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EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund

The EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund offers the EPOC Environmental Scholarship, ranging from $20,000 to $60,000, to undergraduate or graduate students to complete their studies to become technical environmental professionals.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 30, 2024
Closing in 12 Days
$20,000–$60,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$1,000
1 Award Winner

CALAHE Competitive Scholarship

The Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) offers $1,000 to Hispanic high school seniors and undergraduate students to pursue undergraduate degrees and ease its expenses.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
June 7, 2024
Open
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$5,000

NERC College/Graduate Scholarship

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) offers NERC College/Graduate Scholarship to qualified students of Korean descent, including international students from Korea, to further their education.

Eligible Grades
High School Junior – Graduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2024
Application Deadline
June 30, 2024
Open
$5,000
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Stanley R. Arnold Scholarship

The scholarship, sponsored by New England State and Local Tax Forum, is awarded to one student enrolled in a qualifying tax program, pursuing MST, J.D., or LL.M degrees.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2024
Application Deadline
July 1, 2024
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,500–$10,000
1 Award Winner

NYWICI Scholarship

The NYWICI Scholarship is available to an outstanding female student from either NY, NJ, CT, or PA to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in communications or related fields.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$2,500–$10,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Connecticut Chapter $1000 Scholarship

The Connecticut Section of the Ninety-Nines offers the Connecticut Chapter Scholarship to active female CT 99s members for a minimum of six months to reach their goals in aviation.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner

Elson T. Killam Memorial Scholarship

NEWWA offers the Elson T. Killam Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 to an outstanding student enrolled in a civil or environmental engineering program at a four-year college or university.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner

Francis X. Crowley Scholarship

NEWWA offers the Francis X. Crowley Scholarship of $3,000 is offered to undergraduate students enrolled in civil or environmental engineering programs or business management programs at a four-year college or university.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship

New England Water Works Association awards the George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 scholarship to one undergraduate student in a civil engineering program at a four-year college or university.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner

Joseph Murphy Scholarship

New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) awards the Joseph Murphy Scholarship of $1,500 to an undergraduate student enrolled in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or any subject related to water management.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner

Michael Garofano Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to a student passionate to promote policies and practices to provide safe drinking water and pursue an academic career in civil, environmental, or water management sciences.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

NEWWA Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

The NEWWA Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program provides one or more scholarships of $2,000 to undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in water works.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners

ACEC-CT Scholarship

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut offers ACET-CT Scholarship of $1,000 to two high school seniors in Connecticut to pursue undergraduate degrees in engineering.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 15, 2023
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Connecticut Wealth Management Scholarship

The Connecticut Wealth Management, LLC offers its Connecticut Wealth Management Scholarship Program of $5,000 is awarded to one Black sophomore student in Connecticut to complete their undergraduate studies.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

CTASLA Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) offers the CTASLA Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students to complete a degree in landscape architecture in Connecticut.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 18, 2023
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

CTASLA Landscape Architecture Environmental Stewardship Scholarship for High School Seniors

The Connecticut association, CTASLA, offers the CTASLA Landscape Architecture Environmental Stewardship Scholarship to six high school seniors who want to pursue a degree in landscape architecture in Connecticut.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 18, 2023
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000–$2,500
4 Award Winners

Bob Eddy Scholarship

The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists offers the Bob Eddy Scholarship to four undergraduate students to complete their studies and pursue a career in journalism in the U.S.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – College Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 25, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$2,500
4 Award Winners
Closed
$4,000–$20,000
8 Award Winners

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

High school juniors and seniors and college freshmen are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Eligible Grades
High School Junior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 5, 2023
Application Deadline
May 3, 2023
Closed
$4,000–$20,000
8 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program

The ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program offers 185 $1,500 flight e-passes to undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from home to study.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
20 Award Winners

