Scholarships are not only a way to pay for college; they are also a way to recognize students for their achievements. Scholarship opportunities are plentiful but finding them takes a bit of work. This site is a compilation of scholarship resources; some well-known, extensive scholarship databases, some nationally awarded, employer sponsored, or college awarded scholarships and those for students of different backgrounds and studies.
The Career Development & Counseling Center and Financial Aid offices receive scholarship opportunity listings. Some are included here; some may have been received after the last site update; it is wise to check periodically. The CD&CC also has multiple scholarship resource directories and handbooks that simplify the process of hunting down scholarships on the Internet. They offer advice on how to narrow the field of potential programs down to ones where you have a good chance of winning an award. MxCC also recommends visiting the Education & Employment Information Center site, a free statewide clearinghouse operated by the Office of Higher Education. It has an extensive Financial Aid Resources listing. Professors, counselors and Deans may also have scholarship information that is not advertised or available on the list. Don’t be afraid to ask! There are many resources available!!
Finding and applying for scholarships requires motivation and effort. Most scholarships require an essay or two. Writing on an assigned topic or about your accomplishments and communicating how your skills or experience may match the sponsor’s requirements is a valuable skill that will serve you well in the future. Many scholarships also require recommendations; learning how to ask for and obtain letters of support is also a valuable skill. Take the application process seriously and leave yourself enough time to present yourself in the best possible professional light. Know that faculty and staff will be happy to guide you through the process. Don’t miss the opportunity to help fund your education and build your credentials; learn about the resources available and go for it!
MXCC SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS
- MxCC Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships annually to MxCC students. Most of the awards require a GPA of 3.0. More than $150,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students over a five year period. The awards range in value from $500 on up and are granted from donations of generous individuals, businesses, services and charitable foundations. Foundation scholarships will be advertised via faculty, bulletin board postings, college monitors, MxCC Facebook page, and the college website.
See MxCC Foundation Scholarships
- Artists for World Peace is an artist’s fund at MxCC in the Art/Fine Arts, Multi-media, Digital Arts, Music, Theatre, and Broadcast Cinema courses –Applications are available at the Meriden Welcome Center and in various campus offices.
- Connecticut Environmental Health Association (CEHA) is pleased to announce that two scholarships are available to CEHA members and their children/spouses.
- Connex Credit Union – Scholarships for Connex Credit Union members
- The Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA) is pleased to announce the CAPFAA Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. We are excited to be able to award six (6) non-renewable $1,000 scholarships to three (3) eligible undergraduate and three (3) eligible graduate students in pursuit of higher education in the State of Connecticut.
- CONNTAC, Inc. offers a scholarship to students every year. Prospective recipients must be a documented participant of CONNTAC in order to for their scholarship application to be considered by the Board of Directors’ Scholarship Committee.
- Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) Foundation Scholarship Opportunities 2019
- Donofrio Public Media Scholar and Internship Program – a partnership between Connecticut Public (the parent company of Connecticut Public Television and Connecticut Public Radio WNPR) and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system and funded through the generosity of Nick and Anita Donofrio, this program will provide opportunities for students interested in careers in media and/or communications to receive a scholarship or educational stipend to support the cost of their degree program to attend a Connecticut community college. Scholarship or stipend awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, transportation, child care or equipment.
- Freya Moskowitz Stern Scholarship – $5,000 scholarship to community college female students transferring to any accredited four year college
- Murtha Scholarship– In honor of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murtha of Essex, the Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley will be awarding scholarships to residents of Essex, Chester, Deep River and Old Saybrook who are planning to pursue a career in health care. Priority will be given to those who are entering the nursing profession. One or more scholarships will be awarded, with $5,000 being the total of all awards. Scholarships will be given on the basis of academic achievement, volunteerism and motivation. The 2020 application deadline is April 24th and all required materials must be received by this date. For further information or to request an application call 860.767.0186, or email Susan Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Established in 1920, Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. (VNLV) is a full-service home care agency serving the 15-town lower Connecticut River valley region. VNLV provides comprehensive, personalized services that foster health, independence, dignity and comfort through home-based healing, education, and health-oriented community outreach initiatives; as well as geriatric care management, escorted transportation, homemakers, and companions through its subsidiary Lower Valley Care Advocates.
