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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 a scholarship 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., take time to assemble so please submit applications 2 weeks prior to the 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) are required with any scholarship application, the completed scholarship packet (including the correct amount of postage, addressed envelope to the scholarship organization) and the transcript request form are due to the Guidance Office A MINIMUM OF THREE SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE!  

If the scholarship needs counselor and/or teacher recommendations included, the packet should be SUBMITTED TO GUIDANCE AT LEAST 7 SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE!  An addressed envelope, with the correct amount of postage should also be given to Guidance for mailing on behalf of the student.  

This will allow the transcripts/recommendation forms to be processed and mailed in a timely fashion. 

Official transcripts cannot be given to students, parents, etc. but must go directly to the scholarship organization, committee, etc.  If the scholarship needs to be placed in the mail, students are required to bring their completed scholarship application to Guidance 3 to 7 days before the scholarship deadline along with an envelope addressed to the scholarship organization, the correct amount of postage on the envelope and the signed transcript request form.  We will enclose the transcript/recommendation as needed and place in the mail.


The New England Regional Student Program (RSP)  has attached a brochure called tuitionbreak which discusses college and financial aid options.  Through RSP, students are eligible to pay a lower, regional tuition, instead of the regular out-of-state tuition, when they enroll at out-of-state public colleges and universities within New England and pursue degree programs not offered by their home-state public colleges and universities.

Please visit their website for additional information.

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:

ITXpress Scholarship

The Northwest Regional Workforce Board is offering A TechHire Scholarship Program for eligible participants between the ages of 17-29.  Eligible participants must be out of school, unemployed or underemployed, and have a barrier to employment.

Please click here for additional information regarding this opportunity.

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.


Easter Seals of Greater Waterbury Scholarship

Application Deadline:  May 5, 2017

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

Torrington High School Scholarships

Application Deadline:  March 28, 2017 @ 2:15 pm


Various scholarships are made available to our graduating seniors by generous donations from members of the community.  These scholarships are intended to help defray the cost of secondary educational expenses and to reward students for their academic, personal and community achievements. 

Please click here to download the complete scholarship packet. 

Absolutely NO APPLICATIONS will be accepted beyond the application deadline.



Applications for the DIck's Restaurant Scholarship are available for pickup from Mrs. Boutin in the Guidance Office.  These applications have a unique number to so please pick up your form in Guidance.  Applications are due back to the Torrington High School Guidance Office by Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 2:15 pm. so counselors can complete their section of the application before the scholarship due date of April 1, 2017,


Application Deadline:  March 30, 2017


Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

The application shall be signed and dated by the applicant and must be received by the application deadline to be considered.

The applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the scholarship:

1. Applicants will be a graduating High School Senior from an accredited Connecticut High School or equivalent.

2. Preference will be given to applicants who are actively pursuing an approved course of study at an accredited higher education institution directly related to environmental science, water resources, public health or the water industry.

3. An academic GPA of 3.0 at their high school is mandatory. The relevance and rigor of the courses taken in high school shall be considered.

Please click here to access additional information regarding this scholarship and to download the scholarship application.

Glenn Moon Scholarship

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2017

This scholarship is being offered to high school seniors who are interested in a career in education. 

Additional information, eligibility requirements and the online application are available at:



The United Nations Association of Connecticut sponsors a $1,000.00 scholarship to a graduating senior of certain public high schools in northwest Connecticut.

Please click here for additional information, eligibility requirements and how to apply for this scholarship.

Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2017

The Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program will award over $750,000 to 400 students attending a community college, 4-year college or university, or accredited vocational program.  Scholarships may be renewed for up to four years.

For more information and to apply online visit or call 860-827-2556.

Litchfield County University Club Scholarship

Application Deadline to Guidance Office:  March 31, 2017

Applicants for this scholarship must reside in Litchfield County and plan to enter, as a full-time student, either an accredited four-year college or university leading to a Bachelors degree or an accredited two-year college with the intention of later transferring to an accredited four-year college leading to Bachelors degree.

