Connecticut Community Foundation Scholarships Reach $1 Million Milestone

Connecticut Community Foundation has supported local students over the past three decades. This school year local scholars will receive more than $1 million in scholarship support to attend two-year and four-year schools across the country. More than 150 donors who have established permanent scholarship funds at the Foundation have made this record level of support possible.

“Over a span of decades, increases in college tuition have far outpaced the overall inflation rate as well as increases in family income, imposing an enormous and ever-growing burden on students and their families. An inability to pay the steep costs of post-secondary education can both stifle dreams and exacerbate inequities in people’s ability to both access opportunity and build wealth,” said Julie Loughran, president and CEO of Connecticut Community Foundation. “We are grateful to the scores of donors who have understood that when students maximize their potential and pursue their ambitions, the entire community benefits—not just immediately, but for the generations that will follow.”

“It has been wonderful to see the Foundation’s scholarship resources grow over time, allowing us to assist hundreds of remarkable students each year. As most of our scholarship awards are renewable, students can count on stable support throughout their college years—consistent funding that can make it possible for a student to stay in school and complete a degree,” said Josh Carey, director of grants management at Connecticut Community Foundation. “We are honored to help make higher education more accessible for families in the region, and to make this valuable investment in our shared future.”

Among the largest scholarship providers in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills, the Foundation has made more than 7,400 awards from these funds—totaling over $16 million—to local scholars since 1991.

View the complete list of students by town who have been awarded scholarships by Connecticut Community Foundation for the 2022-23 academic year at www.conncf.org/scholars. To learn more about establishing a scholarship fund at the Foundation, visit www.conncf.org/create-a-fund/.