Day of Pride Scholarship UCONN

The University of Connecticut (UConn) awards the Day of Pride Scholarship to outstanding high school students from underserved backgrounds to further their education at UConn.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
August 1, 2023
Application Deadline
November 1, 2023
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
20 Award Winners
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
20 Award Winners

UConn – Nutmeg Scholarship

The University of Connecticut (UConn) awards the Nutmeg Scholarship, ranging between $20,000 to $60,000, to exceptional high school students in Connecticut to further their education at UConn.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
August 1, 2023
Application Deadline
November 1, 2023
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
20 Award Winners
Closed
$12,000
5 Award Winners

UConn – Stamps Scholars Awards

The University of Connecticut offers the Stamps Scholars Award to five high school senior students in Connecticut, each, to pursue undergraduate degrees at the University of Connecticut (UConn).

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
August 1, 2023
Application Deadline
November 1, 2023
Closed
$12,000
5 Award Winners
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner

ASHRAE Region I Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

ASHRAE Setty Family Foundation Scholarship annually awards a $3,000- scholarship to an undergraduate student studying mechanical or architectural engineering at a post-secondary educational institution within ASHRAE Region I.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,500–$10,000
1 Award Winner

Carlozzi Family Scholarship

The NYWICI offers two undergraduate and graduate female students the Carlozzi Family Scholarship, ranging between $2,500 to $10,000, demonstrating writing excellence to further their education in communications.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 24, 2024
Closed
$2,500–$10,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
2 Award Winners

Interpublic Group Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to two qualified undergraduate or graduate female students enrolled in a full-time communications-related field of study. It’s accompanied by a summer internship in New York City.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 31, 2024
Closed
$5,000
2 Award Winners

About Connecticut Scholarships

Connecticut, known for its manufacturing industry, offers high-quality education and currently ranks at #8 according to the U.S. News in overall education rankings. It is home to around 200,000 students and more than 70 tertiary institutions. The prestigious Yale University is also located in this state.

Not a lot of students are able to continue their education in Connecticut without student loans. The state’s total student loan debt is around $17.5 billion and the average debt per student is around 21% higher than the national average. Moreover, the high cost of living on average, 16% higher than the national average, in Connecticut makes graduating more expensive. This is because higher living costs mean greater transportation costs and more expensive utilities and other necessities.

Luckily, students have access to a lot of scholarships in the state. There are options for all kinds of Connecticut scholarships with some based on merit, some on need, some athletic scholarships, and some for students who have demonstrated exceptional talent or achievement in some area. A lot of these scholarships can also be used towards education-related living expenses.

We have provided a list of Connecticut scholarships for different students and information on how to get them.

Colleges in Connecticut

There are around 73 colleges and universities active in the state of Connecticut and most of them are private schools and contain some of the top ranking schools nationally. Public schools make up around 26 of the total number. The top three Connecticut universities are Yale University, University of Connecticut, and Fairfield University.

Yale University is one of the top 5 universities in the U.S. and is located in the city of New Haven. It is a city-setting private institution with around 6,645 undergraduate enrolments. Studying at Yale can be quite expensive as its average tuition is around $64,700. Those who choose to stay on campus have the added expense of room and board which is $19,180 for the year 2023-2024. It is quite a hard college to get into as the acceptance rate is only 5% and students must have exceptional grades and SATs above 1500 to get a good chance of getting accepted.

The University of Connecticut is a public institution located in Storrs, CT. It has a rural setting and has a much lower average tuition cost than Yale, being $20,366 for in-state students. For out-of-state students, the tuition and fees rise to $43,034. The University of Connecticut has a much higher undergraduate student enrollment of almost 19,000 students. Its acceptance rate is about 55% and also accepts SATs in the 1200s. The room and board for the current year for students staying on campus is $13,996.

Fairfield University is a private institution with a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,757. Being a private university it has higher tuition costs which is around $56,360; however, the cost is still lower than Yale. Its acceptance rate is around 52% and students with a GPA around 3.8 and good SAT scores have a higher chance of getting accepted. The room and board at this university cost $17,500.

