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Book helps Vermont students get scholarships

WINOOSKI — Vermont Student Assistance Corp.’s annual publication, Scholarships for Vermonters, is now available with information on more than 126 programs for eligible Vermonters looking to finance their education and training after high school.
Scholarships, like grants, are financial aid that you do not need to pay back. Many different groups, organizations, and even individuals offer scholarships. They are offered for all kinds of achievements — and to all kinds of students. And they’re usually competitive, with eligible applicants competing for a limited number of awards.
New scholarships for academic year 2018-19 include:
•  $2,500 from the Paquin Family Technical Scholarship for students from Franklin County interested in an accredited certificate program in technical and skilled trades.
•  $2,500 from the Tatarczuch Family Scholarship for business study, open to students seeking a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or business management.
•  $2,500 from the Tatarczuch Family Scholarship for technical study, open to students who are the first in their family to attend a postsecondary program and seeking an associate’s degree in a technical field.
Thanks to an endowment of nearly $400,000 from the estate of Roger W. Stewart, students from Orleans County also will be able to apply for both the Hi-Low Farm Orleans County 4-H Scholarship and High-Low Farm Lowell Vermont Scholarship annually beginning with the academic year 2019-20.
Mr. Stewart, of Lowell, was a retired dairy farmer who died in 2015; he “had an amazing work ethic and was just a wealth of information for those he worked with. He was very well respected … both by the farmers in Orleans County and … statewide,” according to his obituary.
Beginning Nov. 1, VSAC will have links to complete the online unified scholarship application, or USA, and required transcripts, recommendations or other documentation can be uploaded right at the VSAC website. Visit VSAC’s scholarship page for more information.
To access the VSAC scholarship booklet for the 2018–2019 academic year, applicants can download a PDF version, order a free print version by mail or request a copy from their high school guidance counselor. The scholarship booklets also will be distributed to agencies, colleges, and libraries in Vermont and some out-of-state high schools and colleges that border Vermont.
The deadline for these VSAC-assisted scholarships is Feb. 16, 2018. For more information, call 888-253-4819 or email [email protected].

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