The Persbacker Family Fund at Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded college scholarships of $4,000 each to five Bridgewater residents for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Persbacker Family Fund is among the largest college scholarship funds available to students residing in Bridgewater, Connecticut. To receive an award from the fund, a student must demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community service in the town of Bridgewater, and the student’s primary residence must have been in Bridgewater for at least six years. The honors are renewable for up to four years.
Former Bridgewater resident Victor L. Persbacker established the scholarship fund at the Foundation with the intention of making college more affordable for local students who are involved in volunteer work throughout the Bridgewater community.

“I’d just like to give the biggest thanks to the Persbecker Scholarship Fund for recognizing me as one of the 2021 recipients,” said Bailey Herron, a Persbacker Scholarship recipient. “It is a great honor and I am excited to continue to represent everything that this scholarship embodies.”

The Persbacker Fund has awarded scholarships totaling over $260,000 to 31 students since its inception in 2004. Congratulations to the following scholars for the 2021-2022 academic year:

Taryn Crossley
University of Connecticut, Class of 2024
Field of Study: Environmental Studies

Julia Sinatra
Hamilton College, Class of 2024
Field of Study: Languages, Literature and Linguistics

Bailey Herron
Elon University, Class of 2024
Field of Study: Spanish and Political Science

Annika Vikstrom
Middlebury College, Class of 2025
Field of Study: Liberal Arts and Sciences / Humanities

Sierra Wilson
Delaware Valley University, Class of 2025
Field of Study: Agriculture and Related Sciences

Learn more about the scholarship program at Connecticut Community Foundation at