Colleges That Accept 3.0 GPA in Connecticut

Some 4-year colleges in Connecticut accept students with a grade B or 3.0 GPA. Central Connecticut State University, Albertus Magnus College, University of Bridgeport, and Southern Connecticut State University and some examples.

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is located in New Britain, CT. Its average accepting GPA is around 3.2 and the chances of getting accepted are around 70%. Submitting SAT scores is not compulsory but if you do have good scores it can help you get into college more easily. The average SAT for students accepted at CCSU is around 1070.

Albertus Magnus College is another option for students with an average acceptance GPA of around 3.1. It is a private college located in the city of New Haven and has a high acceptance rate of more than 80%. Submission of SATs/ACTs is not compulsory but recommended for higher chances of approval. However, being a private institution, it has a higher tuition fee as compared to public universities.

The University of Bridgeport also attracts mostly students with ‘B’ grades and above. It generally accepts students who can score in the top 69% on standardized admission tests. It is also a private institution with tuition costs above $30,000. However, it charges the same tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Located in New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) is also an option in Connecticut for universities that accept a 3.0 GPA. It has a high acceptance rate of around 82.9% and submitting a reasonable SAT along with a GPA can increase the chances of admission. It is a public 4-year institution with tuition costing around $6,162 for in-state students and $18,436 for out-of-state.

Cost of College in Connecticut

The average annual college tuition for in-state Connecticut students was close to $21,000 in 2022 which is higher than the national annual average tuition cost. Moreover, over, the living costs in the state are also 16% higher than the national average which makes studying and living in Connecticut even more expensive.

Some of the highest-costing institutions include Trinity College with tuition and fees of around $67,420, Wesleyan University with tuition costing around $67,016, Connecticut College with $64,812 tuition fees, and Yale University with tuition costs of around $64,700. These colleges are also the most prestigious ones in the state of Connecticut.

A few institutions with the lowest tuition costs include the Holy Apostles College and Seminary which charges $9,440 for tuition, Eastern Connecticut State University which costs $13,292 in terms of tuition for in-state students, Western Connecticut State University with $12,345 in-state tuition, and Goodwin University with an average in-state tuition of $21,198.

The generally higher costs of tuition and cost of living in Connecticut make it hard for students to graduate successfully and they end up taking loans. This debt can be a long-term burden that students might find hard to pay off later on. It is better to opt for some of the full-ride Connecticut scholarships such as the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity, and The Day of Pride Scholarship UCONN.

Connecticut Student Demographics

Connecticut has a total enrollment of around 193,115 out of which around 155,286 are undergraduates and around 60% are females.

The highest number of enrolments is of White Americans, around 50% of the total enrolments. Hispanics make around 32,000, followed by African Americans with 25,524 enrollments and Asians with around 11,000. Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders make up the smallest percentage of the total – even less than 1%.

Average Student Debt in Connecticut

Connecticut contributes around $17.5 billion in student debt to the nation’s total of more than a trillion. This debt is spread over close to 497,700 student borrowers and the average per student debt equals $35,162 which is higher than the national average. A higher percentage of the borrowers owe between $20,000 to $40,000 in debt.

How to Get Connecticut Scholarships

How To Apply

The following are the main steps to apply for any scholarship:

1. Check Eligibility

Scholarship websites are the easiest place to find most scholarship opportunities as they list all the available options under one roof. They also list scholarships according to state, college major, demographic, and grade level. You can also filter them according to the parameters provided to narrow down the list. This makes it easier to find scholarships that are best suited to you. Go through the eligibility requirements of the scholarships thoroughly to make sure that you qualify to save time. Some scholarships may be need-based and are awarded based on the financial need of the student, while others may be based on merit.

2. Understand the Application Requirements

It is important to understand what the scholarship demands for submitting a strong application.

