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If you are a resident of one of our 42 towns or some towns in western Rhode Island, or meet the eligibility criteria of a scholarship for which there is a specific application, you are invited to apply. 

To begin, click “Apply Here” for the appropriate application link below. You will be asked to create a free account in our Scholarships Portal. Note: If you applied for a scholarship in 2020, you've already set up a user account in the Scholarships Portal, so please log into that account for this coming year. If you did not apply for a scholarship in 2020, begin by setting up an account through our Scholarships Portal. 

All 2021 applicants will begin by taking an eligibility quiz through the Scholarship Portal to identify the application(s) that you are eligible to complete. 

Tips:

  • Read all instructions thoroughly, pay close attention to deadlines, and proofread your application, particularly for email addresses of those from whom you will request letters of recommendation and transcripts. See also FAQs
  • Apply using an email address that you will continue to use after the school year ends.
  • Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for the best user interface.
  • Submit attachments as a Word, PDF, PNG or JPEG file. Do not include video or audio clips.
  • All application materials must be submitted electronically. We cannot accept hard copies. 

 

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Scholarship Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now open!

General High School:
Application Deadline April 5, 2021

Use this application if you:

  • Are a graduating high school senior who lives in one of the 42 communities we serve in Eastern Connecticut or in Westerly, Rhode Island;
  • Will be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university for the 2021-2022 school year; and
  • Are in good academic standing.

Information required for this application includes:

  • Personal information (name, permanent address, phone and email)
  • Family information (parent’s name, education level, occupation, siblings’ ages, Expected Family Contribution as listed on the Student Aid Report from the FAFSA)
  • Academic Information (current school, GPA, guidance counselor’s name, email and phone to request your transcript, SAT/ACT scores, name, email and phone of person writing your letter of recommendation)
  • College information (School you will attend if you already know, and/or top three schools you have applied to and whether you have been accepted)
  • Intended area of study and career goals
  • School-based activities (clubs, sports)
  • Other activities (volunteerism, work experience, non-school-based athletics)
  • Honors and other achievements
  • Essay (750 words max.) 
  • Extra essay (500 words max.) for Tuneski/Sheflott Scholarship (about Irish and/or Polish heritage) and Union School/John Geissler/Jerry Baggish scholarships (about Union as a hometown and its impact on the applicant)

The application deadline is Monday, April 5, 2021.

Questions? Contact us at scholarships@cfect.org or 860.442.3572.

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General College:
Application Deadline March 22, 2021

Use this application if you:

  • Are a current college student from one of the 42 towns we serve or from Westerly, RI; or if you are a returning college students of any age, that is, you are an adult returning to post-secondary education after at least one year out of high school and you are financially independent.
  • Will be enrolled in an accredited college or post-secondary institution for the 2021-2022 year; and
  • Are in good academic standing.
  • If you are currently a multi-year recipient, you are not eligible to apply again.

Information Required for this Application Includes:

  • Personal information (name, permanent address, phone and email)
  • Family information (parent’s name, education level, occupation, siblings’ ages, Expected Family Contribution as listed on the Student Aid Report from the FAFSA)
  • Current enrollment (name of school, GPA, expected date of graduation)
  • College transcript and letter of recommendation
  • Intended major and career goals
  • Essay (750 words max.) 

The application deadline is Monday, March 22, 2021.

Questions? Contact us at scholarships@cfect.org or 860.442.3572.

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Caryn Nesbitt, M.D. Memorial Scholarship:
Application Deadline March 22, 2021

For female students with financial need who are residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington or Waterford, who have completed their undergraduate studies, and who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited medical school for the 2021-2022 school year.

Information Specific to this Application Includes:

  • Name and address of medical school
  • Whether you are currently attending or have been accepted to begin in the fall
  • Your medical career goals, including where you hope to practice

The application deadline is Monday, March 22, 2021.

Questions? Contact us at scholarships@cfect.org or 860.442.3572.

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Bulkeley Alumni-Harold J. Arkava Scholarship Fund:
Application Deadline March 29, 2021

For lineal descendant of former student of the Bulkeley School in New London, CT who are pursuing undergraduate studies at an accredited educational institution.

Information Specific to this Application Includes:

  • Full name of the former Bulkeley School student and his class year
  • Your relationship to him

The application deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021.

Questions? Contact us at scholarships@cfect.org or 860.442.3572.

Apply Here

 

Note: This scholarship is NOT the Leonard H. Bulkeley Scholarship, which is unaffiliated with the Community Foundation. For information on that scholarship, contact:

Leonard H. Bulkeley Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 1426
New London, CT 06320
Phone Number: 860.447.1461
Fax Number: 860.439.1638

Cahill Black Point Education Fund Scholarship:
Application Deadline March 29, 2021

For members and descendants of members of Niantic’s Black Point Beach Club Association who are graduating high school seniors and who will be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Information is specific to this application includes:

  • Full name of the Black Point Beach Club Association member
  • Your relationship to him or her

The application deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021.

Questions? Contact us at scholarships@cfect.org or 860.442.3572.

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John Coleman Prince, American Legion Post 9 Scholarship:
Application Deadline March 29, 2021

For members, legal dependents and legal descendants (children, stepchildren and grandchildren) of America Legion Post 9 who are graduating high school seniors, current college students or adults returning to college to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited educational institution. The member must be in good standing and have been a member of Post 9 for at least one year.

Information Specific to this Application Includes:

  • Full name of Post 9 member(s)
  • Your relationship to them

The application deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021.

Questions? Contact us at scholarships@cfect.org or 860.442.3572.

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Skip Thavenet Scholarship Fund:
Application Deadline March 29, 2021

The Skip Thavenet Scholarship is to provide scholarships for students who are residents of the Connecticut towns of Stonington and North Stonington, and the Rhode Island towns of Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton, who are pursuing studies at an accredited community college, technical or trade school or in a certification program in the technical fields with preference for the industrial arts (i.e., welding, industrial manufacturing and construction management programs as well as industrial engineering).

Students who are enrolled or intend to enroll in other engineering programs, including but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering are EXCLUDED from receiving this scholarship.

The application deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021.

Questions? Contact us at scholarships@cfect.org or 860.442.3572.

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“From experiences during my academic career, I realized that in order to change things, for me as an individual, or in the world, I must stand up, speak out, and be an agent for change. I am majoring in photography so that I can bring awareness to the injustices that underserved communities suffer from around the world. During my time at Spelman College and beyond, I hope to honor the people for whom my scholarships are named.” 

- Teala Avery, Norwich, 2020 recipient of the Danny Gilman Memorial Scholarship and the Thomas P. Quinn Memorial Scholarship.

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