- National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut-Open to legally blind CT residents or those attending schools in CT
- Professional Women in Construction- Connecticut Chapter
- Richard ‘Dik’ Days Scholarship Fund – If you are a Connecticut graduating high school senior attending college full-time in the fall or a current undergraduate student, enrolled full-time in a college/university you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Qualifying applicants must also meet the minimum requirements noted in the application. Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2021. The application deadline is May 1, 2021.
- South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Middletown is offering a scholarship award of $1,000 to commemorate the 28 years of pastoral service by the Reverend Mary D. Klaaren. The deadline for receipt of the application and essay is April 15, 2020.
- Tyszka Scholarship– The Tyszka Scholarship supports a college student whose goals are to promote social change. It was created to honor Bill and Marilyn Tyszka who spent decades building union strength and working toward a more just society. Their belief in the power of ordinary people to develop more just and humane organizations, and an America true to its most noble ideals, energized colleagues and friends throughout their working lives and in their “retirement”. After retiring, they were instrumental in creating the 4Cs retirees chapter, serving as elected leaders for many years, and were Board members of the AFSCME retirees chapter. This scholarship will assist students who wish to continue work on the causes which they cared so deeply about.
NATIONALLY AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS
- Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest– Ayn Rand was an author, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter. Her two best selling novels “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” are intellectually challenging and inspiring novels. The Ayn Rand Foundation sponsors essay contests for high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Awards range from $50-$10,000. The essays are based on three topics (choose one of your interest) about the book “Atlas Shrugged.” Interested in philosophy? Has October deadline.
- Big Y Foods, Inc. (one of the largest locally-owned supermarket chains in Southern New England) offers scholarships opportunities to students with academic merit and achievement. Awards are offered to both traditional students and not-traditional students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Over 300 scholarships available. Online Applications accepted Nov. 1 – Feb. 1
- BoB Scholarships (Best of Best) Applicants should complete a 1,500-2,000 words essay on skin care topic. A panel of BeSkinHost’s leaders will choose 3 finalists. Finalists will participate in a phone interview. The top finalist will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship, which can be used for any educational expenses.
- Chegg scholarships is a completely free scholarship search engine used by over 4 million students nationwide. With over 25K scholarships with personalized filters like GPA, age available for students in high school, college, grad school & beyond, it’s one of the biggest out there. You can check it out here: https://www.chegg.com/scholarships
- ClickItTicket Annual College Scholarship Program Write an essay on a live event you went to – sports, music, theatre.
- Connect First Scholarship “With this scholarship, we’re asking undergraduate students to answer these questions and give their own take on communication technology today and for the future. We want to know your thoughts on the importance of communication and how it will be affected by the evolution of technology. The student who best expresses their views will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education.”
- EDCO The EDCO Awards Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship designed to acknowledge and award one exceptional student (including high school seniors, undergraduates or graduates) in the hopes of offering them financial relief needed to continue their educational journey. EDCO believes that everyone should have the chance to pursue their desired career of choice and have access to top education in order to accomplish their goals.
- Global Life Equipment provides one yearly scholarship opportunity to U.S. or Canadian students currently attending or planning a post-secondary institution in the fall. 2.5 GPA or higher required. Applicant must write a short story from the point of view of a piece of used equipment found in their company inventory.
- Growth Everywhere Scholarship Amount of Award: $500 Who can apply?: Anyone attending a college. How to apply? Write an 800-word essay about your personal growth from those high school days to right now!
- Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program – receive up to $2,500 to pursue career or technical education
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship– [PTK Students, take notice!] Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a highly selective scholarship opportunity nationwide. Privately funded, students can receive up to $30,0000 to attend a 4 year accredited college or university. Students must have a cumulative un-weighted GPA of 3.5 or above, plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, and must demonstrate unmet financial need. The first year MxCC participated, our own student Autumn Greenberg won. She earned her Bachelors degree from Wesleyan University. Application period is from mid-September to early November for the undergraduate transfer scholarship. For further information please contact the MxCC JKCF Representative, Judy Mazgulski, Retention Specialist via email email@example.com or call (860) 343-5868.
- Mensa Education and Research Foundation is a philanthropic, nonprofit 201 (c)(3) organization committed to the pursuit of excellence and human intelligence. Scholarships are awarded based on applicant essays. The scholarship application process is open Sept. 15 – Jan. 15.
- Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship We’ll be awarding $4,000 per semester to a student that has dealt with cancer, personally or within their family, in an effort to help them further their education.
- NASA CT Space Grant Consortium Many grant and scholarship opportunities
- National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators (NAVPA) The NAVPA 2018 NAVPA Scholarship Application is now open for students from NAVPA Member Schools. Each applicant must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements.
- Currently attend a NAVPA member institution. Please refer to https://www.navpa.org/member-institutions/ for a list of member institutions or ask your School Veterans Administrator.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible U.S. permanent resident.
- Be an Honorably Discharged U.S. Military Veteran, Active Duty, Reserve or Guard member, or a Dependent of Veteran or Service member.
- Be in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Complete prerequisite essay, not to exceed two pages. “How the NAVPA Scholarship will help me achieve my goals”
- Be enrolled in and maintain attendance at full-time rate at a NAVPA member approved college or university during the fall 2018 semester/quarter.
- Have earned a minimum of 12 college credit hours by the end of the fall 2018 semester/quarter. For alternative certification/post-baccalaureate program applicants, credits may be from their bachelor’s degree program course of study.
The deadline for application is January 11, 2019.
- Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program A unique opportunity for eligible college students and graduating high-school seniors to apply for scholarship dollars, be considered for a limited number of summer internships, and learn about employment opportunities upon college graduation
- The Ohio Foundation Scholarship
- PTK Scholarships These scholarship programs are open toPhi Theta Kappa members.
- PTK All-USA Academic Team We are seeking outstanding student leaders from our college to apply for the All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Academic Team Programs sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa. Recipients will be awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships. The student and college have the opportunity to receive national press recognition should one of our nominees be identified as a national scholar. In addition to recognition by Follett and Coca-Cola, nominees to these programs are recognized in All-State Academic Team programs held in 39 states, including Connecticut. All-State Team programs may offer academic scholarships, newspaper coverage, medallions, and/or certificates to scholars.At this time, we are seeking qualified applications. In selecting nominees to represent our institution, we ask you to consider the eligibility criteria to determine if you might be a good fit for the scholarship. The scholarships look to award students with outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement, and service to the college and community. In addition, the focal point of the application is the essay. This should center around one endeavor undertaken by the student that utilized their college education to improve their respective community or college. Judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings.For more information about the scholarships available, or to apply, please visit the websites below: https://portal.ptk.org/Default.aspx?TabID=3749. Applications must be completed no later than October 25, 2019. After all applications have been received, applicants selected as nominees will be notified.
- Target Corporation offers scholarships to high school and college students nationwide. The Target All-Around Scholarship is devoted to students that have a high level of academic achievement and a devotion to community service. Target is also partnered with the United Negro College Fund, The Hispanic College Fund and offers scholarship opportunities to aspiring fashion designers, The Target Fashion Scholar Program.
- #TransgenderFirst Scholarship: The first national scholarship exclusively dedicated to helping underserved Transgender students get affordable access to a college education. Applicants must identify as Transgender, plan to pursue a degree, or currently pursuing a degree, at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, have a high school diploma or GED, and be a U.S. Citizen. Deadline to apply is December 31.
- WalletHacks $1,000 Financial Freedom Scholarship
- ZipRecruiter is committed to helping students succeed both in school and in life. Our scholarship program is offered every 3 month, rewarded to the most creative one-page submission about hometown/college-town with $3,000 – we will also recognize runner ups as ZipScholars on our website.
WOMEN- RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
- AAUW–The Lower Connecticut Valley Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) is offering a $2000 grant to women who are pursuing an Associate or Bachelor degree. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of personal goals, academic performance, and financial need. See website for requirements and deadline.
- Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance- Finance and Accounting scholarships opportunities are available to women that are pursuing a degree in accounting or finance. Supports the cost of attending the 3rd, 4th or 5th year. CT Chapter #045
- Professional Women in Construction CT Chapter– Annual scholarship opportunities are available to women and men who are working towards a degree in architecture, construction and or engineering.
- Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award is available to women who are the primary financial source in their households by giving them support to achieve their educational goals and to improve their workforce skills. Visit their website nationwide: www.soroptimist.org or the local chapter www.soroptimistner.org/clubs_ctrivervalley.htm
MINORITY & ETHNIC- RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
- Armenian Student’s Association of America is a non-profit organization based in Rhode Island that offers scholarship opportunities to Armenian descent students. www.asainc.org/national/scholarships.shtml
- CALAHE – Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education offers scholarship opportunities to incoming freshmen students and college undergraduates. Awarded to 20 students each year; some who are community college students! www.calahe.org Download application here.
- Connecticut Indian Council – Enrolled Native Americans (parent or grandparent can be enrolled if student is not) over 18 years old who are unemployed or under-employed (under 31 hours a week), living in CT are eligible for awards up to $4,000, depending on the situation which can be applied to tuition and books. All funds are sent directly to the school/bookstore.
Our program is part of WIOA program and funded by the department of labor. Eligible students can call Christine Meisner at 860-535-1277 or email cmeisner@rhodeislandIndiancouncil.org
Students will need to meet with and fill out an intake, take a TABE test if they are Freshman and Sophomores, submit tribal enrollment letter or card, Birth Certificate and License, as well as a copy of their FAFSA saying they applied, School invoice and a current copy of a pay stub if they are working part time.
THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM -The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students that are considered minorities each year to receive a good-through graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Partnered with UNCF (United Negro College Fund), HSF (Hispanic Scholarship Fund), AIGCS (American Indian Graduate Center Scholars), and APIASF (Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund) The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program offers opportunities to students that have are motivated to be excellent with their academics and have significant financial need. A minimum GPA of 3.3 is necessary. GMS announces the entire list of students selected for the GMS Class of 2014 in a press release. The deadline www.gmsp.org
- LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens has been providing scholarships to Hispanic students that meet specific guidelines. There are a variety of scholarships offered to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate college students. www.lulac.org/programs/education/scholarships/
- NABJ – National Association of Black Journalists awards scholarships annually to deserving students that are interested in pursuing careers in journalism. www.nabj.org/?SEEDScholars2013
NEW ENGLAND AREA COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
- Albertus Magnus College in New Haven offers various scholarships for undergraduate and transfer students. www.albertus.edu/undergraduate-degrees/undergraduate-degree-programs/
- Charter Oak State College offers scholarships opportunities to community college graduate students that demonstrated and interest and success in online learning. GPA 2.7 or higher required. www.charteroak.edu/community-college/scholarship-info.cfm
- NETA- New England Transfer Association each year offers awards to scholarship students that transfer from a NETA affiliated 2 year institution to a NETA qualified 4 year institution. A consistent minimum GPA of 3.25 is required. https://www.newenglandtransfer.org/scholarships
- University of Saint Joseph- Awards scholarships to transfer students that may qualify. www.usj.edu/admissions-financial-aid/tuition-and-financial-aid/scholarships-grants/usj-scholarships/
- University of Bridgeport– Qualified transfer applicants can receive scholarships in the range from $6000 to $15,000. GPA is considered.
