About Our Scholarships
Since 1983, the Community Foundation has awarded nearly $7 million in scholarships through 122 funds established by generous individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits to help area students pursue an education and establish rewarding careers.
Some scholarships are open to all students in our 42-town service area as well as Westerly, RI; others are open to only some towns, a particular town, or a specific school. Some are open to current or returning college students of any age, but most are for graduating high school seniors. Scholarships range from a one-time award of $500 to a multi-year award of up to $5,000 a year. In 2019, over $725,489 was awarded to 283 students. 2019 recipient list
How Our Scholarships Program Works
Please Note: Applications for the 2019/2020 academic year are currently closed. Applications for the 2020/2021 academic year will be online in early February 2020.
Students can apply for most scholarships through one general application. A few scholarships have very specific eligibility criteria and separate applications. Foundation staff and volunteer committees review and assess the applicants, matching scholarships to recipients based on how well they fit the criteria of the scholarship and the strength of their application.
Because these scholarships are highly competitive, we strongly recommend that prospective applicants review the list of available scholarships to get an idea of what information would strengthen their application to maximize their chances for success.
Graduating high school seniors: The application is due April 5; the transcript and letter(s) of recommendation are due April 12.
Current or returning college students of any age: The application is due March 22; the transcript and letter(s) of recommendation are due March 29.
All applicants are informed whether they have been selected to receive a scholarship by the end of June.
Some scholarships are multi-year awards, but most are one-year, one-time awards. Single-year recipients have to reapply for a scholarship each year.
Scholarship awards are sent directly to the recipient’s educational institution, not to the recipient.
A few scholarships have their own unique application. They include:
Bulkeley Alumni-Harold J. Arkava Scholarship: For lineal descendants of former students of the Bulkeley School in New London, CT who are pursuing post-secondary studies at an accredited educational institution. The application deadline is Monday, April 1 at 5 PM.
Cahill Black Point Education Fund Scholarship:
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 2019-2020 school year. The application deadline is Monday, April 1 at 5 PM.
Caryn Nesbitt, MD Memorial Scholarship:
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 2019-2020 school year. The application deadline is Friday, March 22 at 5 PM.
John Coleman Prince, American Legion Post 9 Scholarship:
For members, legal dependents and legal descendants (children, stepchildren and grandchildren) of American 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. The application deadline is Monday, April 1 at 5 PM.
Most Scholarships are Based on Geography
The following links list scholarships by geographic region:
- Norwich Area
If you live in the towns of Norwich, Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague or Voluntown.
- Southeast Area
If you live the towns of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington, or Waterford.
- Windham Area
If you live in the towns of Ashford, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, Scotland, Stafford, Union, Willington or Windham/Willimantic.
- Northeast Area
If you live in the towns of Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Sterling, Thompson or Woodstock.
- Westerly, Rhode Island
- Community Foundation of Eastern CT 42-Town Region