Helpful Hints


Throughout the year, the Financial Aid Office receives information on available scholarship opportunities. The information is posted on the bulletin board outside of the office. You can stop by our office for more information. You can also visit this page for an updated list of scholarship opportunities. 

Helpful Hints for Scholarship Search

  • Before you start your search, make sure you have an email account. Many scholarships will send you application information over email. 
  • Make sure you have basic information about yourself available to send if an organization requests a profile. Many sites will have scholarships available for global majority groups listed by group. Make sure you apply for these because they often do not have as many people applying for them.
  • Save the entire essay that you create when applying for scholarships. Often these essays can be “recycled” and used for multiple applications. Often a paper from one of your classes may also be adapted to meet your scholarship application needs.
  • Set aside a folder for your scholarship search. Create a list of all the scholarships you have applied for and key dates (deadlines, notification dates). The folder should also contain your basic profile and sample essays.
  • Schedule time for your Internet searches during which you do not have to work on other tasks.
  • There is an open writing lab that is available to help with your essay writing. Make sure you have someone proofread your essay before you send it.
Private scholarships

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships funds are provided by donors outside the College. Here are some tips on pursing private scholarship opportunities:

  • An Internet search is one of the best ways to identify private scholarship opportunities. 
  • Free scholarship search services are compiled on
  • Nearly every town or city has service organizations that offer college students financial assistance. Find out from the various organizations in the community if they have scholarships available.If you receive a scholarship from a group or individual, inform them of your gratitude and your progress. A letter of thanks goes far toward encouraging renewal of these awards.
  • Students are required to report all private scholarships they expect to receive to the Financial Aid Office.

Websites to search for Scholarships and Scholarship information

    • State of Connecticut: This is the primary website of the State of Connecticut that lists available financial aid resources which includes a comprehensive listing of scholarships and resources for all students - dislocated, graduate, tuition assistance, specific occupations, sports participation, veterans, students with disabilities, and community organizations and non-profit foundations.
    • Other Scholarships Search sites:

NVCC foundation scholarships

NVCC Foundation Scholarships

Look for an updated list of NVCC Foundation Scholarships along with instructions and applications to be posted here and available here in December, 2017.

More scholarships available

More Scholarships Available:

  • The Rivera Memorial Foundation, Inc., Three scholarships available. Deadline: December 8, 2017. More info & application here
  • University of Hartford Art Scholarship for Transfer Students. For students who are declared or plan to declare as an Art major (double majors are also eligible). Apply between November 1 to December 15, 2017. Application, submission details, and other info here.
  • NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium anticipates awarding five $1,500 scholarships to CT Community College students that are interested in STEM fields for the Spring 2018 semester. Six NVCC students received this scholarship in Fall 2016, five in Spring 2017, and one (the only one who applied) in Fall 2017. Deadline: December 1, 2018, 9 a.m.

    There are four requirements to be eligible to apply:  1) You must be able to demonstrate that your career interests relate to a STEM field and the mission of the CT Space Grant Consortium . 2) You must be a full-time student in the Spring 2018 semester or be part-time but completing your program requirements in the Spring 2018 semester. 3) You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 4) You must be a United States citizen and be able to verify this by showing a copy of a U.S. birth certificate, a U.S. Passport, a Military ID Card, or a Naturalization Certificate. To apply for the Community College Scholarship, you need to submit the following items (full instructions are in the attached PDF) :
  1. A typed Scholarship Application Cover Sheet
  2. A typed Grant Verification Form
  3. A typed Applicant Contact/Demographic Information Form
  4. One letter of recommendation. This should come from a professor from a course in your major or a supervisor if you work for a company that has a relation to STEM.
  5. A one page resume. (If you need help with this, please reach out to the Center for Job Placement and College Opportunities in L524 or at
  6. A copy of your U.S. birth certificate, U.S. Passport, Military ID Card, or Naturalization Certificate. The copy will be shredded after verification.
  7. A narrative that is THREE DOUBLE-SPACED PAGES MAXIMUM that addresses the following (see p. 6 and p. 31 of the attached PDF):
    1. Describe your academic and career goals.
    2. Describe information on any research experience or other relevant experiences you have had and how you believe they have influenced your career in STEM.
    3. Describe your community service, extra-curricular activities, work experience awards and/or honors.
    4. Briefly explain the benefits that you expect to derive from a NASA CT Space Grant Consortium Scholarship. 
    5. All items for an application must be submitted to Dr. Angelastro in E411A or his secretary Sue Cassano in T610 by Friday, December 1 at 9 am. More information about both opportunities as well as others can be found at the CT Space Grant Consortium website. Students may contact Dr. Angelastro with questions or if they need assistance with any of the items in the application package. 
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