Helpful Hints

Scholarships

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 www.finaid.org
  • 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:

http://www.finaid.org

http://www.fastweb.com

http://www.college-scholarships.com

http://www.scholarshipexperts.com

http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com

http://justjobs.com/

http://www.latpro.com/

NVCC Foundation Scholarships

NVCC Foundation Scholarships

Foundation scholarships are listed below grouped by Academic Division.

If you are interested in additional information or you would like to apply to any of these scholarships and/or awards, please contact:

Angela Chapman, Associate Dean of Development AChapman@nv.edu.

STEM Scholarships

STEM Scholarships:

Connecticut Horticultural Society Richard Jaynes Scholarship

Started in 2011, the CT Horticulture Society (CHS) Scholarship is awarded in recognition of outstanding student achievement in the field of horticulture.  Student must showcase a pattern of academic excellence and outreach with the practice. The CT Horticulture Society awards two scholarships. This scholarship is in honor of Richard Jaynes, the owner of Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT.  Award winners will be invited to West Hartford to be honored by the CT Horticultural Society during one of their monthly meetings. 

Award Criteria

  • Award is given to a returning or entering student majoring in Horticulture.
  • Applications will be reviewed and selected by the chair of the Horticulture Department and others as determined by the chair.

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Connecticut Horticultural Society Scholarship

Started in 2011, the CT Horticulture Society (CHS) Scholarship is awarded in recognition of outstanding student achievement in the field of horticulture.  Student must showcase a pattern of academic excellence and outreach with the practice. Award winner will be invited to West Hartford to be honored by the CT Horticultural Society during one of their monthly meetings. 

Award Criteria

  • Award is given to a returning or entering student majoring in Horticulture.
  • Applications will be reviewed and selected by the chair of the Horticulture Department and others as determined by the chair.

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NVCC Faculty Award for Excellence in Science

Awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in science. 

Award Criteria 

  • Upon review of application and transcripts, the Science Division faculty will select an award recipient based on the science courses taken and grades for each course.
  • Simple Application

Award Range

$200-$300

Download Application

NVCC Science Achievement Award

Awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in science. 

Award Criteria 

  • Upon review of application and transcripts, the Science Division faculty will select an award recipient based on the science courses taken and grades for each course.
  • Simple Application

Award Range

$200-$300

Download Application

Ralph J. Membrino, D.D.S., Memorial Scholarship

Ralph J. Membrino, D.D.S., Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2002, the Ralph J. Membrino Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife, Mrs. Emily Membrino and his family. Dr. Membrino was a well-known dentist in the city of Waterbury, practicing for over 45 years.  Emily Membrino is a Mattatuck Community College alumna of the class of 1976 and a founding member of the Alumni Association. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has maintained high academic proficiency in math or science and is pursuing a career in the dental or medical field.                

Scholarship Criteria 

  • Candidates can either be full or part time students and either a returning or graduating student.
  • Scholarship applicants must have maintained high academic proficiency in mathematics or science.
  • Student must be pursuing a career in the dental or medical field.

Award Range

$250-$400

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Scott Lawrence Pond Science Award

The Scott Lawrence Pond Science Award was established on September 22, 1995 by his parents, Professors Emeriti Gloria Dibble Pond and J. Lawrence Pond, Woodbury, CT and was first awarded at Honors Night, 1995. Scott Pond was an enthusiastic high school science teacher academic achiever, geothermal researcher in Sweden, athlete, husband and father.  Scott’s parents named the Scholarship in memory of their son Scott who died in a 1993 skydiving accident while performing charity work.

Recipients for this scholarship are selected each spring based on academic promise in science and a demonstration of the “spirit of adventure” that led Scott Pond to embrace his love of skydiving as well as other exciting outdoor activities.

The award was endowed on October 18, 1999.

