Scholarship Information

Scholarships
Scholarship Pitfalls

Scholarships are not only for college! Many scholarships are offered for post secondary education (such as: college, technical school, culinary, etc). Please check the scholarship criteria carefully to see if applicable to your situation!

FAILURE TO CHECK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: Remember to check the Guidance Office or the webpage http://www.torrington.org/page.cfm?p=283 for scholarships that become available. Scholarships are added on a frequent basis so please be sure to check it at least once a week!

FAILURE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: Many submitted applications are disqualified because all requested and necessary documentation have not been submitted with the application. READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!

BEWARE OF DEADLINES: Failure to adhere to stated deadlines can cause you to lose out on scholarship opportunities. Plan of action – Complete and submit your applications well before the deadline.

ENVELOPE & STAMP(S): When an original transcript is required to be sent with a scholarship application, please remember to provide a stamped envelope addressed to the scholarship organization together with a signed Transcript Release form (make sure proper postage is on envelope)! Again….. be aware of deadlines! Transcript releases, SAT/ACT scores, teacher recommendations, etc., take time to assemble so please submit applications 2 weeks prior to the deadline date!

FAILURE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Many students will request local scholarship application forms they are eligible for but DO NOT return or submit the completed applications. You won’t be considered for a scholarship if an application is not submitted. (Ex: Only 28% of a local scholarship applications were returned the day prior to the deadline and only 33% of the THS Scholarship packets were returned by the due date in 2015)

NOTE:Scholarships are not only for seniorsStart looking for scholarships in 9th grade. Use www.fastweb.com and scholarshipguidance.com. The only person who is guaranteed not to get a scholarship is the one who doesn’t apply.


IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP/TRANSCRIPT AND RECOMMENDATION INFORMATION

If transcripts (official or unofficial) are required with any scholarship application, the completed scholarship packet (including the correct amount of postage, addressed envelope to the scholarship organization) and the transcript request form are due to the Guidance Office A MINIMUM OF THREE SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE!

If the scholarship needs counselor and/or teacher recommendations included, the packet should be SUBMITTED TO GUIDANCE AT LEAST 7 SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE! An addressed envelope, with the correct amount of postage should also be given to Guidance for mailing on behalf of the student.

This will allow the transcripts/recommendation forms to be processed and mailed in a timely fashion. 

Official transcripts cannot be given to students, parents, etc. but must go directly to the scholarship organization, committee, etc. If the scholarship needs to be placed in the mail, students are required to bring their completed scholarship application to Guidance 3 to 7 days before the scholarship deadline along with an envelope addressed to the scholarship organization, the correct amount of postage on the envelope and the signed transcript request form.We will enclose the transcript/recommendation as needed and place in the mail.



COLLEGE BOARD SCHOLARSHIPS  

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, the College Board announced a new scholarship that is open to all students and rewards them for actions they take towards applying to college. The potential rewards range from $500-$2,000 with a potential capstone scholarship of $40,000 for completing all steps. The steps and rewards are below.

For more information visit:  https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

1. Build Your College List: $500

2. Practice for the SAT: $1,000

3. Improve Your Score: $2,000

4. Strengthen Your College List: $500

5. Complete the FAFSA: $1,000

6. Apply to Colleges: $1,000


ITXpress Scholarship and Employment

Free Information Technology training and supportive services to young adults age 17 - 29.

Eligible participants must be age 17-29, out of school, unemployed or underemployed, a US citizen or green card holder, and have a barrier to employment.  Must also demonstrate sufficient aptitude, interest, availability and commitment.

Please visit http://www.nrwib.org/content/2807/2931/ for additional information and to register.


ACT STUDENT CHAMPION AWARD


Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award.  The recipients receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, plaque and state-level recognition.  Please check the website www.act.org/readinesschampions for additional information on this scholarship and to download the scholarship application.

College Covered Scholarship

Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 11 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $10,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.

Further information can be found at https://scholarship.collegecovered.com/?acmpgn=E_EAW_CSEM_BM_X_BMHS2


The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women
Application Deadlines are Quarterly:   January 1st, March 31st, June 30th, and September 30th every year

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded each quarter together with a care package filled with healthy organic goodies to young women who are striving to maintain their health and wellness as they pursue their higher education goals. 

Here is a brief summary of the eligibility requirements:

        + Must be a graduating high school senior, current college undergraduate, or current graduate student at a 4-year, 2-year, vocational, or technical school in the United States.

        + Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

        + Must identify as female.

        + All majors and GPAs are encouraged to apply!

Please visit their webpage https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/ for additional information and to access the application. 


Greater Waterbury Sportsmen's Club Scholarship
Application Deadline:  November 16, 2018

Please visit their website https://www.greaterwaterburysportsmensclub.org/scholarship-info for additional information and to download or complete an online application.  A short essay is also a part of the application process along with a copy of your unofficial transcript. Once you have the completed application, be sure to attach your unofficial transcript to your application for submission.


Unlimited Cellular US $1,800.00 Scholarship Program
Submission Deadline: November 30th, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY (High School)

Applicants must

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a graduating senior high school
  • Have a 3.0 high school GPA
  • Be an exemplary student
  • Be in need of financial support

ELIGIBILITY (College)

To be eligible for this scholarship program, the successful applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. undergraduate or graduate program
  • Be in need of financial support
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Please click here for additional eligibility requirements and information regarding this scholarship opportunity.


Light the Way Scholarship
Scholarship Deadline:  December 15, 2018

Assumption College is offering a $25,000 per year scholarship to up to 50 students impacting the world in a positive way.  A completed Light the Way Scholarship application includes a brief essay on how you are contributing to make the world a better place, along with a letter of recommendation and a visual representation of your work. 

Please visit their website www.assumption.edu/LightTheWay for additional information and to download the scholarship application.

 


BadCredit.org Wealth Wise Scholarship
Scholarship Deadline:  December 31, 2018


This scholarship is open to US undergraduate and graduate students seeking a career in the finance industry.

The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be awarded based on academic merit and  submission of a short essay to be titled
How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved.

Please click here for additional information regarding this scholarship opportunity.


John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Scholarship Deadline:  January 18, 2019

Applicants must write an original and creative 700 to 1000 word essay demonstrating an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.  Please visit their website JFKLibrary.org/essaycontest for further information, requirements and to download the scholarship application. 


Virginia Military Institute
Application Deadline:  February 1, 2019

Virginia Military Institute offers scholarship opportunities to student applicants in recognition of their accomplishments. 

Please visit their website https://www.vmi.edu/admissions-and-aid/ for additional information, requirements and to access the scholarship application.


Big Y Scholarship Program
Application Deadline:  February 1, 2019


Big Y offers an annual scholarship program which recognizes academic merit and achievement.  To be eligible, a student's permanent residence or school must be located within Massachusetts or the State of Connecticut.  All Big Y employees are eligible regardless of their residence.  Only online applications will be accepted.  Please visit www.bigy.com to submit your online application. 



The
CONNECTICUT BAR FOUNDATION

JAMES W. COOPER FELLOWS

QUINTIN JOHNSTONE
2018-2019 ESSAY CONTEST

Jumping the Gun – Preventing School Violence?

  • Grand Prize - $2,000
  • Two Runner-Up Prizes - $1,000
  • Essays to be judged by Federal and State Court Judges, Law Professors, and Lawyers
  • Award Ceremony to be held at Connecticut Supreme Court

Postmark Deadline February 22, 2019

For More Information, Please Visit Their Website:
www.ctbarfdn.org 



Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship
Application Deadline:  March 1, 2019

Each year the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary grants scholarships to qualified graduates of area
high schools intending to pursue a career in health care. In order to be eligible, the applicant must live in the area served by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

This year the committee will grant a total of 12 scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, to be presented on May 8, 2019. 

To be considered, a student must state that he/she plans to enter a health-related field. Applicants are to complete the appropriate forms (attached) and submit them in hard copy by March 1, 2019 (no exceptions to this cut off date). All applications must be in typed format. Please mail all components of the application in one envelope.



FIDM National Scholarship Competition
Application Deadline:  March 29, 2019


This scholarship is for students interested in Fashion, Visual Arts, Graphics, Interior Design, Social Media and Entertainment.  Please visit their website bit.ly/FIDMscholarship for entry details and up-to-date information regarding this scholarship.



The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc.

Application Deadlines:

          Early Response Option for High School Students Application - April 3, 2019
          New High School Application - May 1, 2019


Please visit their website www.phillips-scholarship.org in December 2018 to gain access to the new applications and for eligibility requirements, necessary documents and application procedure.


Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
Application Deadline:  May 1, 2019

This scholarship is a four-year scholarship (up to $5,000 per year for four years).  The online application can be found at www.rbffoundation.org.  Please visit their website for additional details regarding this scholarship and to complete the online application.






National Center for Homeless Education

Please check the website http://nche.ed.gov/ibt/scholarships.php for scholarship opportunities through this organization.



Horatio Alger Association Scholarships

Application Deadlines: Various Dates

- Please check their website!

 

The Horatio Alger Association sponsors various scholarships throughout the year. Please check their website:

https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/

for information regarding the scholarships.

