Apply for a Scholarship
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 Online Scholarship System. Note: If you established an account in SmarterSelect (our old system) for a previous scholarship application to us, you will still need to create a new account in the Online Scholarship System.
Once you have set up your user account on the Online Scholarship System, you will need to take an eligibility quiz to identify the application(s) that you may complete.
You may need to work on your application over time. Once in the Online Scholarship System, you can save your application at any point and return to it later.
- Read all instructions thoroughly and pay close attention to deadlines. 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.
- Make sure your essay fits in the space provided. If it is too long, edit it to fit the maximum word count.
- Submit attachments as a Word or PDF document. Do not include video or audio clips of any kind.
- Save a copy of your scholarship application for your records.
- Supporting documentation that cannot be attached to the online application may be mailed to: Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Attn: Scholarship Committee, 68 Federal Street, New London, CT 06320.
What NOT to do:
- Use your school email address instead of a personal address you will have after high school
- Misspell your guidance counselor’s or teacher’s email address
- Have your parent do your application (or if you receive a scholarship, have them write your thank-you note)
- Not proofread your application, especially your essay
- Explain why you didn’t participate in clubs, sports or a part-time job “to focus on your schoolwork” when your transcript shows you to be a C student
- Ask a teacher for a letter of recommendation but not show up and/or behave in their class or do your homework
Start Your Application Here