Scholarship applications may require some or all of the following:

  • Scholarship Application Form: Scholarship application is unique for each scholarship and is a must to be considered as an applicant. It usually asks for general information about the application like their name, date of birth, education, address, and so on. It may also contain a few short answer questions relevant to the scholarship.
  • Essay: Many scholarships require an essay along with the application form. Applicants can make themselves stand out via their essays. Therefore, you should take proper time and put in good effort when writing one. It’s important that your essay is original, and represents your personality and opinions.
  • Letters of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation can be written by your personal or professional references. Some scholarships specifically demand letters of recommendation from teachers. The letter contains reasons for why the applicant is a deserving one. It assesses the applicant’s qualities, characteristics, strengths, capabilities, and academic performance, which kind of acts as a character certificate when applying for scholarships.
  • Grade Transcripts: Many scholarships whether they are merit-based or need-based usually require school transcripts that show the academic performance of an individual. You can get a copy through your school’s website or the office and attach it to the application form.
  • Resume: A resume is where an applicant can highlight their skills and accomplishments. It does not have to have work experiences only but can also include mentions of any societies or extra-curricular activities that you have been a part of, and any special courses that you have completed that equipped you with a certain skill.
  • Financial Information: Many need-based scholarships may ask you to provide financial information that may include information about your family income and any financial aid that you may have received.
  • FAFSA: Some scholarships require applicants to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for them. These are mainly need-based scholarships.
  • Portfolio or Video Submission: There are a few scholarships that ask for video or portfolio submissions. This usually applies to art major scholarships as videos and portfolios are how an applicant can show their skills. Some scholarships do not have other requirements and are like contests where participants have to make a project and provide a picture or video of it to enter and win.
  • School Verification: A school verification letter verifies which school the candidate is attending or has attended, the dates when they started and finished a program, and also includes a list of any certificates or degrees earned.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Occasionally, you may need to provide a copy of your SAT or ACT scores. These are standardized test scores that most colleges and universities require for admission.

3. Order scholarships according to submission deadlines:

It is important to arrange the scholarships according to the deadlines to make sure that you do not miss out on any opportunity. Timing is very important and the earlier you apply the better it is. It is always wise to start early too because it may take time to complete all the submission requirements like writing essays and getting letters of recommendation in hand. Time should, especially, be invested in scholarships that require an essay as it takes a lot of time, planning, and effort to write a good one.
Proofread:

Once you have completed your application and the associated requirements, make sure to go through them all thoroughly at least once. You can also get a friend or someone from the family to help you proofread for mistakes and errors.

4. Submit your application:

After you have taken your time filling out the application form, writing the essay, collecting all the required documents, and proofreading – it is time to submit. Most applications now require online submissions and may take a few minutes only if you have everything ready to upload. Keep track of the status of your application process and keep in mind that it may take some time to receive an answer. You may put in a follow-up email if you haven’t received any reply for some time.

Tips For Applying

  • Start looking early: Don’t wait until the last minute to look for Connecticut scholarships. Many organizations have deadlines that are months before the school year even starts, so it pays to begin your search as soon as possible. Make sure you research, apply, and submit all necessary documents on time in order to maximize your chances of winning scholarships.
  • Network: Many of the scholarship opportunities come through networking and contacts, so make sure you take full advantage of your connections. Utilize family members, friends, contacts from any organizations or clubs you are part of, and even faculty members at your school to learn about different scholarship options in the area.
  • Seek out local scholarships: Many organizations in Connecticut offer scholarships specifically for local students. Look up businesses and community groups in the area, as they often have scholarship programs available. You can also check with your school’s guidance office or college counseling department to see if they know of any opportunities. You can also filter scholarships on websites like Scholaroo for opportunities specific to your state or area.
  • Read the requirements carefully: Once you have a narrowed-down list of scholarships, make sure to read the requirements carefully so you fully understand what is required.
  • Do not rush when applying: Take your time and apply early. This allows sufficient time to gather all the required documents and also write a great essay if needed.
  • Brainstorm for an essay and outline: If an essay is required, always start with brainstorming, then arrange your ideas and make an outline to follow. Unique, personalized, and lively essays have a better chance of qualifying than general and dull ones. Make sure that you understand the topic before starting.
  • Customize application: Some students submit the same application, essays, and letters of recommendation to all organizations. It is better to thoroughly research the organization and what they are actually looking for before and customize your application and essays accordingly. You can also mention what the organization is looking for to people who are writing your recommendation letters so they can make it more relevant rather than general. However, it is important to be honest and avoid including things just for the sake of qualifying and getting a scholarship.
  • Check and Proofread: You may be surprised at the amount of grammatical mistakes and other errors that you may come across when rereading your application and essays. Those applicants who submit applications full of errors appear irresponsible and undetermined to scholarship providers.

