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Scholarships for Vermonters

Scholarships, like grants are forms of "gift aid," meaning there is no obligation (under most circumstances) to repay the funds. While grants are generally awarded according to financial need, scholarships are typically based on factors unique to each scholarship. These may include residency, degree program or major, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and in some cases, financial need. Scholarships, unlike grants, are competitive, meaning that eligible applicants compete for a limited number of awards.

Where To Look For Scholarships

  • Locally – your high school, businesses, clubs, or town officials
  • Your college or university
  • VSAC's scholarships booklet — info on more than 140 scholarships available to Vermont residents for the 2017-2018 college year.

    Please note: All application deadlines for scholarships within VSAC’s scholarships booklet have passed for the 2016–2017 academic year. Check back here in November for VSAC’s scholarships booklet for the 2017–2018 college year, or use our online order form to receive a printed copy through the mail.

  • On the Web
VSAC’s presentation on scholarships


Application Deadlines For VSAC-Assisted Scholarships

Mark your calendar!  Will you be applying for VSAC-assisted scholarships for the 2017-2018 college year?  The 2017-2018 Unified Scholarship Application (USA) will be available after January 1, 2017.

2017-2018 Unified Scholarship Application (USA):  The application and all required documents (including essays, recommendation letters, and other documentation) must be submitted by midnight on March 3, 2017.

Early-bird applications submitted by February 3, 2017, will be entered in a drawing for one of three $1000 scholarships.  Check the early-bird-scholarship rules


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How To Apply For VSAC-Assisted Scholarships

  • The 2017-2018 Unified Scholarship Application (USA) will be available after January 1, 2017.
  • See the steps below to apply for the 2016-2017 college year.


Are you applying for the 2016-2017 college year? After January 1, complete the online Unified Scholarship Application.

  1. Log in to your myVSAC account or create a myVSAC account.
    1. Click on "Apply for Scholarships" in the Scholarships box on the left.
    2. Click on "Unified Scholarship Application (USA)" under "Submit Scholarship Application" on the right, and follow the directions.
  2. After you’ve completed your USA online, submit required documents (such as letter, essay, or official transcript) to VSAC:
    1. Log into your myVSAC account.
    2. Click on “Apply for Scholarships” in the Scholarships box on the left.
    3. Click on “Submit Required Documents” under "Upload Scholarship Documents" on the right, and follow the directions.
    If you’re unable to submit your required documents online, you can mail them to VSAC.

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Scholarships For Foster-Care Youth

VSAC administers two scholarship programs created specifically for individuals who are, or were, in foster care under the custody of the Vermont Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families under specified conditions.

  • The Emily Lester Vermont Opportunity Scholarship
  • Vermont John H. Chafee Education and Training Scholarship

Print our information sheet (PDF), which describes eligibility criteria and the application process.

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Armed Services Scholarships Information

General Tips

  • Request a copy of the VSAC scholarships booklet to identify scholarships for which you meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Check with your high school guidance office, and/or local community organizations, for a list of any local or community scholarship opportunities.
  • Before applying for scholarships, contact the schools to which you are applying; find out how receiving a scholarship might affect your overall financial aid.
  • Be sure to submit all required documents, in addition to the scholarship application, for the VSAC-assisted scholarships for which you are applying.
  • Beware of scholarship scams. Call the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 or visit their website www.ftc.gov, and click on Consumer Protection for more information.

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Scholarship Tools

View VSAC’s online presentation “Understanding the Scholarships Process"

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