Award Criteria

To be eligible for the Scott Pond Science Award the candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Student recipient must be a Liberal Arts and Science student in good academic standing who intends to transfer to a four-year institution and who exhibits a spirit of adventure.
  • A student must have either completed or be enrolled in two courses in the physical sciences.
  • Preference is given to those students with a demonstrated financial need.

Award Range

$400-$750

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Henry J. Pronovost Memorial Scholarship Award

Originally established by the Mattatuck Foundation, this scholarship was to honor the memory of Henry (Hank) J. Pronovost, a distinguished, dedicated and well-respected professor of Mathematics at Mattatuck Community College. The scholarship was established for students who begin at the developmental level and go on to complete many college-level mathematics courses.

Award Criteria

  • Award will be given to a student graduating with an Associate of Arts degree who is continuing to a higher education program.
  • Graduate must have started a mathematics course in College Arithmetic or Elementary Algebra at NVCC and must have completed at least one of the following:  MAT 135, MAT 167, MAT 172.
  • A tiebreaker award will be determined in the following order:
    1. Total GPA in all mathematics courses taken at NVCC
    2. Total GPA in all course work
    3. Most semester hours of mathematics courses completed at NVCC
  • Mathematics Division will determine award recipient.
  • Simple Application

Award Range

$200-$300

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Siemon Manufacturing – John Brazee Scholarship

The John Brazee Scholarship, established by Siemon Manufacturing and first awarded in 2001 is given to a student pursuing a degree or certificate in the Manufacturing Technologies areas of study within the Engineering/Manufacturing Department.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Student currently enrolled full time at NVCC
  • Students enrolled in an Engineering or Manufacturing degree or certificate program at NVCC
  • Students demonstrating academic excellence and proficiency in Engineering or Manufacturing
  • Consideration is given for extracurricular activities and demonstrated need including family circumstances.
  • Second year scholarship consideration would be based on student’s first year performance and continued enrollment at NVCC.

Award Range

Up to three scholarships and $3000 per scholarship.

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Siemon Manufacturing – Robert Knickerbocker Scholarship

The Robert Knickerbocker Scholarship, established by Siemon Manufacturing and first awarded in 2001, is given to a student pursuing a degree or certificate in the Engineering areas of study focused on engineering disciplines including product design and technician positions related to testing, quality and technical support.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Student currently enrolled full time at NVCC
  • Students enrolled in an Engineering degree or certificate program at NVCC.
  • Students demonstrating academic excellence and proficiency in Engineering.
  • Consideration is given for extracurricular activities and demonstrated need including family circumstances.
  • Second year scholarship consideration would be based on student’s first year performance and continued enrollment at NVCC.

Award Range

Up to three scholarships and $3000 per scholarship.

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Westport Garden Club Scholarship

Established in 2011, the Westport Garden Club Scholarship is awarded to a student with a passion for horticulture or landscape design, who demonstrates a determination to graduate and pursue a career in horticulture. The student must have a deep knowledge of and keen interest in promotion of native plants and sustainable landscaping practices.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Award is given to a returning or entering student majoring in Horticulture.
  • Applications will be reviewed and selected by the chair of the Horticulture Department and others as determined by the chair.

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The Waterbury Garden Club

The Waterbury Garden Club was started in 1934 by Dr. H. Warren Stevens. They are members of the Federated Gardens Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. Their aim is "to grow, to preserve and display what is good". Their permanent insignia is the gate of the former Welton Homestead, one of the first residences on Wolcott Street in Waterbury. The gate was stone cut and has been in existence since 1854.  The original woodcut of the design is now on display in the Mattatuck Museum.

Award Criteria

  • Candidate should be pursuing an AS in Horticulture or a Certificate in either Horticulture or Landscape Design.
  • There will be two awards granted by the Waterbury Garden Club.
  • The candidate must submit a one page essay answering the following questions:
    1. Why do you feel you should be awarded one of these scholarships?
    2. How did you become interested in plants, gardens or horticulture?
    3. What are your aspirations in the field of horticulture or landscaping?
  • The candidate should include any additional information in the essay pertinent to helping the scholarship committee determine the scholarship recipients.

Award Range

$500 for each scholarship

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Simsbury Garden Club Scholarship

The Simsbury Garden Club established a special scholarship fund to support students at two Connecticut state institutions: Naugatuck Valley Community College and UCONN.  They determined it would be preferable to give smaller scholarships to a greater number of students who may be struggling to cover costs to complete their program or would be able to complete their degree more quickly with assistance. The Garden Club also felt students may be able to cover the cost of tuition but have little left for costly textbooks and other fees.

The Simsbury Garden Club has secured scholarship funding for the 2018/2019 academic year through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as recommended by the Richard D. and Madeline F. (Lina) Wagner Fund.

Award Criteria

  • Student must be registered in the Horticulture Program.
  • Student must have completed at least 20 credits with a GPA of 3.5.
  • Student demonstrates need.
  • Student must be a resident of the State of Connecticut.
  • Preference is given to students who have done volunteer work in their area of study.

Award Range

$1000 for each scholarship

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Business Scholarships

Business Scholarships:

Automotive Technician Achievement Award

Originally established by Bridgestone/Firestone, this scholarship was intended to help develop a trained workforce.

Award Criteria

  • This scholarship is given to an outstanding automotive student.

Award Range

$500-$750 

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John Garrity Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, endowed in 1993 is awarded for academic achievement in accounting.

Scholarship Criteria

This is a merit based scholarship awarded on the following:

  • The student recipient must be an Accounting student in good academic standing, specifically having a 3.5 or higher overall GPA.
  • Student must be a graduating senior and hold the highest Accounting curriculum GPA.
  • Student must prove intent to transfer to a four year institution continuing to major in Accounting.
  • Simple Application

Award Range

$250-$400 

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The Carolyn P. Zaza Memorial Endowed Scholarship – Special Award

This endowed award, was established in 2001 to honor Carolyn P. Zaza, an honors graduate of Mattatuck Community College. Ms. Zaza served as the President of the College Alumni Association for a number of years and was a productive, vibrant leader in the college’s alumni affairs. In addition to serving on the Alumni Association, Ms. Zaza was the President of the Nutmeg Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and was named Women of the Year for the chapter. She was active in numerous community, education and civic organizations, generously offering her leadership throughout the community.

Friends of Ms. Zaza, shocked by her sudden death, believed a scholarship in her memory would serve as a fitting tribute and would contribute to the education of future deserving students of business.

Scholarship Criteria

  • This is a merit based scholarship to recognize:
  • Academic achievement in an NVCC Business Program.
  • Involvement in Campus Activities and/or Community Service.
  • Two awards given annually: one to a female student and one to a male student.

Award Range for each scholarship

$500-$750

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The Waterbury Institute of Management Accountants Scholarship Fund

Awarded to an Accounting major who is actively involved in campus-wide activities, engaged in community service and participated over and above in course requirements.

Award Criteria

  • A graduating student that has maintained at least a 3.2 GPA or a returning student scheduled to graduate in the following academic year with at least a 3.6 GPA.
  • A student who has actively participated in accounting and business related college activities (e.g. Accounting/Legal/Finance (ALF) Club, Alpha Beta Gamma, etc.).
  • A student who has actively participated in campus wide activities (e.g. President’s Circle, Student Government, etc.).
  • A student who is actively engaged in community service and activities over and above course requirements.
  • A student who has completed at least half of their courses towards a degree at NVCC.

Award Range

$500-$750

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Allied Health and Nursing Scholarships

Allied Health and Nursing:

Edith R. and Ronald O. Fontaine Memorial Scholarship

Starting in 1998, this award was established by David Fontaine to honor the memory of his parents, Edith and Ronald Fontaine. His mother Edith taught at the college for many years. This scholarship is awarded to a beginning second year nursing student selected by the Nursing Faculty.  

Scholarship Criteria

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to:

  • A beginning second year NVCC nursing student.
  • Student must demonstrate excellence and compassion in clinical practice.
  • Student must maintain above average performance in nursing theory and commitment to the nursing profession.
  • Student will be selected by the Nursing Faculty.

Award Range

$500-$750

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Naugatuck Valley Community College Nursing Faculty Award in memory of Mary C. Islieb

Established in 1993 as a class gift for scholarship funds, this award in memory of Mary C. Islieb, is given to a student selected by the NVCC nursing faculty for above average achievement in nursing theory, excellence in nursing practice, a professional attitude, ethical standards and participation in community activities.      

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a graduating nursing student who has applied and been accepted to a BSN program.
  • Recommended by Nursing Division.
  • A review committee made up from the Nursing Division will be assembled to review candidates.

Award Range

$250-400

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NVCC Nursing Faculty Award in Memory of Charles B. Kinney

Awarded to a student selected by the NVCC Nursing Faculty for above average achievement in nursing theory and excellence in clinical practice. 

Award Criteria

  • Nursing Student.
  • A review committee made up from the Nursing Division will be assembled to review candidates and make selections.

Award Range

$250-400

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The Johanna Quint-DeMagistris Memorial Scholarship

Johanna Quint-DeMagistris was a loving and caring women who loved life and her family. She was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s’ Lymphoma in November 2010. She was strong, a true fighter, and battled her cancer for 3 ½ years. As quoted by her wonderful oncologist, “she had an indomitable spirit, what I call the eye of the tiger.” Just before her passing she told me how she too wanted to be a nurse, something that I had never known. My dear mother passed on February 16, 2014 during the last semester of nursing school. She wasn’t there to see me walk across the stage, but she will live in my heart forever. This scholarship was created in her memory in 2015, to remind everyone that no matter what obstacles you may face in life, be strong, stay focused, and you can accomplish anything. Always follow your dreams, whatever they may be.

- Angelika Dunn, RN, Graduating Class of 2014

The Johanna Quint-DeMagistris Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a senior nursing student who demonstrates determination, care and devotion to the nursing profession. The student must maintain a high GPA and will continue onto a Bachelor of Science award in Nursing. 

Scholarship Criteria

  • Awarded to a nursing student in their senior year.
  • Student needs to be 30 years of age or older.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applying to a Bachelor of Science Degree in a nursing program upon graduation.

Award Range

$500-$750

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Renee Rossi Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Renee Rossi Memorial Scholarship was established by Renee’s family and supported by funds raised through NVCC Nursing Clubs and Nursing Class Gifts.  This Scholarship is awarded to four (4) nursing students in good academic standing who demonstrate determination, caring and devotion to the nursing profession.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Student must be a full-time or part-time continuing Nursing student at NVCC.
  • Student must demonstrate determination, caring, and devotion to the nursing profession.
  • Student must demonstrate academic achievement.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need.
  • A review committee made up from the Nursing Division will be assembled to review candidates.

Award Range for each scholarship

$500-$750

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The Sandra Sharron Memorial Scholarship

Sandra Lee Sharron was a mother of two and a nursing student in 1993, when at age 27 she suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrhage, a condition from which her older sister had previously suffered. Sandra’s desire to help others and provide for her family is the basis for the memorial scholarship. Established in 1999, this endowed scholarship is awarded to a student preparing for career in nursing or allied health who has demonstrated overall excellence in his/her field of study.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Recipient is to be a nursing student OR in any related medical/healthcare program at NVCC. Applicants must have:
  • Completed a minimum of three (3) applicable courses in nursing, medical/health care or related area to be considered. (Please list courses in application)
  • One or more letters of recommendation from instructors or professionals in a field related to your field of study.
  • Transcripts of all applicable grades.
  • State as to whether you are a PTK member on the Application.
  • Weights for the components of each application:
    • Personal Statement                            40%
    • Letters of Recommendation              25%
    • Grade Points                                        30%
    • PTK Membership*                               5%
    • *not needed – selection is slightly weighted in favor of PTK Membership

Award Range

$500-$750

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The Sandi M. Stephens Memorial Scholarship

The Sandi M. Stephens Memorial Scholarship was established by the NVCC Nursing faculty, the Class of 2012 and the Class of 2013 in honor of Sandi Stephens, a 2002 graduate of the NVCC Nursing Program. Sandi continued her education and achieved magna cum laude as a 2008 graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a BS in Nursing.  As Sandi was pursuing her Master’s Degree in nursing she was diagnosed with cancer. As a new graduate, she worked on the oncology unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury and continued her career as a supervisor for a group home agency. Sandi was recognized by coworkers, family and friends as a high achiever and top-flight nurse. Sandi quietly passed away in 2011 surrounded by family. She was 44 years old. 

Scholarship Criteria

There are two scholarships available:

  • One for a graduating nursing student pursuing a BSN.
  • One to a returning nursing student.
  • Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement in nursing theory and practice coupled with a commitment to the nursing profession and pursuing a BSN degree.
  • Chosen by Nursing Division and awarded to a student who best exemplifies Sandi M. Stephens high standards of achievement.
  • A review committee made up from the Nursing Division will be assembled to review candidates.

Award Range for each scholarship

$500-$750

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Marilyn Meltzer Eslami Scholarship

The Marilyn Meltzer Eslami Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund has been designated to provide financial support to high performing female students, preferably single mothers, who are enrolled at NVCC and are pursuing a career in allied health.

The fund was established with a generous donation from the trustees of the Marilyn Eslami Trust. The donation reflects Marilyn Eslami’s lifelong example of community service in the care of others. Ms. Eslami’s many accomplishments include her tenure as the first woman to hold the seat as City of Waterbury Planning Commissioner, a founder of Crime Stoppers of Waterbury, past president of the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Hospital since 1976. 

In addition to many other board appointments and fundraising efforts, her role as President of the Auxiliary to the Connecticut State Medical Society helped get a mandatory seat belt law passed for drivers in the State of Connecticut.   

Scholarship Criteria

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to:

  • Female students enrolled in the college pursuing a career in Allied Heath.
  • Preference being given to those who are single mothers.

Award Range

$500-750

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Exchange Club of Waterbury - Mary Islieb Nursing Scholarship

In 1995 the Exchange Club of Waterbury made an offer to honor Mrs. Isleib by establishing a scholarship in her name.  Per correspondence from the Exchange Club:

We believe the criteria below best exemplifies the philosophy of education and service Mrs. Isleib espoused.

This award is presented to the student selected by faculty who demonstrates above average achievement in nursing theory and practice, who demonstrates a professional attitude and ethical behavior, and who has applied and been accepted into a Bachelor of Science Nursing Program.”

Scholarship Criteria

  • Awarded to a graduating nursing student who has applied and been accepted to a BSN program.
  • Chosen by Nursing Division and awarded to a student who best exemplifies Mrs. Isleib’s philosophy of education and service.
  • A review committee made up from the Nursing Division will be assembled to review candidates.

Award Range

$250-400

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Mari-jean Morelli Nursing Endowed Scholarship

Established in January 2018, this endowed scholarship was created through a generous donation from Mari-jean Morelli, a graduate of the NVCC Nursing program and a former nurse at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

Scholarship Criteria

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to:

  • An NVCC student enrolled in the Nursing Program.
  • The student must be a single mother.
  • The student must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • The Donor will review application packages and select scholarship recipient.

Award Range

$500-750

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Liberal Arts/Behavioral Social Science Scholarships

Liberal Arts/Behavioral Social Science Scholarships:

The Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholarship

The Behavioral and Social Science Division Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student who wishes to continue undergraduate studies in Behavioral or Social Sciences at an accredited college or university.

