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 Scholarship Pitfalls

Scholarships are not only for college!  Many scholarships are offered for post secondary education (such as: college, technical school, culinary, etc).  Please check the scholarship criteria carefully to see if applicable to your situation!

FAILURE TO CHECK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS:  Remember to check the Guidance Office or the webpage for scholarships that become available. Scholarships are added on a frequent basis so please be sure to check it at least once a week!

FAILURE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: Many submitted applications are disqualified because all requested and necessary documentation have not been submitted with the application.   READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!

BEWARE OF DEADLINES: Failure to adhere to stated deadlines can cause you to lose out on scholarship opportunities. Plan of action – Complete and submit your applications well before the deadline.

ENVELOPE & STAMP(S): When an original transcript is required to be sent with an application, please remember to provide a stamped envelope addressed to the scholarship organization together with a signed Transcript Release form (make sure proper postage is on envelope)! Again….. be aware of deadlines! Transcript releases, SAT/ACT scores, teacher recommendations, etc., may take time to assemble so please submit applications ahead of deadline date!

FAILURE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Many students will request local scholarship application forms they are eligible for but DO NOT return or submit the completed applications. You won’t be considered for a scholarship if an application is not submitted.   (Ex: Only 28% of a local scholarship  applications were returned the day prior to the deadline and only 33% of the THS Scholarship packets were returned by the due date in 2015)

NOTE: Scholarships are not only for seniorsStart looking for scholarships in 9th grade. Use and  The only person who is guaranteed not to get a scholarship is the one who doesn’t apply.


If transcripts (official or unofficial) and/or recommendations are required with any scholarship application, the scholarship packet and the transcript request form are due to the Guidance Office TWO DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE!  

This will allow the transcripts/recommendation forms to be processed in a timely fashion.  If the scholarship needs to be placed in the mail, students are required to bring their completed scholarship application, an envelope addressed to the scholarship organization and have the correct amount of postage on the envelope.  We will enclose the transcript/recommendation as needed and place in the mail.

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest

Monthly Scholarship

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Entries are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:

Electronic Engineering Technology Scholarship

Eversource Energy is providing five $2,000 scholarships to new fulltime students of Naugatuck Valley Community College who are majoring in Electronic Engineering Technology. To be eligible, students must be entering the College in the Fall 2016 semester and qualify to take College Alegbra (MAT172) and English Composition (ENG101) based on placement testing or SAT/ACT scores.

Each scholarship will be awarded over two years ($500 per semester for four semesters) providing that students meet educational requirements in all required courses.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship are encouraged to contact NVCC Enrollment/Retention Specialist Deirdre Moutinho at 203-575-8014 or Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all remaining scholarships have been awarded.

Northwestern Connecticut Community College Scholarship

Application Deadlines are as follows:   

Carl F. Norden - July 29, 2016


Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NWCC) is offering a scholarship to Torrington High School seniors who will be attending NWCC in the Fall 2016 semester.

Carl F. Norden Scholarship - $500/per student/per semester/two years. These scholarships are awarded annually to two full-time students who are studying computer science, pre-engineering science or technological studies at NWCC.  Selection criteria for this scholarship are based on scholastic achievement, participation in school activities, character and demonstrated financial need.  Continuation as a Norden Scholar each semester is dependent on the student maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.  See attached brochure regarding information on this scholarship and instructions on how to apply.  

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2016

The Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2016

The Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program is offered to high school seniors to give them the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship.  This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students may visit their website, to find eligibility information along with the online application. Please click on the scholarship located on the right side of the page. 

Pediatric Dentistry of Litchfield County

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2016

The Litchfield County Dental Society will be awarding a scholarship to selected students who plan to enter dental hygiene in the fall.  Applicants should forward a copy of their acceptance letter along with a transcript of their high school grades to McKenna Orthodontics at 333 Kennedy Dr, Torrington CT  06790.

Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2016

The Horatio Alger Association is sponsoring a scholarship program for students seeking to pursue a career or technical education in a post-secondary environment.  This program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Scholarship criteria also include high school completion by spring of 2016, commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical certificate/degree, and United State citizenship.

