an associate’s degree, a certificate, and/or credits that transfer to a four-year university.
Joel F. Reyes-Guzman Scholarship
The Joel F. Reyes-Guzman Scholarship will be made to one (1) or two (2) eligible RVCC student(s). Candidates must have earned a 3.0 GPA at Bound Brook High School and must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters; with a minimum of 6 credit hours during the Summer Session.
Paul Robeson Scholarship
The Paul Robeson Scholarship at RVCC honors a Somerville High grad and global icon, scholar, athlete, concert artist, and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political and civil rights activism. The scholarship is available to African American matriculating high school graduates who attend RVCC as a freshman. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or greater. Preference will be given to students who reside in Somerset or Hunterdon Counties.
Kevin Rosero Memorial Scholarship
The Kevin Rosero Memorial Scholarship will be made to a full-time, second year RVCC student with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Student applicants must have demonstrable student leadership skills and examples of civic or community service.
Frank S. and Patricia F. Russo Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship provides four full scholarships (up to $6,000 per student) to cover tuition and fees. Two female and two male recipients will be chosen. Students are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA (at completion of each semester) to retain the full scholarship. Students who reside in Hunterdon or Somerset Counties are preferred, but geography is not a requirement. Candidates from middle-class/working class families with financial need and some economic challenges, who exhibit a strong work ethic are particularly encouraged to apply. Students who may have struggled in high school (with a lower entering GPA) will not be excluded from consideration.
Second Career Scholarships
The Second Career Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to offer a second chance to individuals seeking to acquire new skills and increase their ability to find employment in a second career and succeed in today’s competitive economic market. Applicants for the Second Career Scholarship must be residents of Somerset County and U.S. citizens (or green card holders), high school graduates of an accredited secondary school, and enrolled in a certificate program, and have satisfactory ability to read and write English. Students also need to demonstrate financial need.
Somerset Hills AAUW Scholarship
Created in 1998 by the Somerset Hills Chapter of the American Association of University Women, this scholarship supports mature women who are returning to school to pursue a career or obtain a degree. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be residents of Somerset or Hunterdon counties.
The Somerville Fire Department Fire Police Scholarship
This scholarship recipient must be a graduate of Somerville High School and demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit. The student must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.
The Tom Tarnowski Scholarship Fund
Established in 2006 by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to honor Mr. Tarnowski’s service to that organization and to the community, this scholarship is available to residents of Somerset County. Applicants must be U.S. citizens (or green card holders), recent graduates of an accredited secondary school, and enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship provides support for two semesters up to $2,500 annually and may be used for tuition, fees and books. Selection is made by application, including an essay and committee review.
The recipient will be one female student, five+ years out of high school (no previous college credits required), who demonstrates financial need, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better during the semester of their award as well as overall/cumulative. Must take a minimum of 9 credit hours to be considered.
Wellbrock Family Scholarship
Students demonstrating financial need and academic merit are eligible for this scholarship. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.