Scholarship Criteria

  • The Candidate must be a full or part time student enrolled at NVCC and must have completed at least 12 (twelve) credits with a B or better in the Behavioral and Social Sciences in fulfillment of the graduation requirements.
  • Must be graduating from NVCC.
  • Must have a letter of admission from an accredited college or university.
  • Include a personal 150-250 word essay on “The importance of one of the Behavioral and Social SciencesAnthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

Award Range

$500-750

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Rachel D’Avino Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Rachel D’Avino and her dream of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Rachel was one of the young, gifted, beautiful women killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She began her Human Service studies at NVCC. Her family is committed to keeping her dream alive and helping others who are pursuing their Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate. 

Scholarship Criteria

  • Award will go to a current NVCC student.
  • The student should have completed Psy258.
  • Preference is given to a student pursuing a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis who is in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and has completed nine (9) or more credits.
  • A graduating student must be planning on attending a 4 year program where the award will be transferred for the following semester.
  • The award for a returning student will be directed to the student account.

Award Range

$500-750

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Ann Jaynes Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2000. The award is given to a highly motivated student for scholarship, leadership and significant contribution to NVCC.  

Scholarship Criteria

  • Student must have:
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Completed at least 3 Arts and Humanities courses (Comm 101 is essential).
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and be highly motivated.
  • Contributed to NVCC by being a member of an organized, on campus activity.

Award Range

$150-$300

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The Charles B. Kinney Memorial Scholarship

The Charles B. Kinney Memorial Scholarship

In 1995 this scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Charles B. Kinney, Jr., the first President of Mattatuck Community College. The fund was started his wife and their children in memory of Dr. Kinney.

Scholarship Criteria

  • This scholarship is awarded to a full or part time student with a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • The student must have contributed to the college and/or community. 
  • The student must be pursuing a career in public service or a helping profession.
  • The student must demonstrate economic need.

Award Range

$500-750

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The Ruth Ann Leever Memorial Scholarship

Established by Naugatuck Valley Community College President, Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, to honor the memory of Ruth Ann Leever.  The scholarship is presented to a student who has shown excellence in the pursuit of Orchestral Music.  Ruth Ann was passionate about the orchestral music and made a significant mark on our music and arts community through her life of remarkable philanthropy.  Her family shared with the college that “she was the choir director and organist at the First Church of Bethlehem UCC and the First Congregational Church in Watertown for over five decades; she often walked over two miles to and from organ practice.”

Although she avoided the limelight, her love for music was the inspiration for the Fine Arts Center atrium at Naugatuck Valley Community College and many other music education programs in Litchfield and New Haven counties.  She was an avid supporter of musicians and initiated many programs, including a series of music scholarships at the College, designed to inspire a love for orchestral music in young people and further their practice and performance.  She actively served on the Board of Directors of the Leever Foundation and the Waterbury Symphony.    

This scholarship is currently funded by the Ruth Ann Leever Endowment Fund.

Scholarship Criteria

  • This scholarship is presented to a student who has shown excellence in music.

Award Range

$500-750

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Gerald Melito Arts and Humanities Scholarship

This award was established in 1997 and endowed in 2011 to honor Gerald Melito, Professor of French and Spanish who had a love for languages and theater. During his tenure he founded the International Society and took NVCC students and faculty to New York City for many theater experiences.  This scholarship established in Professor Melito’s memory is awarded to a graduating student who has excelled in modern language, drama and/or literature and is transferring to a four-year college.

Scholarship Criteria

  • The candidate must submit an essay of 250 word maximum on the following topic: “How has NVCC prepared me for a lifetime of learning?”                                          
  • The candidate must be a full-time or part-time graduating student at NVCC with a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Candidate must intend to transfer to a four-year college.
  • The candidate must have successfully completed the following with 3.0 G{A or above:
    • Two modern language courses or
    • Two Theater Arts/Film courses or
    • Combination of the two and one literature course.
  • A review committee made up of Arts and Humanities Faculty shall be appointed by the Arts and Humanities Division Director.