Connecticut Scholarships For High School Juniors

It is best to start collecting scholarship money while in the junior year of high school so you can cover a lot of the college tuition with the money saved. The following are a few options to consider:

  1. Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
  2. NERC College/Graduate Scholarship

Connecticut Scholarships for All Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates from all year levels including freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years can apply for the scholarships below. These scholarships can help reduce the need to borrow student loans and help avoid debt.

  1. Elson T. Killam Memorial Scholarship
  2. Francis X. Crowley Scholarship
  3. George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship
  4. Joseph Murphy Scholarship
  5. Michael Garofano Memorial Scholarship
  6. ASHRAE Region I Setty Family Foundation Scholarship
  7. Carlozzi Family Scholarship

Connecticut Scholarships for Graduate Students

There are a couple of scholarships available to Connecticut graduate students. Some of these can also be used by students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  1. Stanley R. Arnold Scholarship
  2. EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund
  3. NYWICI Scholarship
  4. NEWWA Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
  5. CTASLA Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship
  6. ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program

Connecticut Teacher Scholarships

There are not many teacher-specific scholarships in Connecticut but teaching students can apply for all general scholarships that are not limited by major choice. Following are some options to consider for all majors:

  1. Connecticut Wealth Management Scholarship
  2. CALAHE Competitive Scholarship

Connecticut Women Scholarships

More undergraduate student enrollments are women. Some of the best women’s scholarships in Connecticut are suggested below. These can help reduce the financial burden on women, especially single moms and those with other financial responsibilities.

  1. NYWICI Scholarship
  2. Connecticut Chapter $1000 Scholarship
  3. Carlozzi Family Scholarship
  4. Interpublic Group Scholarship

Merit scholarships at Connecticut Colleges and Universities

Connecticut tertiary institutions offer various merit-based scholarships to their income freshmen. Some of the top-ranking universities that offer such scholarships include the University of Connecticut (UConn), Connecticut College, and the University of New Haven.

UConn offers variable renewable scholarships to their new admissions based on academic excellence. Their Stamps Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition and also award a one-time enrichment award of $12,000 to the successful applicant for their studies. This particular scholarship is available to all applicants including out-of-state students too. They have various merit-based scholarships exclusively for in-state students including the Nutmeg Scholarship, Day of Pride Scholarship, President-to-President Scholarship, and Presidential Scholars Award. There are many more merit-based options at UConn for students to opt for.

Connecticut College offers merit scholarships to new enrollments with the highest level of high school achievement and an attitude and passion for continuing achievement. They have multiple scholarships for high achieving students that range from $15,000 to $34,000 including Founders Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, Deans Scholarship, 1911 Scholarship, Shain Scholarship, Thomas Scholarship, and Horizon Scholarship. New applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships during the admission process and selected by the College Admission Committee.

The University of New Haven also automatically considers new applicants for scholarships during the undergraduate admission process. Based on the high school performance the University awards students a Merit Based Scholarship ranging between $10,000 – $30,000. They also have other merit-based scholarships with smaller amounts of up to $4,000 like Honors Scholarship, Portfolio Scholarship, and Pompea Scholarship.

Resources for Connecticut Scholarships

Students from all backgrounds can find relevant scholarships easily on the websites that list them all under one roof. We have provided around 30 Connecticut scholarship choices to consider. There are various charitable and not-for-profit organizations too in Connecticut that are working towards the education of their regions.

The Connecticut Community Foundation is one such example that works to benefit the locals. They award college scholarships and are one of the biggest organizations with more than 150 donors. They have two types of scholarships – General College Scholarships and Special College Scholarships. The General one is open to all within the defined locality whereas the Special ones are for students in specific majors or backgrounds.

The American Savings Foundation is another organization that is based in Connecticut and works towards supporting education in the state. It is an independent charitable foundation that serves 64 towns in Connecticut. They award scholarships primarily based on financial need and the potential impact of a scholarship award. Their scholarships are available to high school seniors, current college students, and nontraditional adult students only.

The Community Foundation for Greater Haven provides scholarships to students residing in New Haven, CT only. A few of the scholarships they have listed on their website include the Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarship which awards between $1,000 to $1,400 annually, the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity with a $5,000 annual award, and the Lee Scholarship Fund ranging between $300 to $3,500.

Students can also refer to the financial aid office of their institution to find out about in-house scholarships that colleges and universities offer to their students.

Connecticut Student College Grants

In most universities and colleges, student’s eligibility for need-based aid like grants is determined by the Office of Financial Aid Services of the institution. Students in Connecticut can also access federal and state-level grants by submitting a FAFSA. Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) are two federal-level grants available to college students.

The Connecticut Office of Higher Education has a Roberta B. Willis Need-Based Grant Program for students who are Connecticut residents and demonstrate financial need. Students can also refer to the CT.GOV-Connecticut’s Official State Website for information on more state-level student financial aid including grants and scholarships.

The University of Connecticut also provides in-house grants to need-based students. They have limited grant funds that they award to deserving full-time students to use for any educational expenses providing that UConn tuition is charged. You can contact your school’s financial aid office to find out if your institution supports in-house student grants.

Frequently asked questions

What is the easiest type of scholarship to get?

Scholarships with minimum requirements are easier to get. Some of the easiest Connecticut scholarships include:

  1. Connecticut Chapter $1000 Scholarship
  2. Elson T. Killam Memorial Scholarship
  3. Francis X. Crowley Scholarship
  4. Joseph Murphy Scholarship

Does Connecticut College give full-ride scholarships?

Scholarships awarded at the Connecticut college range from a few thousand to full-ride. You can find various full-ride scholarships for other colleges and universities in Connecticut too. Some examples include the following.

  1. EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund
  2. Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
  3. Day of Pride Scholarship UCONN

How do I get a full-ride scholarship to UConn?

UConn offers scholarships based on merit, financial need, special talent, and leadership qualities. For merit-based scholarships, Uconn requires the student to have exceptional academic high school results with a GPA of at least 3.7. Most UConn scholarships require the applicant to be a UConn student and a Connecticut resident to apply. Moreover, students with a history in community service and leadership also have higher chances of getting one.

How do I qualify for financial aid in CT?

The general eligibility requirements for most Connecticut scholarships include:

  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be a Connecticut residence
  • Graduated from a Connecticut high school
  • Be enrolled as a student at the college or university awarding scholarships
  • Have completed high school, earned the GED, or be in the senior year
  • Have financial need if the scholarship is need-based
  • Have at least a GPA of 3.7 if the scholarship is merit-based
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities

How much scholarship money does UConn give?

Many scholarships at UConn provide students with the full cost of attendance that covers everything including tuition, room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and other education-related expenses.

Are there any scholarships for minorities in Connecticut?

Yes! Check out the Connecticut Wealth Management Scholarship which calls for applications from black students and the CALAHE Competitive Scholarship offers scholarships to Hispanic students.