Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Offers More Than $1 Million in Scholarship Funding to Local Students

Jan 18, 2022

High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and Graduate Students in 9 Communities Can Apply Online Until March 31

(Norwalk, CT) — High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students are invited to apply for more than $1 million in scholarships available through Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

 To qualify, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and reside in one of the nine Bridgeport-area communities: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Milford, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, and Westport.

Online applications can be found in the scholarships section of our website at FCCFoundation.org. The application deadline is March 31.

The Community Foundation also offers a wide selection of scholarships directly through most high schools in Fairfield County. Students and parents are encouraged to visit their high school’s website or contact their guidance department for additional information about current scholarships and instructions on how to apply.

In 2021, the Community Foundation awarded 410 scholarships totaling nearly $1.2 million. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $7,500 — and some students will have the opportunity to renew their scholarships for multiple years.

“We encourage Fairfield County students to dream big and apply today for these scholarships,” Fairfield County’s Community Foundation President and CEO Juanita James said. “We have a vast array of awards available through the generosity of over 160 fundholders who are investing in improving lives for all of Fairfield County. Together, we can make the future of our community brighter.”

With more than 150 scholarships, students may qualify for any number of opportunities.

Two of the available offerings include:

The Employees Tuberculosis and Respiratory Association (Etra) Health Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a specialized study in the medical or health fields. Applicants for this award must show a passion for community involvement and a deep interest in continued education with plans to attend a 4-year college or university. Several renewable scholarships will be awarded this year.

The Les Treize Scholarship

 Available for graduating seniors from a high school in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, or Trumbull. Applicants must be African American and must plan to be a full-time student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations, and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $337.5 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond since 1992. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, the organization brings together community organizers, business experts, and philanthropists to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County with a focus on eliminating disparities in education, employment, housing, and health. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. Learn more at FCCFoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Media questions may be directed to:
Peter Panepento | ppanepento@fccfoundation.org | (202) 531-3886