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


Application Deadline:  April 1, 2017

Justin Wisniewski, an 18 year old volunteer firefighter from Southington, died in the Line of Duty during a training session at the Wolcott Training Center on April 3, 2005.

To honor Justin's memory, his family, along with the Southington Fire Department, Company 1, has established "The Justin Wisniewski Firefighters Scholarship Fund".  This scholarship is based totally on volunteerism and the scholarships are given to Firefighters, spouse, child or sibling of a firefighter.

Please visit to get additional information and to download the application.

Torrington Unico Scholarships

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2017

The Torrington Chapter UNICO Scholarship Fund, endowed through and administered by The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, is comprised of 15 individual scholarships with unique eligibility criteria.  Please review the scholarship descriptions carefully to determine the awards for which you are qualified to apply.

Please click here for additional information regarding these scholarships and to download the application form or visit the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation website at  Please note that a separate application must be completed for EACH scholarship you are applying for.

Applications Due to the Guidance Office by Friday, March 31, 2017 at NOON

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Scholarship packets were handed out to every senior in early February during Advisory period. 

Multiple college scholarships are available for college-bound seniors in this packet.

Please click here to download the packet or visit the Community Foundation website:

Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2017

Please click here for information, criteria and the scholarship application.

Farm Credit East Scholarship

Application Deadline:  April 5, 2017

Farm Credit East, ACA is offering several scholarships to students pursuing careers in agriculture, commercial fishing or the forest products industry.

Please visit their website for additional information, eligibility criteria and to complete the online application.

Litchfield Hills Audubon Society

Application Deadline:  Received by April 7, 2017

The Litchfield Hills Audubon Society ("LHAS") is pleased to offer a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who has been accepted into a college program for Environmental Studies or a related field. 

Applicants should focus on the mission of the LHAS:   To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitants, for the benefit of the community, through conservation, education and research.

Please visit their website by clicking the Education tab on their home page. 

EdAdvance 2017 Scholarship Application

Application Deadline:  April 7, 2017

EdAdvance is offering 4 competitive $1,500 scholarships to be awarded to 4 graduating seniors from their member high schools.  Two scholarships will be awarded to two students from our northern districts and two additional scholarships to students in the southern districts.

Please click here for additional information, eligibility criteria, and the scholarship application.

The Connecticut Parks Association Inc.

Dennis Malone Memorial Scholarship Award Program

Application Deadline:  April 19, 2017

This scholarship is open to applicants who are high school graduating seniors planning to attend an accredited two or four year college and pursue a career in park management, forestry, horticulture, agronomy or a closely related field.  Please click here for additional information and to access the application. 


Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

Application Deadline:  April 30, 2017

This scholarship aims to honor juniors, seniors and college freshmen students who excel as creative problem-solvers as demonstrated through a unique, personal project.  Information and the application regarding this $5,000 per year renewable scholarship (up to $20,000) can be found on their website:  

Associated General Contractors of Connecticut Scholarship

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2017


The AGC/CT Two-Year Scholarship Program has a total value of $5,000 per recipient. The scholarship provides the recipient with $2,500 for both freshman and sophomore years of college tuition. Also, if available, two summers of related work experience and hands-on learning.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors entering a 4-year building technology or civil engineering program as freshmen, or entering a two-year technical school with a construction course of study, with the intent of entering a four-year college upon completion of the technical school.

Please visit for additional information regarding this scholarship. 

Please also check the Construction Career Development Website at which helps students, Veterans and others – Build a Future in Construction.

912 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 112
Wethersfield, CT 06109
P: 860.529.6855 | F: 860.563.0616

Litchfield County University Club Scholarship

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2017

Students must reside in Litchfield County and plan to enter, as a full-time student, either an accredited four-year college or university leading to a Bachelors degree or an accredited two-year college with the intention of later transferring to an accredited four-year college leading to a Bachelors degree. 

