For Immediate Release

Contact: Pam Mola, Communications Officer

New London, CT – The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut awarded over $1 million in scholarships to 287 students for the upcoming academic year. Students from throughout eastern Connecticut were recognized with one-time and multi-year awards ranging from $1,000 to $32,000.

Scholarships are a critical tool in creating brighter futures for youth in Eastern Connecticut. “Over the past several years, we have made an effort to increase both the number and size of multi-year awards to help students complete their degrees. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend college,” stated Program Director Jennifer O’Brien.

The Community Foundation, in partnership with local nonprofits and school systems, identifies and supports a variety of organizations which benefit vulnerable youth. Funding for after-school programs, mentoring, and college and career readiness programs helps prepare eastern Connecticut young people for a fulfilling future.

The Community Foundation’s scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors who understand the value of opening doors for students and investing in the future. These caring donors have established 131 scholarship funds at the Community Foundation, awarding over $10.8 million to more than 3,375 students since 1983.

For a full list of scholarship recipients, visit our website: 2023 Scholarship Recipients

About the Community Foundation

Serving 42 towns and comprised of over 600 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region, focusing on four priority areas: empowering youth, promoting basic needs and rights, preserving the environment, and advancing animal welfare. The Foundation stewards net assets of over $115 million and has awarded over $92 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit