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PROMISING SCHOLARS FUND - Edward A. Bouchet Scholarship
Deadline to apply: March 16, 2023 3:00 pm CT
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Ms. Anna James

Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Beta Tau Boule’ of New Haven, Connecticut, has established a college scholarship to assist academically talented African American graduates of selected Connecticut high schools. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university of the student’s choice.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America. Scholarship America is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the Promising Scholars Fund Edward A. Bouchet Scholarship must:

  • Be African American undergraduates planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a Connecticut resident
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Award information:

  • The Promising Scholars Fund total distribution will be $50,000. Six (6) Edward A. Bouchet awards of $6,000, and two (2) Anna Louise James awards of $1,000 will be given.
  • Awards are not renewable, however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Demanding personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered.

Primary preference in the selection of recipients will be given to males and secondary preference will be given to qualified applicants who are residents of New Haven County, CT, and meet the eligibility requirements. While preference will be given to male applicants of equal qualifications, African American females are eligible to apply.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or member of the Promising Scholars Fund Inc. or the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Beta Tau Boule’ play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


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

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America will process payments for the amount Promising Scholars Fund awards in one payment mailed to the recipient’s home address in early August. The check will be made payable to the school of the student’s enrollment. The school will be instructed to apply half of the amount to the first semester and the balance to the second. Students are expected to maintain the qualifying academic standards to be eligible for continued payment.

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.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 21, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

Promising Scholars Fund Inc. with support from Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Beta Tau Boule' has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!