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Fairfield County's Community Foundation
Competitive Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: March 22, 2021 3:00 pm Central Time

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist high school and college students from the greater Bridgeport area who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Graduating high school senior applicants to the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Competitive Scholarship Program must:

  • Must be a graduating senior and resident from any high school in the Greater Bridgeport Area towns of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull or Westport (Town of residence requirement does not apply if student is a high school senior at Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame High School (Fairfield) or Lauralton Hall (Milford) and applying for the Chiota Family Scholarship).
  • Be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent unless specified by specific fund).
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or post-high school vocational training unless specified by specific fund.
  • Demonstrate good moral character, good citizenship and a commitment to the community.
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities.

Current undergraduate or graduate applicants to the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Competitive Scholarship Program must:

  • Be a current undergraduate (NOT an incoming freshman) or graduate student enrolled in a program at an accredited college, university or vocational school, or specialized study program
  • Have a connection to the greater Bridgeport area either as a native resident, high school graduate, or current resident, as stated in the specific scholarship’s requirements. The greater Bridgeport area consists of nine towns: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, or Westport. See scholarship criteria for more specific details. NOTE: This criterion does not apply for students enrolled at Sacred Heart University applying for the Megan Cobb & Jason Kern Scholarship.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate a history of academic achievement (minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.)

 

The program consists of many separate scholarship funds administered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Some funds have additional eligibility requirements as noted on the following tabs.

Arthur A. Lunin “Learn a Trade” Scholarship (two awards, renewable)

  • Must be a high school graduate from a public high school in the greater Bridgeport area.
  • For full-time study in an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university, technical or vocation school with focus on a degree or skilled trade certificate for a specific vocation or profession. Accredited programs may include culinary arts, computer graphics or computer-aided drafting, engineering, domestic engineering teaching degree or nursing.
  • Other areas of study may apply as well.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required.
  • Renewable scholarship with submission of renewal application and transcript.

Chiota Family Scholarship (one award)

  • Applicant must be a graduating senior from Fairfield Prep (Fairfield), Lauralton Hall (Milford), or Notre Dame High School (Fairfield).
  • Town of residence is not applicable.
  • Must demonstrate good moral character, good citizenship, and a commitment to community.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Edward C. Hawley Scholarship (two awards)

  • Must be for study at an accredited college in the field of industrial arts (including but not limited to: architecture, automotive mechanics, building construction, computer-aided design, drafting, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical drawing, metals, technology education).
  • It is preferred that the applicant is a graduate of Bullard-Havens Tech, although it is not a requirement.
  • Must plan to attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.

Edward R. Kasparek Memorial Scholarship (one award)

  • Applicant must be a graduate of Bassick High School.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Ernest & Joan Trefz Scholarship (one award)

  • Applicant must be a graduate of a Bridgeport high school.
  • Must be planning to major in the field of business or accounting.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Greater Bridgeport Area General Scholarship (20 awards)

  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university, vocational school, trade school, technical school or certificate program.
  • Resident in the 9-town Bridgeport area (Bridgeport, Fairfield, Westport, Easton, Trumbull, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford, and Milford)

Helen Redding Scholarship (one award)

  • Must be graduating from a public high school.
  • Must have at least a “B” or 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Must demonstrate socially acceptable behavior.
  • Preferred but not required that the applicant be African-American.
  • Preferred but not required that the applicant graduated from or attended Bryant Elementary School in Bridgeport, where Mrs. Redding taught.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport Scholarship (two awards)

  • Applicants must be residents of properties under the Bridgeport Housing Authority’s management.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university, vocational school, trade school, technical school or certificate program.

Irving Loeb Kornblut Award (one award)

  • Applicant must be a graduate of a Bridgeport high school.
  • Applicant must be accepted at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Jack & Roselyn Goloff Nowitz Musical Scholarship (one award)

  • Applicant must be planning to enter the field of music or music education.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Jeff Keith Scholarship (one award given to either a high school senior OR undergraduate)

  • Applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently have cancer.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Joseph R. Farkas, Sr. Engineering Scholarship (one award)

  • Must be planning to study engineering.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university
  • Applicants may be of any nationality but preference will be given to those of Hungarian descent.
  • Include in statement of goals how your academic and personal qualities show you will advance the profession of engineering.

Kay & Louis F. Samotus Scholarship (one award)

  • Applicant must be a graduate of a Bridgeport high school.
  • Applicants must indicate in Personal Statement/Essay how education has helped (or will help) you achieve your dreams or goals.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

L’Ambiance Scholarship (one award given to either a high school senior OR undergraduate)

  • Applicant must come from a family that has been affected by an industrial or business accident.
  • Must plan to attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.
  • Must be a high school or state technical school graduate from a school in the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area.

