Since 1983, the Community Foundation has awarded over $10.8 million in scholarships from 135 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 Westerly, 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 and most are need-based. Scholarships range from a one-time award of $500 to a multi-year award of up to $5,000 a year. In 2023, $1,009,838 was awarded to 287 students.
How Our Scholarships Program Works
Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year are now OPEN with a submission deadline of May 1, 2024.
Students apply for most scholarships through the General Application on the Scholarships Portal. After you have submitted the General Application, you may be asked to answer one or more questions to be eligible for certain scholarships. You must answer any additional question(s) in order to apply for these scholarships.
Submission of this General Application does not guarantee an award. The vast majority of recipients receive one award, and very few receive two awards.
Foundation staff and volunteer committees review and assess each application based on the criteria of each of our 130+ scholarships. The Foundation prioritizes lower income, "first in their families to go to college" students.
We encourage you to review the scholarships available to residents of your town to get an idea of what you may be eligible for. Click on your town at the bottom of this page for your town-specific list, or click on scholarships available to view a list of all of our scholarships.
Note about Graduate Students: Very few CFECT scholarships are open to graduate students. Each scholarship has its own geographic and academic eligibility criteria. We strongly recommend that prospective applicants review the list of scholarship opportunities carefully before beginning an application.
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 are welcome to reapply for a scholarship each year. Scholarship awards are sent directly to the recipient’s educational institution, not to the recipient.
Each of the following scholarships has its own application:
- The Bulkeley Alumni-Harold J. Arkava Scholarship is for lineal descendants of alumni of the Bulkeley School in New London, CT who are pursuing postsecondary studies. If you are a descendant of a Bulkeley School alumnus and a first-time applicant, fill out the Bulkeley Alumni - Harold J. Arkava Scholarship 2024 application on the Scholarships Portal.
- If you are previous Bulkeley-Arkava recipient, check your email for an important update regarding the 2024 renewal process. Call us at (860) 442-3572 if you have any questions.
- The Cahill Black Point Education Fund Scholarship is for members and direct descendants of members of Niantic’s Black Point Beach Club Association (BPBCA) who are pursuing postsecondary studies. Fill out the Cahill Black Point Education Fund Scholarship 2024 application on the Scholarships Portal.
Most Scholarships are Based on Geography
Click on your town to view all of the scholarships open to you:
Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Stafford, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Westerly (RI), Willington, Windham, and Woodstock.
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Scholarship applications for the 2024-2025 academic year are now open with a submission deadline of May 1, 2024.