- University of New Haven- The Transfer Presidential Scholarship is offered to students that are transferring from another college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.0 required. www.newhaven.edu/admissions/ugrad/affordable/scholarships/transfer/
- Wesleyan University has a special interest in transfer students from Connecticut Community Colleges. Transfer students add a great deal to the life and character of Wesleyan University. The Etherington Scholarship is named for Wesleyan’s former president Edwin Etherington and attracts some of the top graduates of the two-year state colleges. All applicants to Wesleyan are considered for the Etherington Scholarship based on financial need. Wesleyan also offers a special endowed scholarship to U.S. military Veterans. www.wesleyan.edu/admission/applying/admission_types/transfer_students.html
BUSINESS- RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS
- Be an Actuary offers various financial aid opportunities and scholarships to students interested in pursuing a career in Actuarial Science. www.beanactuary.org/how/?fa=scholarships
- Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship is designed for students between ages 16-25 who have maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA in their most recent year completed. Two written essays are required. www.odenzascholarships.com
- CT Environmental Health Association (CEHA) Scholarships – download document for more information
- Environmental Professionals’ Organization of CT (EPOC) Environmental Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to junior, senior and graduate level students enrolled in an environmental field major that prepares the student to become a Technical Environmental Professional in the state of CT. Awards are given annually in September. www.epoc.org/
- The Federated Garden Clubs of CT -Scholarships for students majoring in conservation, environmental studies, forestry and allied subjects. www.ctgardenclubs.org
SEARCHABLE SCHOLARSHIP DATABASES: (popular and trusted sites; some with scholarship matching services)
- CollegeScholarships.org Helping students pay for college since 1999. Easy to use searchable database.
- CollegeXpress is a comprehensive, easy to navigate site with scholarship search capability but a wealth of information for the college-bound and current college student. Bills itself as the ultimate Has helpful and relevant advice and articles on college life and career success. www.collegexpress.com
- Fastweb has listings of scholarships, internships, colleges and more. www.fastweb.com
- Federal Student Aid is an office of the U.S. Department of Education that provides a comprehensive database of scholarships and other opportunities. A must see for the newcomer to college. www.studentaid.ed.gov
- FinAid.org – The “SmartStudent” Guide to Financial Aid is a reputable resource for scholarship, loan, savings plan and military aid information. www.finaid.org
- GoodCall.com Find scholarships tailored to you or view popular scholarship searches in this database.
- IEFA-International Financial Aid and College Scholarship is a database of scholarships where you can tailor your search to your preferences. www.iefa.org/scholarships
- SallieMae not only provides student loans; they also have scholarship opportunities www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/
- Scholarships.com has 76 pages of over 200 scholarship listings; many geared toward H.S. seniors. Has a high number of diversity based opportunities (women, minorities, including LGBT), many health related. A wide mix. Worth reviewing! www.Scholarships.com
- The Roothbert Fund awards small scholarships to students that attend accredited colleges or universities and are “motivated by spiritual values.” Preference given to those considering careers in education. Essays, transcripts and recommendations required. Interview also required. (New Haven, CT) Forms available Nov 1-Jan 1. Recipients must attend at least one weekend fellowship meeting.
- ROTC–Reserve Office Training Corps offers scholarships for the college student that is interested in enrolling in the Army.
- United States Coast Guard Academy Four almost free years and a stipend to students willing to serve for five years in the Coast Guard (as an officer) after graduation. The only cost, an initial entrance fee of $3,000, can be waived in the case of verifiable hardship.
HEALTH CARE- RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS
- Got a Spine Scholarship is provided by Arctic Chiropractic, Alaska. Students with 2.5 GPA, any major, residing in the United States or Canada are eligible to apply. Essays required.
ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE – RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS
- Milton Fisher Scholarship offers up to $20,000 (up to $5,000 per year for four years) and is open to exceptionally innovative and creative high school juniors, seniors and college freshmen from CT or the NYC metro area. If awarded, the scholarship can be used at any school in the country. Application deadline is the end of April annually. Administered by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
- The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars to study at Oxford. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes scholar is selected from an institution, which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant. Candidates selected show potential to be public-spirited leaders of the world’s future.