 

You may also apply for the Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship, please apply online at application.horatioalger.org



TUITION BREAK FOR NEW ENGLAND RESIDENTS

The New England Regional Student Program (RSP) has attached a brochure called tuitionbreak which discusses college and financial aid options. Through RSP, students are eligible to pay a lower, regional tuition, instead of the regular out-of-state tuition, when they enroll at out-of-state public colleges and universities within New England and pursue degree programs not offered by their home-state public colleges and universities.

Please visit their website www.nebhe.org/tuitionbreak for additional information.


Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest

Monthly Scholarship

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Entries are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:

http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship.


 

Sterling Law Offices, S.C. Student Scholarship

Deadlines (2): Bi-annual: June 30 and December 31 every year

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a High School senior who plans on attending post-secondary education full time and has a minimum GPA of 3.0. All majors are encouraged to apply.

Application- http://www.sterlinglawyers.com/scholarship/


Scholarship Guidance

Please visit the following website for a High School and University Resource for students.

www.scholarshipguidance.com


Scholarship Experts

Please visit the following website for a free scholarship matching service with a database of over 2.4 milllion scholarships. These scholarships are updated on a daily basis.

http://www.scholarshipexperts.com


Student Scholarships Now

Please visit the following website for scholarships that Connecticut students are eligible for.

www.StudentScholarships.org

This web page has scholarships that change on a monthly basis. Please check this web site frequently for new scholarships as they appear.

Please download their Newsletter by viewing their website:

www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php


Scholarships.com

A free scholarship search website.

scholarships.com



Accredited Schools Online Financial Resources

Accredited Schools Online just updated their guide to financial aid for minority students. Their guidebook can be found here: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/college-scholarships-for-minority-students/

This expert-driven guide includes an extensive list of scholarships and financial aid resources available specifically for minority students. The guide also includes tips for finding and securing scholarships and other financial aid.


College Scholarships

The website http://www.collegescholarships.org/financial-aid/ is a scholarship search engine that will help students pay for college with scholarships. Please check the website frequently for updated scholarship opportunities and application deadlines. 


Artists & Writers Awards

Deadlines vary by region

 All students in Grades 7 - 12 can participate and $10 million is available to artists and writers. Please visit the website www.artandwriting.org for further information. 


DISCUS AWARDS PROGRAM

These scholarships and applications change on a daily basis. Check back frequently to get the latest scholarships available.

The Discus Awards scholarship program remains committed to helping students in grades 9 through 12 find money for college, so our popular "Best List of College Scholarships" remains accessible and updated.

Please click here to access this scholarship resource. 


Fastweb

At Fastweb, They Have It All

 Scholarships, Internships, Colleges and More

www.fastweb.com.

Also check out their website for some really interesting scholarships:

http://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/the-weirdest-scholarships?utm_source=nlet&utm_content=fw_a2_20151028


SCHOLLY

Scholly has scholarships for high school students and current college students. Scholly's adaptive matching engine will find the scholarships you qualify for in seconds, without sign-ups or long forms that ask for your personal information.

Please click here to access their website: https://www.myscholly.com/


 MONEYGEEK.COM

A team at MoneyGeek.com have put together several guides to help minority students find grants and scholarships. Here are some links to their guides which might be of interest to minority students.

- Scholarship Guide for Black Students:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-black-students/

- Scholarship Guide for Hispanic Students:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-hispanic-students/

- Scholarship Guide for Asian-American Students:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-asian-students/

Each guide offers a lists of scholarships specific to those students as well as a "unique circumstances" section for undocumented or first-generation students. The site also has a more extensive scholarship search tool, which you can find at: http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/


COLLEGECOVERED.COM

CollegeCovered.com has the resources to help students and parents pursue college options. 

College Planning Calendar:
A brand-new College Planning Calendar is a yearlong checklist for high school seniors and their parents detailing the must-do’s for the college application process. This tool outlines each step so students and their families can stay on track. Plus, it’s ready to bookmark and print for easy access.

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  • Scholarship Sweepstakes: Students and parents can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship from Discover Student Loans! Entries are open through January 31, 2019. Visit Scholarship.CollegeCovered.com to enter.
     
  • FAFSA®: It’s time for all college applicants to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Our interactive FAFSA assistant can help students and their families get ready to complete the application with tips and guidance based on their personal situation.  

                                      Community Resource

This organization claims to have an unbiased scholarship guide that would be valuable for students and parents.  This guide breakdowns the best scholarship platforms and instructs users on how to use them effectively to find as many opportunities as possible. You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

http://www.reviews.com/best-scholarship-search-platforms/


 Seniors!

Scholarship information is also posted in Naviance as it is received! Check on a regular basis!

Financial Aid Power Point Link 

Click here for the Guidance Information Page