Since 1983, the Community Foundation has awarded $8.8 million in scholarships through 123 funds established by generous individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits to help area students pursue an education and establish rewarding careers.
Some scholarships are open to all students in our 42-town service area as well as some towns in western Rhode Island; others are open to only some towns, a particular town, or a specific school. Some are open to current or returning college students of any age, but most are for graduating high school seniors. Scholarships range from a one-time award of $500 to a multi-year award of up to $5,000 a year. In 2021, $963,649 was awarded to 307 students.
How Our Scholarships Program Works
Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will be online in February 2022.
Students can apply for most scholarships through one general application. A few scholarships have very specific eligibility criteria and separate applications. Foundation staff and volunteer committees review and assess the applications, matching scholarships to recipients based on how well they meet the criteria of the scholarship. We are placing a priority emphasis on helping lower income, "first in their families to go to college" students access post-secondary educational opportunities.
Please take the time to review the list of available scholarships to get an idea of what information will strengthen your application in terms of selection criteria for each scholarship.
Graduating high school seniors: The application, including the transcript and letter(s) of recommendation, is due Monday, April 5, 2021.
Current or returning college students of any age: The application, including the transcript and letter(s) of recommendation, is due Monday, March 22, 2021.
We also have several other applications that have specific due dates. For more information, click here
All applicants are informed whether they have been selected to receive a scholarship by the end of June. Some scholarships are multi-year awards, but most are one-year, one-time awards. Single-year recipients have to reapply for a scholarship each year. Scholarship awards are sent directly to the recipient’s educational institution, not to the recipient.
Most Scholarships are Based on Geography
The following links list scholarships by geographic region:
- Norwich Area
If you live in the towns of Norwich, Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague or Voluntown.
- Southeast Area
If you live the towns of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington, or Waterford.
- Windham Area
If you live in the towns of Ashford, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, Scotland, Stafford, Union, Willington or Windham/Willimantic. If you are interested in nursing, learn more about the Shirley Bradway Serafin Scholarship
- Northeast Area
If you live in the towns of Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Sterling, Thompson or Woodstock. If you are interested in nursing, learn more about the Shirley Bradway Serafin Scholarship
- Rhode Island: Westerly, Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond
- Community Foundation of Eastern CT 42-Town Region