Roothbert Fund Scholarships provide small grants in support of undergraduate or graduate study at accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. by students who are “motivated by spiritual values.” Scholarships typically range from $2,000 to $3,000 and are intended to offer supplemental support for educational expenses; scholarships may be renewed, contingent on satisfactory progress, but may only be used in support of a single academic degree program.
As a rule, the Roothbert Fund makes awards only to students whose current or permanent address is in one of the following states or territories: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, or West Virginia. While the Roothbert Fund does not emphasize any particular form of religious practice or worship, it seeks to support individuals motivated by spiritual values. Scholarships have been awarded to students in a variety of fields and interested in a range of careers, but the fund will favor those considering careers in education.
The Roothbert Fund also seeks to foster a sense of community among its scholars. In their first year on a scholarship, grantees must attend a weekend retreat at a Quaker study center near Philadelphia. Subsequently, grantees are encouraged to attend these retreats when they can, as well as to participate in informal get-togethers held occasionally in New York City and other cities.