Please click here for additional details regarding this scholarship opportunity and to download the application.

Northwestern Connecticut Community College Scholarships

Draper Scholars Scholarship Deadlines: 

FAFSA by March 15, 2017 and

Scholarship application by March 31, 2017

Carl F. Norden Scholarship Deadline:

FAFSA by July 1, 2017 and

Scholarship Application by July 28, 2017

Please click here for additional information regarding both of these scholarships.

Torrington Winsted Rotary Club

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2017

This scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who is (are) planning to attend, or is attending, college after high school graduation and who, in the judgment of the Torrington-Winsted Rotary Club Scholarship committee, is worthy. The Scholarship amount may vary depending upon the recipient’s needs and the Club’s available resources.

Awards are dependent on student’s acceptance into an institution of higher education. Please visit the website for additional information, eligibility criteria and to download the application:

This scholarship is awarded to seniors who plan to enter college as a freshman the year after they graduate from high school.  Any senior may apply for this scholarship providing he/she is in the UPPER 25% of his/her class. 

Please click here for additional requirements regarding the application process for this scholarship.

2017 Student-View Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:  April 22, 2017

The 2017 Student-View Scholarship Program is offering $11,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. 

To apply, simply log on to and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in our area. 

Additional information can be obtained by visiting

Connecticut TESOL Scholarships

Application Deadline:  April 30, 2017

The Connecticut Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) organization will be awarding separate scholarships:  One for high school students and a second for an adult education student.

Please click here for the high school student application.

Please click here for the adult education student application.


Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Application Deadline:  May 1, 2017 by NOON


This Fund officers renewable, 4 year scholarships to students from New England with financial need.  Successful candidates are those who display academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses.

Complete information and eligibility requirements can be found on their website

An Early Response Option if available for High School Students - These applications are due by Noon on April 3, 2017.

Torrington Savings Bank Scholarship

Application Deadline:  May 1, 2017

Torrington Savings Bank is currently accepting applications for its $10,000 scholarship to be awarded to graduating high school seniors who are (or parents/guardians are) customers of Torrington Savings Bank.  The scholarship is structured as a four-year award and students will receive $2,500 for up to four years of postsecondary education. 

Applications are available online at

Please submit your completed applications to:

Torrington Savings Bank Scholarship Program
c/o Torrington Savings Bank
129 Main St
PO Box 478
Torrington CT  06790

The Peter Ladd/Johnny Moran Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline:  May 1, 2017

A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating high school student who has shown commitment to their community through volunteer service.  Please click here for additional information, requirements and materials necessary for this application. 

Details about the scholarship and the entire application are available for download at

Omar N. Pollick Scholarship Award

Application Deadline:  May 19, 2017

This is a one year scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00 to a graduating student at Torrington High School, Oliver Wolcott High School or Preparatory School.  Please click here for additional information, criteria and application regarding this scholarship opportunity.


“B. Davis Scholarship”

Application Deadline:  May 22, 2017

 The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a scholarship for 2017.

Please visit their website at to read about them and to apply for their scholarship. While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships.

Their website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships. They are trying to improve the students’ chances for success. The site is free and they charge nothing for the information or the application.

Amount of Scholarship: $1,000

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at

BigSun Scholarship

Application Deadline:  June 19, 2017

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official.

Amount of Award  -        $500.00

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..

Please visit our website at to learn how to apply.

This scholarship has been listed with FastWeb

2017 Legal Scholarship by Console & Hollawell 

Application Deadline:  Received by July 15, 2017

All applicants must be currently pursuing a law related degree or be accepted into a legal program, must currently hold or anticipate a high school diploma or GED within the 2016-2017 school year, and currently hold a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Completed applications must be sent and arrive no later than the set deadline of July 15, 2017. There will be absolutely no exceptions.

Please click here for additional information, eligibility requirements and to download the scholarship application.

