Please review the general eligibility criteria below to be sure you are eligible to apply.
NOTE: In addition to the general criteria listed below, some scholarships have specific criteria. Be sure to review the additional requirements of individual scholarships on our Scholarship-Specific Eligibility Requirements for high school seniors or current undergraduate and graduate students and include any additional letters of recommendation and/or essay along with the required documentation if necessary.
General eligibility requirements for:
|Graduating high school seniors||Current undergraduate or graduate students|
|Location requirements||Must be a graduating senior from any high school in these Greater Bridgeport Area cities and towns: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull or Westport.NOTE: If you are a high school senior at Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame High School (Fairfield) or Lauralton Hall, town of residence does not apply for the Chiota Family Scholarship.||Be a current full-time undergraduate (not an incoming Freshman) or graduate student enrolled in a program at an accredited college, university or vocational school, or accredited specialized study program.Have a connection to one of these Greater Bridgeport Area cities or towns: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull or Westport, either as a native resident, high school graduate or current resident, as stated in the specific scholarship’s requirements.NOTE: This criteria does not apply for the Megan Cobb & Jason Kern Scholarship for students enrolled at Sacred Heart University, nor for the Theodor Muller Scholarship for students enrolled in the School of Architecture at MIT.|
|Academic requirements||Be in good academic standing. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (some scholarships may require a higher GPA).||Demonstrate a history of academic achievement. Minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA.|
|Enrollment Requirements||Must plan to attend and be a full-time student at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university, vocational school, trade school, technical school or certificate program. Part-time students are not eligible and will not be considered.||Must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university, vocational school, trade school, technical school or certificate program. Part-time students are not eligible and will not be considered.|
|Financial requirements||Must have financial need.||Must have financial need.|
|Additional requirements||Demonstrate good moral character, good citizenship and a commitment to the community.Participate in extra-curricular activities.|
Required materials for all applicants
Below is what will need to be uploaded in your online application:
- Most current official transcript
- Letter of Recommendation (2nd letter may be required for some scholarships)
- Complete copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) (available online by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Visit [fafsa.ed.gov link]
- Personal Statement/Essay (2nd essay may be required by some scholarships)
High school seniors: if you need your Guidance Counselor to provide any of these documents for you, you will need to let your Guidance Counselor know about this request in person, by phone, or by email. There is an email address and a mailing address listed in the application to which the Guidance Counselor can send these documents. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documents are received prior to the application deadline.
Application restrictions and deadlines
- You can apply for a maximum of four scholarships.
- Only provide one copy of each of the following items:
- Official transcript
- SAT scores (if applicable)
- SAR Report
- Letter of Recommendation (unless a second Letter of Recommendation is required by the scholarship(s) for which you are applying).
- Application deadlines:
- High School seniors: 11:59 p.m. on March 21, 2017*
- Current undergraduate and graduate students: 11:59 p.m. on May 01, 2017*
* Please note: Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted!