One of our top priorities is helping donors establish personally meaningful scholarship funds that create opportunities for all students to obtain a good education and a rewarding career.

The Community Foundation's work is focused on addressing inequities in our region. Education is a powerful equalizer. We are deeply committed to empowering youth, and scholarships are a critical tool towards achieving this goal.

- Maryam Elahi, Community Foundation President and CEO

Opening Doors to Educational Opportunities

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has been managing scholarship funds since it was founded in 1983. Together with many generous donors, we have helped thousands of students pursue postsecondary education, many of whom are from low- to middle-income families and are the first in their family to earn a degree. Today, we manage well over 100 scholarship funds with assets of approximately $18 million. When you establish a scholarship fund at the Foundation, you are investing in the future of local students who wish to further their education on the path to a bright, productive future. Before establishing a scholarship fund, read our Scholarship Fund Policy.

If you are interested in starting a scholarship fund, we would welcome the opportunity to work with you. For more information, contact Lauren C. Parda, Director of Development, at 860.442.3572 or

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