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Scholarship Pitfalls

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 Dick’s Restaurant Scholarship applications were returned the day prior to the deadline and only 33% of the THS Scholarship packets were returned by the due date)

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


Northwestern Connecticut Community College

2015 Scholarships

Northwestern Connecticut Community College is offering a scholarship annually to new students who will be entering Northwestern in the Fall 2015 semester.


Carl F Norden Scholarship - Scholarship Deadline is July 24, 2015 with FAFSA deadline of July 1, 2015

The Carl F Norden Scholarships are awarded semi-annually for two years to two full-time students who are studying computer science, engineering science or technological studies at NCCC.  Selection criteria is based on scholastic achievement, participation in school activitites, character and demonstrated financial need.  Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full-time each semester to continue his/her eligibility for this scholarship award.

Please click here for additional information regarding this scholarship.

Please click here to access the scholarship application.




The Northeast Utilities Foundation will be awarding six scholarships to new students, majoring in Electronic Engineering Technology, entering Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) in the Fall of 2015.

Each $2000 scholarship will be applied toward tuition ($500 per semester for four semesters - providing that the student achieves a grade of ‘C’ or better in all required courses). Students considered for this scholarship must be eligible to take College Algebra (MAT172) and English Composition (ENG101) as per the College Placement Test or SAT scores.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the Northeast Utilities Foundation Scholarship Application.  Click here for the application.
  2. Complete the NVCC Admission Application.    Click here for the Admission Application Form.
  3. Include the NVCC Admission $20.00 Application Fee    (checks made payable to Naugatuck Valley Community College)

      4.  Send the entire application package to:

Naugatuck Valley Community
ATTN: Kristen Dagan McGee
750 Chase Parkway, T616
Waterbury, CT 06708

       5.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all remaining scholarships have been awarded.

Once the completed application documentation has been received, students will be contacted with the date(s) to take the required Placement Test. If applicable, the NVCC Admission Office will inform students of any additional documentation that may be required.

Please email any questions to:  Kristen Dagan McGee, Professor/EET Coordinator 

Click here to watch the video on this scholarship.

Click here to view the NU Technology Brochure. 


The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.

New Application deadline is May 1, 2015, at midnight.

Since Mrs. Phillips awarded the first scholarships in 1991, nearly $46 million in awards has been given to more than 3,479 students who attended colleges all across the country. In 2014, the Phillips Scholarship awarded approximately 150 new scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $18,000 annually. This year, the Phillips Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $3 million to students to assist them with their college bills.

Prospective applicants must be permanent residents of New England but may attend college anywhere in the United States. High school seniors entering college and returning college students attending accredited U.S. colleges or universities full-time are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Awards are limited to students in undergraduate study and to those seeking their first bachelor’s degree.

Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are currently available on our Applications and Forms page.

The Award.  The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund offers renewable, 4-year scholarships to students with financial need who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others (in school, in the community or at home), a strong work ethic, and leadership qualities. High school graduates or current seniors and current college students who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply.


Connecticut Parks Association, Inc.

Dennis Malone Memorial Scholarship Award Program

Application Deadline:  April 19, 2015

The Connecticut Parks Association, Inc., formerly known as the Connecticut Public Parks Administrators, was formed in 1958. Our purpose is to promote accession, development, maintenance, and preservation in the State and its communities; as well as to develop a network and fellowship among park professionals in the State.

The organization is further regarded as a unit for actively promoting favorable legislation for parks and park development, both on the State and national level.

Membership is open to professional executive and superintendent level managers of park systems and related fields; and other persons who exhibit high interest and contribution to the purpose of the Association.

The Association is committed to providing quality educational sessions to its membership; and recently established the Dennis Malone Memorial Scholarship to be given annually to a student, or students, willing to pursue a career in the Park and Recreation field.

The scholarship awards are open to applicants who are high school graduating seniors planning to attend an accredited two or four college and pursue a career in park management, forestry, horticulture, agronomy, or a closely related field.  Scholarships may be awarded up to $1,000 depending on the number of recipients.

Selection for the awards is based on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in activities related to the intended course of study.  Interested applicants should complete the application available at

Return the completed application no later than April 19, 2015 to

Gerard G. Toner, Director
Simsbury Parks and Recreation
PO Box 495
Simsbury CT  06070

Connecticut Yankee Chorale, Inc. Scholarship

Application Deadline:  April 24, 2015

Please click here for eligibility requirements and the application.

Milton Fisher Scholarship

Application Deadline is April 30, 2015

A four-year scholarship!    We offer up to $20,000 (up to $5000 per year for four years).

