Connecticut Scholarships and Grants

If someone told you there was a bag of money just out there with your name on it, you’d go for it! Well, there just might be, if you meet the qualifications, which are varied and diverse. Connecticut has a wide range of college scholarships available for eligible students, and there just might be one for you! Take a look at some of the opportunities listed below and apply! You’ll never find your pot of gold unless you try.

Aid for Public College Students

This program is overseen by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, and is designed to help Connecticut residents, who are also US citizens, who are in financial need. Monies awarded may be used at either a 2-year or 4-year college, but use is limited to state public colleges or universities. This award is based on need and is designed to fill the gap between the actual cost of school and the amount the student and parents can pay. In most cases it does not have to be repaid.

Application requires you to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can obtain the forms on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. There is no charge for filing an application. Funds may be awarded multiple times, however, the form must be filled out annually, after January 1st, in the year the funds are needed. Visit www.ctdhe.org for more information.

Capitol Scholarship Program

If you dream of an out-of-state education, this just might be your ticket! Do you have good grades, good PSAT scores, and can you substantiate financial need? Then you may qualify for this program. The award may be used for undergraduate study in a 2 or 4-year designated institution. These include those in-state as well as those eligible in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

To qualify you must be a high school senior who ranks in the top 20% of your class or have a minimum of 1800 SAT score or minimum 27 ACT score. You must also complete an FAFSA application – www.fafsa.ed.gov. Contact your guidance counselor or the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, www.ctdhe.org, for more information.

Connecticut Building Congress, Inc.

When you were a kid, did you love Lego’s, and building things. Well if you want to keep right on building in the future, the CBC Scholarship might be right up your alley. It is based on a major interest in engineering, construction or construction management, architecture, or surveying/mapping. The award is based on high academic achievement and demonstrable financial need. You must be a high school senior to apply.

Other requirements include participation in extracurricular activities and proven potential for the future. Application requires an essay, transcript, a Student Aid Report or FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov). This award is renewable and allows you to attend school out-of-state.

Robert C. Byrd Honors

Are you an extraordinarily a stellar student? Are you in the upper 2% of your high school graduating class, have a minimum 2100 SAT score, or a minimum 32 ACT score? The you are eligible for this scholarship very special scholarship!

In order to apply, besides the qualifications noted above, you need to be a high school senior who resides in Connecticut. You must also be a US citizen. Award is in the amount of $1,500. Stop by your high school guidance counselor’s office for more application information. This scholarship is also listed on line at www.ctdhe.org.

Connecticut Independent College Student Grant

Grants are wonderful – they are free money that doesn’t have to be paid back – ever! This grant award is based on financial need. It is to be used for undergrad study in designated private schools in the state of Connecticut and it is renewable each year.

You must be able to prove financial need for this award. To do this, fill out an Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application (www.fafsa.ed.gov) on line. No application fee is required. In addition, you will need to complete any paperwork required by the individual colleges. Deadline is based on deadlines set by each college. If you’d like more information about this grant, go to www.ctdhe.org.