La Danza Scholarship (one award)

  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must demonstrate evidence of genuine interest or prior experience in the performing arts (including music, dance, theatre or opera).
  • Applicants are required to complete an additional one-page essay describing specific arts involvement.
  • Recipients are also to return to the Barnum Festival La Danza annual event following their award to perform or make a contribution on the theme of “linking cultures through the arts”.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation required with the completed application.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Les Treize Scholarships (10 – 15 awards; finalist selection process) applications sent to Foundation for selection

  • Must be a graduating senior from a high school in: Bridgeport, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford or Trumbull.
  • Applicant must be African-American.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.

Mario D’Addario Scholarship (one award)

  • Must be a Bridgeport resident.
  • Must be a graduating high school senior from a Bridgeport public high school.
  • Demonstrate leadership in student affairs and community-based projects.

Peter Hanson Social Justice Scholarship Fund (one renewable award)

  • Must be a graduating high school senior from a Bridgeport high school.
  • Awarded based upon an applicant’s support of social justice and social responsibility, appreciation for cultural differences, strong belief system, passion for living, sensitivity to issue of people, environmental action and human rights.
  • Renewal based upon good academic standing and annual report completion.
  • Essay required regarding commitment to social justice and community service.

Richard K. Schmidt / Aquarion Science Scholarship (one award)

  • Applicant must be planning to major in the physical sciences; including but not limited to: biology, chemistry, physics or engineering.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Richard Mayer Scholarship Fund (one renewable award)

  • Must be planning to major in education.
  • Must be a Bridgeport resident graduating from Bassick High School, Central High School, Warren Harding High School or a Bridgeport resident graduating from Achievement First.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.
  • Renewal based upon good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.5.

Rose Kornblut Gay Scholarship Fund (one award)

  • Must be planning to major in education.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.
  • Preference is given to a student that will be attending Smith College in Northampton, Mass.
  • If not attending Smith College, student must be attending a college or university within Connecticut.

Ruth Carlson Horn Scholarship (one award)

  • Offered to applicants majoring in music, performing arts, fine arts or a closely related field.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who will be attending an accredited college or university in New England.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.

Sonneborn Scholarship (one award)

  • Must demonstrate strong academic potential (GPA higher than 3.0).
  • Must plan to attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.
  • Must have financial need.

Spanish Merchants Association Scholarship (potentially three awards)

  • Applicant must be a graduate of Bassick, Harding or Central High School in Bridgeport (one award from each school if qualified applicants)
  • Must be of Hispanic descent.
  • Must have high academic average of 3.0 GPA or better.
  • Must be accepted to an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.
  • Depending on the amount available, there can be up to 3 winners at $1,000 each (one from each of the listed high schools).

Sumner Simpson Scholarship (one award)

  • Preference is given to children and relatives of former Raybestos employees.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university, vocational school, trade school, technical school, or certificate program.

The Employees Tuberculosis and Respiratory Association (ETRA) Health Scholarship (three
awards, renewable)

  • Student can be a resident of any town in Fairfield County.
  • Be pursuing specialized study in the medical or health fields.
  • Demonstrate community involvement.
  • Renewable scholarship with submission of renewal application and transcript.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.
  • Can be awarded to current college students AND/OR graduating high school seniors.

Theodore Muller Scholarship (one award given to either a high school senior or undergraduate)

  • Have a connection to the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area either as a native resident, high school graduate, or current resident.
  • Must demonstrate strong academic achievement with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must be majoring in Architecture.

Thomas Carroll Scholarship (one award)

  • Must be graduating high school senior from a Bridgeport high school.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.

 

Special Scholarship Award (with Guidance Counselor Recommendation Only)

Magnus Wahlstrom Leadership Award – For Graduating High School Seniors Only- Special Scholarship Award (With Guidance Counselor Recommendation Only) (one award, renewable)

Applicants for the Magnus Wahlstrom Leadership Award MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Must be nominated AND recommended by your guidance counselor (include a letter of recommendation on school letterhead signed by your guidance counselor).
  • Must be a high school senior graduating in the spring semester.
  • Demonstrate a passion for learning, a deep interest in academics, and a desire for continued education.
  • Be recognized for outstanding academic and social leadership in his or her school and peer community.
  • Show personal characteristics that suggest future success in our society and illustrate an interest in making an impact on the community.
  • Plan to attend an accredited 4-year college or university.
  • Must submit a second essay with the application. In the essay, please tell us about your leadership skills. Describe how you have been an outstanding leader in your school, club, or community. Describe a specific example of a meaningful experience during your high school career where you showed leadership and how others responded to you.
  • Renewable up to 3 years for a total of 4 years provided that the student maintains a GPA of 3.0.