Award Range

$500-750

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Heather Marie Raro Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2009 in memory of Human Services student Heather Raro. It is awarded to a continuing NVCC Human Services Student who has demonstrated academic success and has been an active member of the Human Services Club.

Scholarship Criteria

  • The student must be a continuing Human Services Major.
  • The student must demonstrate academic success.
  • The student must be active in the Human Services Club.
  • Simple Application

Award Range

$200-$350

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Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Scholarship

The Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Scholarship was established by her family in 1995 in memory of Melanie, a human service student murdered in 1994. The award is given to a student with the highest academic achievement in the concentration of social work with plans to transfer to a four year institution.

Award Criteria

The student considered most deserving of the scholarship: 

  • Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in the field of Human Services.
  • Must be graduating from NVCC.
  • Must demonstrate a special aptitude, sensitivity and leadership in the helping profession.
  • Must have been accepted for admission to a program in the Human Services area in a four-year college.
  • Award will be transferred to the four-year college
  • Simple Application

Award Range

$250-$400

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The Dorothy Witmer Kinney Memorial Scholarship

In 1995 this scholarship was established in memory of Dorothy Witmer Kinney, wife of Charles B. Kinney, Jr. The fund was started by their children in memory of their parents who were committed to creating opportunities for all students to pursue higher education.

Award Criteria

  • This scholarship is awarded to a continuing NVCC student who is in a course of study leading to a career in public service or a helping profession.
  • The student must be in good academic standing.

Award Range

$500-750

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General/Misc Scholarships

General/Misc Scholarships:

Colonel John G. Chiarella, Sr. Memorial Award

Established in 2016, President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis, Ph.D. created this award to honor the memory and service of Colonel John G. Chiarella Senior.  Colonel Chiarella graduated from Wilby High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of UCONN where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. 

After an illustrious career in the military he was honorably discharged in 1982. He was a lecturer and Judge at West Point, Trustee for the Connecticut Veterans Affairs Office and chaired the Veterans Memorial Committee in Waterbury for 25 years. Colonel Chiarella was a long-time friend and supporter of Naugatuck Valley Community College, presenting the Color Guard at the College’s commencements for many years as well as serving as a past secretary of the College advisory board.

Award Criteria

  • This award is given to a student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.

Award Range

$500-$750

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The Christopher Love Memorial Scholarship

This Scholarship was established in 1993 in memory of Christopher Love, a native of Waterbury and a Naugatuck Valley Community College graduate and Minority Fellow. He was both a social worker and a community activist and was killed tragically while attempting to prevent violence at a Halloween party for children that he was attending. The Scholarship is given to an outstanding continuing African-American NVCC student who and is funded through contributions from community members and NVCC employees.

Award Criteria

  • This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding African-American student continuing his/her education.

Award Range

$250-$400

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Liberty Bank Foundation Scholarship

The Liberty Bank Foundation is providing two - one year scholarships to students in the Liberty Bank service area.  The scholarships are intended to provide financial support to outstanding community college students with financial need who are enrolling as full time students at NVCC’s Waterbury Campus and who are residents of the following towns in Liberty Bank’s Service area: Beacon Falls, Derby, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Shelton, Seymour, Southbury or Waterbury. Scholarship will be paid over two semesters.

Award Criteria

Students will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Students living in the Beacon Falls, Derby, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Shelton, Seymour, Southbury or Waterbury and enrolled at NVCC’s Waterbury Campus. 
  • Demonstrated financial need (Expected Family Contribution must be less than $2,000).
  • Students must be taking a full course load and earning a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Student must demonstrate participation in extracurricular and community activities.
  • Student agrees to submit update report at the end of each semester which will be included in the Foundation report to Liberty Bank.  Student report information will include: Name, Town of Residence, GPA, and #of credits taken during scholarship period, course of study and career goal.

