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.

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.

Application is now Closed for 2017. Check back in early 2018.

Scholarship Recipients Through The Years

Hartford High School

Conor Joyce – University of Vermont, Major: Biomedical Engineering

Lebanon High School

Rachel Barden – Clarkson University, Major: Engineering and Management
Graham Chickering – Amherst College, Major: Computer Science

Newport High School

Jacob Merritt – Clarkson University, Major: Engineering and Management

Stevens High School

Timothy Berry – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Major: Chemical Engineering
Stephen Bosonac – Rochester Institute of Technology, Major: Electrical Engineering

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. 

“In the Fall, our FIRST Lego League middle school team conducted a research project relevant to the annual challenge.  The theme for 2016 was Animal Allies.  In their research they discovered that police dogs only have Kevlar vests to protect them from gunshots, but these vests are quite heavy and don’t protect against knife attacks or rough terrain/hazardous environments, therefore they are not used regularly.  Our team decided to develop a more lightweight vest made with special breathable fabric that protects against these other potential dangers.  They won an award and are currently working with the UNH Innovation Lab to patent and/or establish a business to manufacture the vests.  Very exciting stuff!

From January 2015 to June 2016, our club hosted underserved students in Claremont and Newport within the National Tech Wizards Mentoring Program sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National 4-H Foundation.  We added ten new mentors and served a total of about 50 kids.  A few of the mentors and several of the youth remained with the Rogue Robots after the Tech Wizards program ended, while some of them branched off to establish their own 4-H clubs and projects.

Due to increasingly high costs for registration, competitions, and parts, we made the difficult decision to transition our high school robotics program from FIRST to VEX for 2017.  Just like FIRST, VEX is an internationally recognized robotics competition program that offers a new challenge game each year.  However unlike FIRST, a new kit of parts does not have to be purchased every year and registration/competition fees are significantly less, freeing up thousands of dollars to expand all our programs, as well as to afford more than one VEX team and participation in several more competitions.  The other advantage is that the annual VEX challenge runs for the entire year, rather than just six weeks of build and about six weeks of competitions.  This allows for slowing down the design and build process which provides more time for the students to learn and explore robotics, technology and engineering practices.  The robots can also be completely redesigned/rebuilt between competitions if necessary based on performance, better reflecting R&D in real robotics companies.”

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