Edward C. Hawley Scholarship (two awards)

  • Must be a high school or state technical school graduate from a school in the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area.
  • For study at an accredited college in the field of industrial arts (including but not limited to: architecture, automotive mechanics, building construction, computer-aided design, drafting, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical drawing, metals, technology education).
  • Graduate of Bullard-Havens Tech preferred but not required.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.

Health-Related Studies Scholarship (one award)

  • Must be a resident in the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area.
  • Must be pursuing specialized studies in any health-related field/intended occupation related to healthcare.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university

Jeff Keith Scholarship (one award given to either a high school senior OR undergraduate)

  • Must be a resident in the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area.
  • Applicant must formerly have been or is presently afflicted with cancer.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university

Karen Telickey Scholarship (up to two awards)

  • Have a connection to the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area either as a native resident, high school graduate, or current resident.
  • Be pursuing a career in Special Education.
  • Applicants must be entering their junior year, senior year, or graduate school.

L’Ambiance Scholarship (one award given to either a high school senior OR undergraduate)

  • Must be a high school or state technical school graduate from a school in the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area.
  • Established in memory of the victims of the 1987 Bridgeport L’Ambiance Plaza construction tragedy.
  • Awarded to a student whose family has been affected by an industrial accident.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university

May Camp & Webster Upson Walker Scholarship Fund (one award)

  • Must be from the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area and attending a Connecticut college or university.
  • Must be continuing their education in the religion or medical fields (including a certificate program, college, or advanced studies degree).
  • Preference also given to students planning on working in the greater Bridgeport area after graduation.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.

Megan Cobb & Jason Kern Scholarship (one award)

  • Must be a full-time student attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
  • NOTE: This scholarship is ONLY OPEN TO SHU students, regardless of the location of permanent residence or high school attended.

Theodore Muller Scholarship (one award given to either a high school senior OR undergraduate)

  • Must have a connection to the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area either as a native resident, high school graduate, or current resident.
  • Must demonstrate strong academic achievement with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must be majoring in Architecture.

The Employees Tuberculosis and Respiratory Association (ETRA) Health Scholarship (three
awards, renewable)

  • Student can be a resident of any town in Fairfield County.
  • Be pursuing specialized study in the medical or health fields.
  • Demonstrate community involvement.
  • Renewable scholarship with submission of renewal application and transcript.
  • Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.
  • Can be awarded to current college students AND/OR graduating high school seniors.

Ulysses J. Dunne and Ulysses J. Dunne, Jr. Scholarship (one award, renewable)

  • Must be from the 9 Town Greater Bridgeport Area and currently enrolled in a regional accredited college or university.
  • Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year.
  • If awarded to a junior, the scholarship is renewable for their senior year with the submission of renewal application and transcript. If awarded to senior, they get the scholarship for one year.
  • 2 years is the maximum for the recipient to receive this scholarship and graduate students are not eligible.

Awards

Distribution amount and number of awards for each fund is determined annually by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Funds that have monies available to issue scholarships will be listed each year on the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation website.

Payment of awards will be sent directly to each student made payable to the student’s college on behalf of the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. If a student interrupts or terminates attendance at school, any unused portion of the award must be returned to Scholarship America. After returned funds are receipted, Scholarship America will forward funds to Fairfield County’s Community Foundation with the name of the student and award identified.

Students are allowed to defer their award for one semester or one academic year, whichever is requested. No more than one year of deferral will be allowed.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study and may be renewable depending on the specific fund.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, financial need, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal.

Students may apply for up to four scholarships for which they are eligible using the on-line application.  Students may receive a maximum of two awards if they meet eligibility requirements. Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Depending upon the fund, selection of recipients and/or finalists will be made by Scholarship America. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

Applicants will be notified in July. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Payment is made in August. A check is mailed to each recipient’s home address and is made payable to the school for the student.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • A letter of recommendation is only required if you are applying for one of the following scholarships: Arthur A. Lunin “Learn a Trade” Scholarship, La Danza Scholarship, and Magnus Wahlstrom Leadership Award. Please review the requirements carefully for the scholarships for which you are applying. Requirements for the scholarship can be found on the previous tabs.

One online recommendation form is required of all applicants and must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 7, 2021 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

 

 

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