Award Range

$1000 for each scholarship

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Family Economic Security Program Transfer Scholarship

The FESP (Family Economic Security Program) scholarship is an opportunity offered through the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to two female students graduating from NVCC this May that reside in Fairfield County and meet the following criteria:

Award Criteria

  • Female
  • Minimum GPA 3.0.
  • Continue their education at an accredited 4-year institution and register for a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester.
  • Resident of Fairfield County.

Award Range

Up to $5,000 in a scholarship grant, per year, for 2 years

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President to President

President to President Scholarships

Naugatuck Valley Community College is currently accepting applications for the following President to President Scholarships:
  • Central CT State University ($3,000 scholarship)
  • Charter Oak State College ($2,000 scholarship - $1,000 Fall/$1,000 Spring)
  • Eastern CT State University ($5,000/$2,500 scholarship if commuting)
  • Southern CT State University ($3,000 scholarship)
  • Western CT State University (full tuition for 2 years scholarship)
  • University of Hartford ($21,000 renewable scholarship)
Additional University Scholarship for NVCC Graduates:
  • University of CT Waterbury ($2,000 scholarship)
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

Central Connecticut State University: ($3,000 scholarship)

  • Plan to attend CCSU as a full-time student (12 credits) Fall 2018
  • Graduate NVCC in 2018 with an Associate Degree and a GPA of 3.0
  • Must submit an application for admission to CCSU by April 1, 2018
  • Scholarship is subject to renewal
Charter Oak State College: ($2,000 scholarship- $1,000 Fall/$1,000 Spring)
  • Plan to attend Charter Oak State College and enroll in a minimum of six credits per semester in both fall and spring.
  • Graduate NVCC in 2018 with an Associate Degree and a GPA of 2.7
  • Must submit an application for admission to Charter Oak State College by May 1, 2018
  • Scholarship is subject to renewal
  • Must maintain a GPA of 2.5
  • Must be continuously enrolled (excluding summers)
  • Requires a one page essay “How will an online Bachelor’s degree help you to achieve your goals?”
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY - Continued Eastern Connecticut State University: ($5,000 scholarship for students living on campus /$2,500 scholarship for students who are commuting)
  • President-to-President scholars who are planning to live on campus receive a total award of $5,000 ($4,000 transfer merit scholarship and $1,000 award for the President-to-President award)
  • President-to-President scholars who are planning to commute receive a total award of $2,500 ($2,000 transfer merit scholarship and $500 award for the President-to-President award)
  • Plan to attend ECSU as a full time student(12 credits) in Fall 2018
  • Graduate NVCC in 2018 with an Associate Degree and a 3.75 GPA
  • Must submit an application for admission to ECSU by April 1, 2018
  • Scholarship and award are subject to renewal for an additional year if the student meets the stated requirements.
Southern Connecticut State University: ($3,000 scholarship)
  • Plan to attend SCSU as a full time student (12 credits) in Fall 2018
  • Graduate NVCC in 2018 with an Associate Degree and a 3.2 GPA
  • Must submit an application for admission to SCSU by April 1, 2018
  • Scholarship is subject to renewal
Western Connecticut State University: (Full, in-state tuition & fees for two years)
  • Plan to attend WCSU as a full-time student(12 credits) in Fall 2018
  • Graduate NVCC in 2018 with an Associate Degree and a 3.3 GPA
  • Student is a citizen of the United States
  • Must submit an application for admission to WCSU by April 1, 2018
  • Scholarship is subject to renewal
University of Hartford: ($21,000 renewable scholarship)
  • Plan to attend University of Hartford as a full time student (12 credits) for the Fall 2018
  • Graduate NVCC in 2018 with an Associate Degree and a 3.3 GPA
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Must submit an application for admission to University of Hartford by April 1, 2018
  • Scholarship is subject to renewal
University of Connecticut Waterbury: ($2,000 scholarship)
  • