Headwaters administers several endowed scholarship and award funds. The Headwaters Next Step Program also helps oversee a number of other local scholarship programs. The deadline for scholarships and re-apply scholarships is early spring. Check the Headwaters website for specific dates. All scholarships can be applied to through the RCHS Common Application*. Headwaters-administered scholarships and awards include:
Berley Jo Riley Scholarship
This scholarship is given to an RCHS senior going to a technical school, training center, or 2- or 4-year college. This scholarship may be given to a student with special needs, a student who has a family member with special needs, or a student who demonstrates evidence of support for another person with special needs. This scholarship is year-round and also supports summer camps and other needs.
E. Franklin Warner
This scholarship goes to an RCHS senior with financial need who will appreciate it.
Elizabeth Biggs Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship supports an RCHS senior with need who has benefited from the influence of an important adult in his/her life. The scholarship is for a 2-year college or technical school. The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and remain enrolled with at least six semester hours.
Emily Jane Hilscher Passion Scholarship and Award
The Emily Jane Hilscher Passion Scholarship and Award is given to exceptionally passionate, creative, spirited young people who live in Rappahannock County. Emily’s family chooses to celebrate the wondrous, yet short time that they had with her through the Passion Scholarship. Scholarship recipients are the kind of people Emily would have loved, and whose potential she would have delighted in encouraging. The scholarship candidate must articulate his/her passion and outline plans to achieve his/her goals. This scholarship is awarded by the family to a passionate, creative, spirited high school senior pursuing further training, educational opportunities, and/or 2 or 4-year post-secondary education. Scholarships are non-renewable.
Friends of Headwaters Scholarship
This award goes to an RCHS senior with financial need enrolling in a technical school, or a 2- or 4-year college with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students must be registered for 6 credit hours per semester.
Graham Hackley Scholarship
This scholarship, in memory of the late E. Graham Hackley, beloved owner of Hackley’s Store in Amissville, goes to a senior with need going to a 4-year college. Preference is given to those with volunteer involvement, a strong work ethic, and an intent to major in business, veterinary or environmental science, or agriculture. Preference is for an RCHS senior, but all may apply.
James J. Kilpatrick Writing Award
This scholarship is awarded to a Rappahannock County high school senior who exhibits excellence in creative writing and is planning on attending college/university. The student is selected by the faculty of RCHS.
Jeff MacNelly Art Award
This award is for artistic achievement commemorating former Rappahannock resident Jeff MacNelly, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who lampooned politicians and the pompous and still found time to create and draw the syndicated comic strip “Shoe.” There is no application process for this award. The award is made through the recommendation of the art teacher.
Joseph Horning Scholarship
This award is for an African-American senior at RCHS planning to attend a two- or four-year college/university. This scholarship is renewable for three further years of undergraduate study. The student must supply proof of enrollment, a minimum GPA of 2.5, and SAR from the FAFSA.
Liz Tole Elementary Education Endowment
Each year, the family of the late Liz Tole, former extraordinary volunteer at RCES, presents the “Liz Tole Educational Excellence Award” to a deserving RCES staff member who exhibits the traits of kindness, generosity of spirit, honesty, and commitment, traits for which Mrs. Tole was loved by adults and children alike. The previous winners select each year’s recipient.
The Richard Lykes/Buddy Darden Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a RCHS Senior who enrolls in an accredited postsecondary institution immediately after graduation. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA the last two semesters. Preference is given to those who have greatest need, those who are the first in their family to attend college, and those who are pursuing an education in journalism, photography, architecture, design, or the arts. This award may be renewable through an application process for 3 subsequent years of study. Students must supply evidence of a GPA of at least 2.5 and proof of enrollment. Re-applies should check the Headwaters website for re-apply instructions after January 1st.
The RPM is an endowed scholarship fund in memory of a former Rappahannock county resident who struggled to be able to afford college. This award is given to an RCHS senior enrolling in a 2- or 4-year college or technical school. Applicants must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA (last two semesters). Preference is given to students with financial need who are the first in their family to attend college. Multiple awards are granted. This award may be renewable through an application process for 3 subsequent years of study. Students must supply evidence of a GPA of at least 2.5 and proof of enrollment.. Re-applies should check the Headwaters website for re-apply instructions after January 1st.
*Additional academic scholarships are announced each year though the Common Application for Scholarships. Please view this site or www.headwatersnextstep.com after January 1st to download a copy of the Common Application.