The scholarship is open to exceptionally Innovative and Creative High School Juniors, Seniors and College Freshmen who are:

  • from Connecticut or the New York City metro area (and plan to attend or are attending college anywhere in the U.S.)
  • from any part of the U.S. who plan to attend (or are attending) college in CT or NYC

Do You Think Outside The Box?

Apply for this scholarship if you are . . .

  • a student who has solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in a new or unusual way
  • a student who has come up with a distinctive solution to problems faced by your school, community or family
  • a student who has created a new group, organization, or institution that serves an important need

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is administered by the Community

Make sure you have downloaded the Application Checklist first (listed below) as this provides you with the information you will need.

 RECOMMENDATION FORM                click here to download the "Letter of Support for Applicant" form

 SCHOLARSHIP APPICATION CHECKLIST     click here to download the Scholarship Checklist

 For more information, please email or contact Jermell Knotts at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven at 203-777-7084 or

All information can be found on their web page:

Mutual Security Credit Union

Application Deadline:  April 30, 2015

Mutual Security Credit Union will award six high school seniors with outstanding promise a $1,000 scholarship.  Please click here for further information and the Scholarship Application or visit their webpage at

Daughters of the American Revolution

Application Deadline:  May 1, 2015

The Connecticut DAR awards a number of scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to deserving students who plan to enter college as a freshman the year after they graduate from high school.

Any boy or girl may apply for these scholarships providing that he/she is in the UPPER 25% of his/her class.  The scholarships are awarded on a basis of scholastic ability, charaacter, leadership potential and financial need.

A local DAR chapter must sponsor all applicants.

Students who wish to be considered may send a request letter to to the local DAR chapter listed on the attached information sheet.  Please include a resume of activiites and accomplishments, class rank and a statement of future plans along with a self-addressed stamped envelope or your email address. 

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


Application Deadline:  May 1, 2015

Torrington Savings Bank is 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.  Two scholarships will be awarded.

Applications are available online at  It is extremely important that applications are complete and contain all the criteria on the application.
Students are responsible for submitting their completed application by May 1, 2015 to:

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

Connecticut Education Foundation

Application Deadline:  May 1, 2015

The Connecticut Education Foundation, Inc. has established an annual scholarship for qualified ethnic minority candidates who have been accepted into an accredited Connecticut college or university and intend to enter the teaching profession in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Education Foundation, Inc. endowment falls under the control of the Connecticut Education Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. Candidates must be from a CEA local school. A minimum of a $2,000.00 scholarship is awarded yearly and distributed in June to qualified candidates.

The Ethnic Minority Future Teacher Scholarship of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) shall serve the following purposes:

  1. To assist and encourage highly-qualified ethnic minority students to enter the teaching profession.
  2. To ensure that ethnic minority students who have clearly indicated their intention of entering the teaching profession receive the support of CEF, active and retired CEA teachers and the CEA student program when and where appropriate.
  3. To offer continued professional support upon entry into the profession.

 The Award

CEF will award a $2000 scholarship for each year of undergraduate study leading to obtaining Connecticut teaching credentials.

Qualification Criteria

  1. Candidate shall be a minority as recognized by the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (Black; Native-American/Alaskan Native; Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino).
  2. The applicant must be a full time high school student currently enrolled in a public high school in Connecticut.
  3. The applicant must indicate evidence of pursuing interest in teaching as a career in college and confirm his/her intention to enter the teaching profession in CT.
  4. The applicant must present evidence of maintaining a 3.0 cumulative index average on a 4 point scale during high school.
  5. The applicant should provide instances of leadership roles, community activities, volunteer experience and financial need.

 Continuing Eligibility

1.  The applicant must present evidence of pursuing a full time course of study that will result in obtaining teaching credentials in Connecticut.

2.  The applicant must present evidence to the President of CEF of sustaining a 3.0 cumulative average for each year of study.

Please visit the CEA website to download and complete the application.

Please send 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 Scholarship

Application Deadline:  May 3, 2015

The North End Community Association will award two $1,2500 scholarships with 3 year follow-up at $400.00 per year to graduating students of area schools.  These scholarships are available to residents of the North End of Torrington and children of business owners in the North End.  Children and grandchildren of participating active members of the NECA will also be considered.

Applications may be picked up on the Guidance Office or downloaded by
clicking here

Hispanic American Cultural Council (HACC) Scholarship

Application must be received by May 9, 2015

This scholarship is available to college-bound, high school seniors who were descended from Spanish-speaking ancestry.  United States citizenship is not required

Past recipients of this scholarship have been good students and active participants in a wide variet of extracurricular activities.  They have volunteered their time to help their schools, churches, and communities.

Please click here to access more information and to download the scholarship application.

The Torrington/Winsted Area Rotary Club Scholarship Application

Application Deadline:  May 15, 2015

The Rotary Club of the Torrington Winsted Area provides scholarship opportunities to area students. The Scholarship Committee reviews every application and interviews each applicant in the selection process.

 The criteria used includes:

  • The Student has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher education and plans to attend or is attending;

  • The Student is a resident of Torrington, Winsted, New Hartford, Barkhamsted, Norfolk, Harwinton, or Goshen;

  • The Student attends Torrington High School, Gilbert School, Oliver Wolcott Technical School or Northwest Regional High School;

  • The Student demonstrates financial need;

  • The Student demonstrates academic achievement, and;

  • The Student demonstrates the characteristics of good citizenship

All applications need to be submitted on or before May 15, 2015. The scholarships are awarded on or before July 1st of the applicable year.

You can download the application @ or by clicking here.

Additionally, the Club provides “Tool Awards” to selected graduating students from the Oliver Wolcott Technical School. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

Omar N. Pollick Scholarship Award

Scholarship Deadline:  May 22, 2015

The Omar N. Pollick Scholarship Committee will award a one year scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to a graduating student from Torrington High School, Oliver Wolcott Technical School or a local preparatory school. 

The scholarship is awarded to the applicant who in the judgment of the Omar N. Pollick Scholarship Committee best meets the following criteria:

1.  Actively participated in the Torrington Babe Ruth League.

2.  Demonstrates financial need.

3.  Practices good community citizenship.

4.  Displays good moral character.

5.  Exhibits proven proficiency of high school academics - class standing, scholastic average, SAT scores.

Please attach a copy of your high school transcript to the completed application and return it to the Guidance Office by Friday, May 22, 2015, or mail it to:

George A. Pollick
21 Simmons St
Torrington CT  06790

Please click here for further information or to download the application.

    B. Davis Scholarship - 2015

Application Deadlline:  May 25, 2015

The creators of "Student Award Scholarship Aid" website are renewing the scholarships for 2015.

Please visit their website at to read about them and to learn how to apply for this scholarship.   While there, please browse through the site to learn more about applying for scholarships.

Amount of Scholarship:   $1,000

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

Connecticut Professional Timber Producers Association

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2015

The Connecticut Professional Timber Producers Association is pleased to offer two $250 single grant scholarships to Connecticut graduating high school students who are entering the field of natural resources.  Applications must be postmarked by May 31st, 2015.  To view criteria and download a scholarship application click here.



SP Scholarship - $10,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: May 15, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Must be attending an accredited post-secondary institution by the fall of 2015 at the latest.

B) Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a program that is at least two years in length.

Applications can be found by going to:


2. Odenza Vacations Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 1, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2015

B) Submit answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 1st, 2015 deadline.

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:

3. Got a Spine Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 2, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Be attending college or university no later than October of 2015.

B) Be attending college or university on a full-time basis by October of 2015.

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

D) Be attending a school in the U.S. or Canada by October of 2015.

Applications can be found by going to:

4. BBG Communications Scholarship 2015 - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 30, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Be between the ages of 16 and 21 on June 30, 2015

B) Submit answers to the two essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 30, 2015 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.

Applications can be found by going to:


5. SLAC Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: September 15, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Be Enrolled in full-time studies at a college, trades, or technical school by no later than September 2015.

B) Complete the Online Application no later than September 15, 2015.

Applications can be found by going to:

Scholarship Guidance

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

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.

 Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship
Application Deadline is June 1, 2015

This 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 is June 1, 2015

This is the 4th year we are awarding this scholarship for We are offering high school seniors 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. We ask that you have interested students visit our website,  to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it. 

Litchfield Hills Audubon Society

Higher Education Scholarship

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2015

This scholarship is available to a graduating high school senior who plans on majoring in environmental studies in a college or a university.

This scholarship is for $1,000.

Please click here for further information and the scholarship application.

Paul A. Gros Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2015

The applicant shall:

1.  Be a graduating senior of Wamogo, Litchfield High School, Torrington High School or New Milford High School.

2.  Submit a letter of acceptance in a college program for Environmental Studies or a related field.

3.  Submit a copy of his/her high school transcript.

4.  Submit recommendations from any two non-relatives.

5.  Attach a brief statement citing the reason you have chosen Environment Studies as your profession.

Please click here to download the application.

Please send the completed application with all the attachments to:

The Paul A. Gros Memorial Scholarship
c/o The Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
PO Box 861
Litchfield CT  06759-0861

Pediatric Dentistry of Litchfield County

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2015

The Litchfield County Dental Society will be giving 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 CT06790

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants

Scholarship Deadline   - June 15, 2015

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 8th year.   They will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.

The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

Application Process

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of  their web site:  Full details are available on their site.

Application Procedure for 2015

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at:

Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

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 at
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.

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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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