Students may apply online March 15 - June 1, 2106 at  Please call them at 844-422-4200 or email them at with any questions

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Scholarship Deadline   -  June 10, 2016

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 9th year.   We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.

Application Process

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:

Full details are available on their site.

Students are encouraged to apply!


Nursing Schools Almanac

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship.


Application Deadline: June 30, 2016


The Nursing Schools Almanac website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016.

Interested students should visit their website: 

Click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage and you will find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.

The Harwinton Agricultural Society Scholarship

Application Deadline:  June 30, 2016

The Harwinton Agricultural Society annual scholarships are available to all students who have worked or exhibited at the Harwinton Fair without discrimination as to race, color or creed.  Applicants must be residents of Connecticut, and be enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning.  Previous recipients may also apply.

For additional information, eligibility requirements and the scholarship application, please click here.  

Sterling Law Offices, S.C. Student Scholarship

Deadlines (2): Bi-annual: June 30 and December 31 every year


Amount: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a High School senior who plans on attending post-secondary education full time and has a minimum GPA of 3.0. All majors are encouraged to apply.


Lending Tree Scholarship

Deadline to apply is July 15th, 2016

LendingTree is sponsoring a scholarship in 2016 for high school seniors that will be graduating this spring/summer and attending university/college in the fall. The scholarship application is pretty simple and only requires applicants to submit a 30 second video that answers the question – What is your plan for paying for college? The winner of the scholarship will receive $2,500!

Please visit their website at for additional information and requirements.

Easter Seals of Greater Waterbury Scholarship

Please click here for information regarding this scholarship and to download the scholarship appllication.

d’Oliveira & Associates Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 29, 2016

D’Oliveira & Associates, a Personal Injury Law Firm with offices located in Rhode Island and South Eastern Massachusetts, has established a $1,000 Scholarship for students pursuing careers in the following legal professions: paralegal studies, legal assistant studies, court reporting and other law related fields.

In addition, d’Oliveira & Associates will also make a $500 contribution to the winning applicant’s college or university. Additional scholarship details and requirements are located on their 2016 Scholarship Page.

Please contact them via email or by phone (401-431-1990) if you have any questions or require further information.

Jon Neves
Internet Marketing
d'Oliveira & Associates
2540 Pawtucket Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914


Application Deadline:  September 30, 2016

Applicant must be a 2016 graduating high school senior.

Applicant must be a daughter, granddaughter, son or grandson of a member of the Ponte Women's Club

Applicant must return this completed application by September 30, 2016

Applicant must provide an official copy of your most current hight school transcript.

Please click here further information regarding this scholarship and to download the scholarship.


Scholarship Guidance

Please visit the following website for a High School and University Resource for students.


Caption Scholarship - $500 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 31, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

Student must be attending college/university no later than the fall of 2016 and submit a caption in the comment section of any post on the Odenza Facebook page, prior to the May 31st, 2016 deadline.

Applications can be found by going to:       


You Deserve it Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 29, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories

B) You must be 16 years of age or older

C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled iin a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.

Applications can be found by going to: 



VIP Scholarship - $5,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 29, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

A) Grade 12 and above are eligible.

B) Submit your entry by 11:59 pm ET on the day of the deadline.

Applications can be found by going to:   

ECM Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 30, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

A) Student must be currently enrolled in high school or college or plan to enroll in the next 12 months.

B) Student must submit application no later than May 30, 2016.

Applications can be found by going to:         

LM Scholarship - $500 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 31, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

A) Currently enrolled or expects to be enrolled in a degree program (2 years of length or greater) by September.

B) A student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit an answer to the essay question prior to the submission deadline.

Applications can be found by going to:


Odenza Vacations Scholarship - $500                     Scholarship Deadline: June 1, 2016

To be considered eligible for the Odenza Vacations College Scholarship you must:

1) Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2016.

2) Submit an answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 1st, 2016 deadline.

3) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

4) Be a resident of the United States or Canada

Applications can be found by going to:


Got a Spine Scholarship - $500                              Scholarship Deadline: June 2, 2016

To be eligible for the Arctic Chiropractic "Got a Spine Scholarship" a student must:

1) Be attending college or university no later than October of 2016.

2) Be attending college or university on a full-time basis by October of 2016.

3) Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year.

4) Be a U.S. or Canadian resident.

5) Be attending a school in the U.S. or Canada by October of 2016.

Applications can be found by going to:


Joseph Rumbaugh Historical Scholarship - $3,000 - 50 Awards (Deadline: June 8, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

The contest is open to all students of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes (Grades 9 - 12) in the public, parochial, private and home schools within the jurisdiction of the sponsoring state society or district.

Applications can be found by going to:


Internet and Education Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: June 14, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

Incoming freshman: Applicant must be a current student and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and must have taken either the ACT or SAT test. Applicant must also be a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016 and will be attending an accredited college or university by Fall semester 2016.

Applications can be found by going to:


Global Lift Equipment Scholarship - $500                 Scholarship Deadline: June 15, 2016

To be considered eligible for the Global Lift Equipment Scholarship you must:

A) Be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in Canada or the US by September of 2016.

B) Submit a short story. Detailed instructions can be found on the application page.

C) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

D) Be a resident of the United States or Canada.

Applications can be found by going to:


BBG Communications Scholarship 2015 - $500             Scholarship Deadline: June 30, 2016

To be considered eligible for the BBG Communications Scholarship you must:

A) Be between the ages of 16 and 21 on June 30, 2016

B) Submit answers to the two essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 30, 2016 deadline.

C) Have at least one full year of post secondary studies remaining at the time of the award

D) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

E) Be a citizen of the United States or Canada

Applications can be found by going to:

10 Words or Less Scholarship - $500 - 1 Award (Deadline: June 30, 2016)

 Student Eligibility:

 A) Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2016.

 B) In 10 words or less, tell us why you deserve the $500 scholarship.

 Applications can be found by going to:

Scholarship Experts

Please visit the following website for a free scholarship matching service with a database of over 2.4 milllion scholarships.  These scholarships are updated on a daily basis.

Student Scholarships Now

Please visit the following website for scholarships that Connecticut students are eligible for. 

This webpage has scholarships that change on a monthly basis.  Please check this web site frequently for new scholarships as they appear.

Accredited Schools Online Financial Resources

Accredited Schools Online just updated their guide to financial aid for minority students.   Their guidebook can be found here:

This expert-driven guide includes an extensive list of scholarships and financial aid resources available specifically for minority students. The guide also includes tips for finding and securing scholarships and other financial aid.

Artists & Writers Awards

Deadlines vary by region

 All students in Grades 7 - 12 can participate and $10 million is available to artists and writers.  Please visit the website for further information. 

This web site is a leading online resource in finding scholarships to help pay for school.

Click here for further information and to access this website.


These scholarships and applications change on a daily basis.  Check back frequently to get the lastest scholarships available.

The Discus Awards scholarship program remains committed to helping students in grades 9 through 12 find money for college, so our popular "Best List of College Scholarships" remains accessible and updated.

Please click here to access this scholarship resource. 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science


Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science is offering various scholarships.  Please click here to visit their website for further information and applications.

Fast Web

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Also check out their website for some really interesting scholarships:


Scholly has scholarships for high school students and current college students. Scholly's adaptive matching engine will find the scholarships you qualify for in seconds, without sign-ups or long forms that ask for your personal information.

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A team at have put together several guides to help minority students find grants and scholarships. Here are some links to their guides which might be of interest to minority students.

- Scholarship Guide for Black Students:


- Scholarship Guide for Hispanic Students:


- Scholarship Guide for Asian-American Students:


Each guide offers a lists of scholarships specific to those students as well as a "unique circumstances" section for undocumented or first-generation students. The site also has a more extensive scholarship search tool, which you can find at:


Scholarship information is also posted on the bulletin board or in the Scholarship Box located inside the Guidance Office as it is received!  Check on a regular basis!

Financial Aid Power Point Link 

Click here for the Guidance Information Page


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