January 14, 2022
The college won’t get any cheaper, but a local organization is set to give a record $825,000 lump sum to hardworking students this year.
The Savings Corporation of America is now accepting applications for the Robert T. Kenny Scholarship Program for the 2022-23 academic year.
“We saw a drop in applications last year due to the coronavirus, so we really hope to see as many students as possible apply this year,” Maria Valvo, president and CEO of the institution, told the Herald in mid-January.
The Foundation offers the largest independent undergraduate scholarship program from a single funding source in Connecticut. Applications are accepted from residents of 64 Connecticut cities, including Bristol, New Britain, Plainville, Newington, Berlin and Southington.
“Ensuring students have access to higher education has been part of our mission since we started,” Valvo said. “Knowing that there are many challenges for families, we want to make sure that our scholarship can help make financial barriers less challenging for students.”
Everyone from current high school seniors and returning college students to non-traditional adult students can apply. Applications are due by midnight on March 31. Awards are expected to be announced by early June and distributed before the September semester.
Throughout its 25-year history, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to 2,600 students totaling more than $14 million.
This year alone, the institution expects to support approximately 400 students, including new applicants and renewal scholars. They plan to attend four-year colleges and universities, two-year colleges, and accredited technical or professional programs.
“This scholarship is renewable, and most of our scholars receive support throughout the four years of college,” said Scholarship Program Officer Heather Huconson in a press release. “Our goal is to help reduce some of the financial pressures that can prevent hard-working students from achieving their dream of a college education.”
Winners are selected based on financial need, but academic performance, community engagement, and other factors are also taken into account. High school seniors applying to be ranked third must be ranked in the graduating class or have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Current college students must hold a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Visit asfdn.org to download an app or call 860-827-2556.
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