Empowering Students to Find Their Passion Through Technology Learning

The first mission of the Red River Charitable Foundation was to promote STEM education to middle and high school students in our local community. We want students to understand the exciting, vastly creative, unlimited potential and enormous career opportunities that an IT education can provide. We support this mission by giving monetary donations to students who apply for the RRCF scholarship who are off to college in an IT related field. The students are awarded at our annual charity golf event every July that they proudly attend with their families. The best part is we usually surprise them with a an unexpected laptop at the event generously donated by one of our partners!

 

Think SMART

Get hands-on with IT. Are you a high school student that’s interested in IT and enjoys hands-on learning? Red River’s Think SMART program incorporates real-world learning in a professional work environment. Students will gain Skills, Mentorship, Access, Readiness and Technology through hands-on IT troubleshooting, interviewing and business skills with the support of the Red River IT team and by learning from one another. This collaborative program focuses on more than just break/fix IT skills and lays the foundation for students to be successful in a professional work environment.


The 2017 Application is Now Closed.

Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia

RRCF has identified a new opportunity for employees in the DC office to carry on our mission of giving back to the community with a developing partnership with the Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia. By partnering with the Children’s Science Center, RRCF will help provide young kids access to advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education that they otherwise would not have access to. These children will be able to see and create science experiments, develop strong mathematic skills, and explore fun and engaging educational tools in technology and engineering.
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Scholarship Program

rrcf_logo_scholarship_programRRCF and its Scholarship Program were designed to promote technology knowledge, education, and interest among area students. Red River is pleased and committed to support area students. This scholarship is awarded to seniors who intend to major in Computer Science or other Information Technology course of study.  Such majors include but are not limited to Animation, Biomedical Engineering, Game Design & Development, Bioinformatics, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, and Graphics & Web Design.  RRCF has awarded numerous scholarships to area students since 2008.  Students must have demonstrated qualities of good citizenship and character and must submit a separate essay on a given topic surrounding technology.  We rate each submission by the creativity and overall quality of the essay, extent of the student’s financial need, their involvement with extracurricular activities, and whether their grades reflect they are a conscientious student.

How to Apply?

Scholarship Recipients Through The Years

winner-2016

Hartford High School

Hunter Brooks – Norwich University, Major:  Computer Security and Information Assurance
Paige Kehoe – Wheaton College, Major:  Neuroscience

Fall Mountain Regional High School

Paul Beliveau – University of Massachusetts Lowell, Major:  Mechanical Engineering and Robotics
Macane Dunbar – Rochester Institute of Technology, Major:  Computer Science

Stevens High School

Ryan Shattuck – Plymouth State University, Major:  Computer Science

Windsor High School

Nicholas Kapuscinkski – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Major:  Mechanical Engineering

winner-2015

Newport High School

Anthony DiPadova – Dartmouth College, Major: Computer Science

Fall Mountain Regional High School

Rachel Putnam – Lyndon State College, Major: Graphic Design
Thomas Pilvelait – Harvard, Major: Computer Science and Physics

Stevens High School

Erin Truesdell – Drexel University, Major: Game Art and Production
Erica Pritchett – Suffolk University, Major: Graphic Design

Windsor High School

Emma Saucier – Vermont Technical College, Major: Mechanical Engineering

winner-2014

Stevens High School

Zachary Bunnell – University of Rochester, Major:  Engineering
Cassondra Dale – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Major:  Electrical Engineering
Kai Kleyensteuber – UNH, Major:  Electrical Engineering

Fall Mountain Regional High School

Sonja Hansson – Union College, Major:  Bioengineering

Windsor High School

Ethan Hill – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Major:  Math/Aerospace

Newport High School

Hannah Merrow – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Major: Bioinformatics

winner-2013

Fall Mountain Regional High School

Eric Parrott – Plymouth State University, Major:  Computer Science

Stevens High School

Cylan Gosselin – Norwich University, Major: Engineering Management
Michael Saben – New Hampshire Technical Institute, Major: Animation & Graphic Game Programming
Romario Bailey – The University of Vermont, Major:  Undeclared (Engineering or IT)
Dallas Wolfe – The Art Institute of California, LA, Major:  Audio Production

winner-2012

Fall Mountain Regional High School

Konstantinos (Kostas) Georgiadis – WPI, Major: Aerospace Engineering
Joshua Makinen – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Major: Computer Science

Stevens High School

Justan Parker – Wentworth Institute of Technology, Major: Civil Engineering
Catherine Gessner – Keene State College, Major: Film Production
Adam Miller – Norwich University, Major: Engineering Management

winner-2011

Fall Mountain Regional High School

Timothy Bujnevicie – Worcester Polytechnic Institute,  Major: Computer Science

Stevens High School

Sarah Frazier – Wentworth Institute of Technology, Major: Biomedical Engineering
Craig Woodbury – Rochester Institute of Technology, Major: Game Development & Design

winner-2010

Stevens High School

Travis Blain – River Valley Community College, Major: Computer Technology

winner-2009

Stevens High School

Colby Santaw – Clarkson University, Major: Computer Engineering
Richard Kanto – Savannah School of Art & Design, Major: Animation

winner-2008

Stevens High School

Ryan Cameron – Plymouth State University, Major: Computer Science
Daniel Decina – River Valley Community College, Major: Computer Science

Rogue Robots of 4-H

RRCF has sponsored and mentored the Rogue Robots of 4-H robotics program for many years and it has been wonderful to see the team grow and work together so well. 

“It has been a whirlwind few months for the Rogue Robots of 4-H. The team kicked off its 2015 season in the first week of January and has been in constant motion ever since. We launched immediately into our six-week build season, working to complete our 2015 robot to lift and stack plastic totes and recycling bins for this year’s game, “Recycle Rush.” Additionally, we mentored a rookie team in next-door Newport, NH, through their first build season together. After our midnight “hands-off” deadline in mid-February, we got right to work making final preparations before the competition season began in March. When we set out for the Pioneer Valley District Event in Springfield, Massachusetts, we were ready to go with our robot “Antoinette,” which featured a “guillotine” elevator design with static forklift arms designed to pick up and handle both types of game containers.

We used the Pioneer Valley event as a “spring training” of sorts as we worked out the bugs in our bot and our program, and, by the end of the weekend, we were feeling good about our potential for future success. We went back to back with competitions this year, and left the very next weekend for the Pine Tree District event in Lewiston, Maine. There, we were at the top of our game: we scored tons of points, improved our strategy, and even sent five of our team members to sing in the National Anthem Choir for opening ceremonies. The last day of competition was massively exciting; we were selected for a playoff alliance for the first time ever, and were thrilled to have been able to participate in elimination matches with our alliance partners, Teams 2648 (Infinite Loop) and 3451 (The Anomaly).

As we finish this competition season, we have been able to look back and see a significant shift in our performance as a team. We are emerging as a fierce and strategic competitor on the field while continuing work on our award-winning culture and image back in the pits. It’s been a very exciting year so far, and it’s only April. We look forward to a continued partnership as the Rogue Robots continue to shatter boundaries and take the world of FIRST by storm.

On a personal note, this was my last year with Team 3585, and I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of this team. I have been invited to FIRST World Championships in St. Louis in April to make a presentation on starting an animation team with limited resources, and that is one of the numerous opportunities my time with FIRST has given me. I have gained new skills, made new friends, and my work with the Rogue Robots has helped to guide me towards my chosen career path (game design and 3D animation) while providing me with the means to get a head start on the real-world skills I will need for future success. Your support gave my teammates and I opportunities to expand our knowledge and worldview and explore new life experiences, and we thank you for helping the Rogue Robots make this possible. Thank you again for all you have made possible!”

Golf Classic

Each July, RRCF hosts a Charity Golf Classic to benefit the Foundation. This event is our main fundraiser, and we are very fortunate to have great participation and sponsors each year. At the dinner banquet that follows the tournament, our high school scholarship winners and their families are the guests of honor. It is always heartwarming to hear the students speak about their future plans and the positive effects that our scholarship has on them. Over the years our scholarship program has grown substantially and come full circle. We’ve hosted college internships with our recipients and also brought some on board as full-time employees. Come join us at the Quechee Club to meet this year’s deserving scholarship winners!

Join Us Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at the Quechee Club
Register Now!

 

IT Rocks: Other Student Programs We Support

  • Colby Sawyer Mock Interviews
  • Girls Technology Day
  • High School IT Work Study Program
  • New England College Mock Interviews
  • NOVA
  • TechWoman Ambassadors Week
  • River Valley Community College Discovery Day
  • University of New Hampshire Senior Capstone Project
  • Young Woman in Engineering
  • River Valley Community College Kid’s in Technology
  • Upper Valley Business & Education Partnership Job Shadow Day