Redwood Scholarship

  • The Redwood High School Foundation Scholarship
    Applications are Closed

    The Redwood High School Foundation scholarship is an important one, as scholarships can make a difference in funding education.
    The awards offered to selected seniors by the Redwood High School Foundation (RHSF)
    are heavily weighted for demonstrated financial need and hardship.


     If this is a scholarship you are interested in applying for
    please read all sections, and gather all materials
    needed to apply before begining the online application.

    The link for the application is at the bottom of this page.

General Information

  • Purpose
    The RHSF Scholarship Committee recognizes and awards students who are continuing their education after graduation from Redwood High School. All scholarships are used for tuition or school expenses at an accredited community college, trade school, 4-year college, or university. 

    Criteria
    *Financial need (required and highest priority)
    *Perseverance and determination
    *Academic achievement
    *Good moral character
    *Good citizenship
    *Criteria specific to the endowed awards 

    Awards
    Scholarship awards are based on the availability of funds and through the application that meets the established criteria with particular emphasis on financial need. After reviewing applications, recommendations for awards are made by the RHSF Scholarship Committee, except for the Chelini awardees who are selected by the RHS Counseling Department. The Committee will mail award checks directly to student accounts at their respective Colleges and Universities in August, 2020.  Funds are not mailed to students. Individual details will not be made public; only the names of the winners will be announced.

    Applications must be completed by each student personally. The decisions of the RHSF Scholarship Committee are final. Any information you submit is confidential; however, if you are an award recipient, your name, the award name and the name of your university/college may be announced or printed.

    About the Redwood High School Foundation Scholarship
    Award decisions are made without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status or gender. After reviewing the applicant’s submittals, recommendations for awards are made by the RHSF Scholarship Committee and approved by the RHSF Board. Only the names of winners will be announced.  Applicant’s personal information is kept confidential. In addition to general awards that typically range from $500 to $1,000.00, specialized awards and awards from Community Partners may be granted individually or in conjunction with general awards. RHS Specialized awards include:

    Redwood High School Awards (~30 Awards/Average $1,000)
    Recognizing students who excel despite economic hardship

    James Pierce Scholarship for Academic Excellence (1 award /up to $5,000)
    Recognizing students who demonstrate intellectual acumen and promise

    The RHS Alumni Scholarship (based on funds raised; 1-2 awards/ to $2,500)
    Recognizing students who demonstrate leadership, intellectual acumen and community spirit

    The Chelini Awards (based on funds raised; 6 awards/up to $500)
    Recognizing students who have overcome significant obstacles and demonstrated character or leadership

    All awards are made possible through generous donations to the Redwood High School Foundation from our alumni and the family and friends of our students, faculty and staff.

     

Submitting The Application

  • Financial Need Criteria: Completed FAFSA or CADAA (CA Dream Act Application) is required for consideration of financial need based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CADAA. The following EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) limits are required and will be strictly adhered to:RHSF awards: maximum EFC $20,000   Exception: *James Pierce Award: maximum EFC $40,000.  If your family’s EFC is higher than the EFC limit, you may submit an application, but must include an explanation of extenuating circumstances that result in financial need. The RHSF Scholarship Committee will use discretion in considering applicants with an EFC above the required limit, but make no promise or guarantee of exceptions.

    The Online Application
    Complete the application which contains four sections: 1) Personal & Financial, 2) Academic, 3) Awards & Activities, 4) Writing Section. The writing section has two short essay questions. The first will help the committee understand your financial situation, and the second will help the committee understand your goals and why you want to pursue a higher education. ALL INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED. IF ANY INFORMATION IS NOT APPLICABLE, INDICATE WITH N/A.

    ♦ In addition to the online application, you are being asked to provide one or two names of Redwood staff members whom you would like us to ask them for a recomendation on your behalf. Email your one or two names of recommenders to Becky Bjursten, College & Career Specialist at bbjursten@tamdistrict.org by the March 30th deadline.

    ♦ Please either take a photo or scan and email your  FAFSA or CADAA Student Aid Report (SAR) printed from FAFSA or CADAA website to Becky Bjursten, College & Career Specialist at bbjursten@tamdistrict.org by the March 30th deadline. If necessary, have your parent/guardian email the Optional Confidential Letter on Finances explaining the family’s financial situation.

    If you feel you need to make any changes after submitting please contact Becky Bjursten, College & Career Specialist at bbjursten@tamdistrict.org

    Complete and Submit Application HERE *Applications are no longer being accepted for the spring of 2020