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. This is a renewable scholarship.
E. Franklin Warner
This scholarship goes to an RCHS senior with financial need who will appreciate it.
Elizabeth Biggs Memorial Scholarship
RCHS senior with need who has benefited from the influence of an important adult in his/her life. The scholarship will be for a 2 year college or technical school and will be divided, $500 first semester and $1000 for second semester (pending review of first semester grades). Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and remain enrolled for at least six semester hours.
Emily Jane Hilscher Passion Award
The Emily Jane Hilscher Passion 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 Award. Award recipients are the kind of people Emily would have loved, and whose potential she would have delighted in encouraging. The Award candidate must articulate his/her passion and outline plans to achieve his/her goals. This 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.
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.
Grace Bradley Reid Memorial Scholarship
RCHS Senior going on to college or technical school who exemplifies the qualities of hard work and care and compassion for others. Renewable for a second year if funds are available.
Graham Hackley Scholarship
This scholarship, is in memory of the late E. Graham Hackley, beloved owner of Hackley’s Store in Amissville. Goes to seniors with need going to a 4-year college. Preference to those with volunteer involvement, a strong work ethic, and an intent to major in business, veterinary or environmental science, or agriculture. Preference to RCHS senior, but all may apply.
Headwaters Anniversary Scholarship
Available to students pursuing or continuing their post-secondary education. Priority given to those from low-income families or are the first in their family to pursue a post-secondary education. GPA of at least 2.0 required
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.
Jacquemin Family Foundation Scholarship
RCHS Senior attending a 2- or 4-year college or technical school.
Jane Bowling-Wilson Leadership Award
Scholarship for an exceptional RCHS senior with a record of leadership, volunteerism, and community service, enrolling in higher education. Selected students identified as finalists will be interviewed by the Jane Bowling-Wilson Award Advisory Committee and a member of the high school staff. $1500 split between two semesters. Second semester money awarded upon successful completion of 1st semester with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Renewable for three further years of undergraduate study using the Headwaters Renewal form with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Renewal amounts may vary.
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.
Larry and Kathleen Grove Scholarship
RCHS senior with financial need enrolling in a four year college with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to those applicants pursuing a career in education. Students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours per semester.
Lesinski Public Service & Scholarship Award
Award for a RCHS senior who has completed a minimum of 50 total community service hours from 9th to 12th grade and has a minimum GPA of 2.5. Both a Completed Volunteer Hours Earned Form and a letter of Recommendation from Community Service Hour Supervisor are required.
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.
Rappahannock County Garden Club Scholarship
RCHS senior with need, attending a two year college. $1250 per semester for 2 semesters. Second semester money awarded upon successful completion of 1st semester.
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.