Scholarships

Congratulations on your choice to attend Riverland Community College! There are a number of scholarships available through the Riverland Community College Foundation that may help you achieve your educational goals. Scholarships are sponsored by friends of the College including staff, faculty, corporations, community organizations and individuals.

Please Note:

  • Applicants must submit a new application  each semester, including a new recommendation form.
  • Applicants must be enrolled for a minimum of six Riverland credits and must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, unless otherwise noted in the scholarship criteria, to receive a Foundation scholarship.
  • Students enrolled in Post Secondary Enrollment (PSEO) or concurrent enrollment classes for the academic year are not eligible for Riverland Foundation scholarships.
  • Awards will be given starting the 11th day of class for either fall or spring semester and will be applied to the students' tuition accounts at Riverland Community College.
  • Complete applications must be post marked by the deadline date or must be hand-delivered to a Riverland Student Service Representative or Foundation Staff member by 4:00 p.m. on the deadline date; deadline to submit a fall scholarship application is July 15; spring scholarship applications are due November 1. 
  • Students do not need to qualify for financial aid to be considered for a scholarship.


Scholarship Review Criteria


The scholarship review committee reviews the entire scholarship application packet including scholastic achievements, responses to application questions (including community service, education and career goals, etc.) and recommendation form.

Scholarship Selection Criteria for Riverland Community College Foundation Scholarships:

Financial Need
(Up to 10% of selection decision)
A student’s education-related expenses not covered by financial aid will be examined.  Students receive points for various levels of financial need.  Applicants must complete either the financial aid application (FAFSA) or the Financial Need section on the scholarship application form.  Additionally, students should describe financial need as requested on the scholarship application.

Scholastic Achievement
(Up to 25% of selection decision)
Students receive points for various levels of academic achievement.  Students receiving the award must have at minimum a cumulative “C” average (2.00 GPA).

Activities Participation and Service to Others 
(Up to 20% of selection decision)
Your active involvement in clubs, committees, sports, music and other activities, in addition to involvement in service to others is a consideration for selection.   

Reason for Application and Future Goals
(Up to 15% of selection decision)
Your reason(s) for application, your future goals, and what you hope to achieve with your education are reviewed in this section of the application.

Recommendation
(Up to 15% of selection decision)
A positive recommendation from an instructor, or counselor or principal is very important in the selection process.

Appearance of the Application and Completion of Entire Application 
(Up to 15% of selection decision)
A professional looking and complete application can be a decisive factor for selection particularly among competitive applicants.  Ten points will be awarded for a complete typewritten application; respondents are expected to respond to each question.  Remember to spell-check your application.



 

Contact 

Laura Minehart
Assistant Director of Foundation
507-433-0630
Austin West