Miscellaneous Scholarships

Listed in US News and World Report  - Best Colleges (2017 Edition)

For Scientists

The following scholarships are available for all STEM students.  Please check their respective websites for criteria, eligibility, additional information and to download or complete the online scholarship applications.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program -

Great Lakes National Scholarship Program

SMART Scholarhsip for Service Program -

American Society of Civil Engineers Scholarships -

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Awards -

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards -

Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology -

Regeneron Science Talent Search -

Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program -

For Women

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship -

Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship -

Society of Women Engineers -

Association for Women Geoscientists Awards and Scholarships

Women in Aviation International Awards -

For Underrepresented Minorities

Gates Millennium Scholars Program -

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship -

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering STEM Minority Scholarships -

National Society of Black Engineers -

United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative -

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers -

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

HENAAC Scholars Program -

The Google Lime Scholarship -

The Generation Google Scholarship -

The National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program -

Microsoft Scholarship Program -

Ronald McDonald House Charities US Scholarships -


Scholarship Guidance

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

The Scholarship Programs below are currently accepting applications between Oct. 19, 2016 and December 2, 2016. Please read the application instructions on the website carefully before applying.

Featured Scholarships:

SP Scholarship - October 31, 2016 (10 Awards - $10,000)

YDI Scholarship - October 29, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)

VIP Scholarship - October 31, 2016 (1 Award - $5,000)

Student Photography Scholarships - November 15, 2016 (500 Awards - $50,000)

Elks Most Valuable Student Competition - November 30, 2016 (2 Awards - $500)

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers - December 1, 2016 (5 Awards - $2,000)

National Space Club Scholarship - December 2, 2016 (1 Award - $10,000)

National Space Club Scholarship - December 2, 2016 (1 Award - $10,000)

CHET Advance Scholarship

The CHET Advance Scholarship is an annual program offered by the State Treasurer’s Office to help Connecticut students pay for college. This fall, high school freshmen and seniors will be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

To encourage college savings, the CHET Advance Scholarship will award up to 100 seniors with a $2,500 contribution toward their college expenses. Up to 100 freshmen will receive a $2,000 contribution. This scholarship will encourage positive saving behavior by offering each 9th grade winner a financial incentive to open a CHET account of their own in order to save for college. Each 9th grade winner will have the opportunity to receive an additional matching grant of $500 if the student’s family saves $500 or more in a CHET account by the time the student goes to college.

To be eligible, seniors must have a grade point average of at least 2.0. No grade point average is required for freshmen. Scholarship recipients will be chosen through a random drawing. More details and promotional material will be provided to your school in August.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Bjornberg, Director of Financial Education at the State Treasury. She may be reached by email: or phone: 860.702.3292.

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.

Here are just a few of the scholarships presently being offered:

Student Photography Scholarships - $2,500     Deadline: Nov 15 2016

Zumper Apartments Scholarship - $1,000         Deadline: Nov 15 2016

Real World Design Challenge - $1,000         Deadline: Nov 20 2016

Elks Most Valuable Student Competition - $50,000         Deadline: Nov 30 2016

Sixt Scholars - $5,000                 Deadline: Nov 30 2016

Good360 Sustainability Scholarship - $1,000         Deadline: Nov 30 2016

Odenza Caption Scholarship - $500             Deadline: Nov 30 2016

Andrew Flushe Scholarship - $500               Deadline: Nov 30, 2016

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers - $2,000              Deadline:  Dec 1, 2016

National Space Club Scholarship - $10,000          Deadline: Dec 2, 2016


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.

College Scholarships

The website is a scholarship search engine that will help students pay for college with scholarships.  Please check the website frequently for updated scholarship opportunities and application deadlines. 

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

At Fastweb, We Have It All

 Scholarships, Internships, Colleges and More

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.

Please click here to access their website:


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 in Naviance as it is received!  Check on a regular basis!

Financial Aid Power Point Link 

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