The RHSAA Scholarship Program
The Richmond High School Alumni Association established guidelines for the RCIP:
The Wayne County Foundation provides an annual update to the RHSAA on the amount available for scholarships. This amount includes the funds from the RCIP generated from earnings as well as the portion of the Wayne County College Fund (WCCF) sent to the RHSAA for that coming year. This arrangement began in August of 1997 when funds were placed at the Foundation.
Because the goals of the WCCR and the RCIP are similar, in the year 2000 income from the WCCF from the Wayne County Foundation was made available to support the objectives of the RCIP if the funds were needed.
Since that time, scholarships have been awarded as a “last dollar” amount to the graduating seniors who attend local institutions. In 2006, this was expanded to allow scholarships for alumni of the community attending the local institutions, if funds remained after the selections from the senior class. Priority is given to those we helped in the past, then the graduating class, then alumni seeking an undergraduate degree, and, finally, further education if funds remain. The RHSAA recognizes a GED from RCS the same as a diploma.
In 2009, RCIP scholarships expanded to include books, tuition and fees and laptop computers. At that time, applicants were asked to resubmit an application each of the fall and spring semesters. An award letter showing a line-item for tuition was requested with fees shown. Book charges were presented with a listing from the book store if the applicant was asking for help with books. It was also decided that scholarship funds could be used to replace student loans.