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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.

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:  

Northwestern Connecticut Community College Scholarships


Carl F. Norden Scholarship Deadline:

FAFSA by July 1, 2017 and

Scholarship Application by July 28, 2017

Please click here for additional information regarding this scholarship.


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.

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.


Application Deadline:  April 30, 2017

The Torrington Civitan Club is sponsoring a $500.00 Award to a graduating senior. 

Please click here to download the scholarship application.

An unofficial transcript is required with the application.  The applications are to be mailed by student/parent to the Civitan Club prior to the April 30, 2017, deadline.

Society of Women Engineers

Application Deadline:  April 30, 2017

The Hartford Section Freshman scholarship is a $1,000 tuition award for high school senior female students enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a Baccalaureate Engineering or Computer Science degree program. Applicant must currently reside within the SWE Hartford boundaries and be enrolled full-time for the academic school year 2017-2018.

Please click here for the scholarship application.

Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2017

Horatio Alger Association Scholarships

Application Deadlines:  Various Dates

- Please check their website!

The Horatio Alger Association sponsors various scholarships throughout the year.  Please check their website:

for information regarding the scholarships.

You may also apply for the Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship, please apply online at

 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

Connecticut Education Foundation

Ethnic Minority Scholarship Application

Deadlline:  May 1, 2017

The Connecticut Education Foundation is offering a scholarship to a graduating high school ethnic minority student who has been accepted into an accredited four-year Connecticut college or university and has indicated his/her intention to enter the teaching profession.

This scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, will be continuous during the student's undergraduate experience if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains in a teacher preparation program.

Please visit the website to download and  complete the application.

Please mail the completed application to:

President, Connecticut Education Foundation
c/o Connecticut Education Association
21 Oak St Suite 500
Hartford CT  06106-8001

North End Community Association, Inc. Scholarship

Application Deadline:  May 5, 2017

This scholarship is for students who are residents of the North End of Torrington (see map attached for eligibility), or if a parent owns a business located in the North End of Torrington or if the student is a child or grandchild of a participating active member of the North End Community Association. 

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded to two outstanding graduating students of area high schools.

Please click here to download information on this scholarship and the Scholarship Application.

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 


Bruce T. Fox Scholarship Award

Application Deadline:  May 25, 2017

Are you enrolled or planning to attend a 2 or year college/university or technical school?

Have you maintained a "B" average or better?

Have you been a member of a THS team for three years including your senior year?

If so, click here to download the Booster Club's Bruce T. Fox Scholarship Award application.

Pediatric Dentistry of Litchfield County Scholarship

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2017


The Litchfield County Dental Society gives an annual scholarship to selected students who plan to enter dental hygiene school in the fall. 

Applicants should forward a copy of their acceptance letter along with a transcript of their high school grades to:

McKenna Orthodontics
333 Kennedy Dr,
Torrington CT  06790

Annual CGTrader Scholarship 2017

Scholarship Deadline:  June 1, 2017

Write and submit an original essay on the topic “The future of technology in education”.

Technology has drastically changed the way we communicate, work and… learn. Some technologies have entered the classrooms and auditoriums easier than others - while computers are already given, smartphones are still considered more like a distraction than tool for learning. There are many more innovative technologies entering the market - virtual and augmented reality devices, sensors of all kinds and wearables to name a few. Will they ever enter traditional schools and universities? Will those enhance learning process or will disrupt it and totally transform the way of how we learn? Discuss any specific innovation or technology in general, possible applications or your vision of the intercept of technology and education.


    Write an essay on “The future of technology in education”

   Essay length is 500-1000 words

   Submit your essay via online form

   Submission deadline - June 1, 2017

   The winners will be announced on June 15, 2017, on CGTrader blog and notified directly via email provided upon the registration


   Minimum 2.5 GPA

   High school senior, undergraduate or graduate student

   Full-time enrolled in academic institution Jan 1, 2017 - May 31,2017

Please visit their website for additional information and to submit your online application.

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.

Phase 1 Application Deadline:  October 2, 2017

Wendy’s is a believer in creating opportunities for people in our communities, especially through high schools. As the operator of a local Wendy’s in the Greater Hartford - New Haven - New London area, I’d like to tell you about the Wendy’s High School Heisman, Wendy’s scholarship and awards program that celebrates exceptional student-athletes and supports high school education.

In partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trust (yes, that Heisman), Wendy’s High School Heisman awards $150,000 in scholarships annually to students in all 50 states who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. To-date we’ve awarded more than $1.9 million to support education while honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school senior student-athletes.

2017 Scholarship Program is Currently Open

Please let your current juniors know that the application for our 2017-2018 scholarship program is currently open.  They can learn more and apply at

Janice Mulhall
Greater Hartford-New Haven-New London Area Wendy's Franchisee

2017 Scholarship Opportunities

Application Deadlines:  May 1, 2017

Please click here for information on various scholarships available through the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Foundation.


The cost of a college education has become a critical part of the planning process for high school students and their parents. As a parent, you may be wondering the following questions as your students get ready for college:

•           What kind of financial help is available?

•           How do I evaluate college award letters?

•           How do I increase my scholarship awards?

At Discover, we believe in providing financial literacy to high school students so they can make informed decisions during the college financial aid planning process. Visit for valuable free resources:  

•           Scholarship Sweepstakes — Beginning mid-March, students can enter to win a $2,500 Discover® Student Loans Scholarship Award.  We are giving away a total of $100,000 in scholarships to 40 individuals.  New for 2017 - Parents of eligible students can enter to win on behalf of their student.

•           Scholarship Search — Students and families can search over 3 million scholarships online.

•           Articles and Videos — Read up on college planning and financial aid topics, including understanding the award letter.

Visit brought to you by Discover® Student Loans for free and valuable planning and paying for college tips and resources including Scholarships Sweepstakes, Scholarship Search and related articles and videos. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Richard Goldman at 518-371-1591 or

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 

Click here for the Guidance Information Page


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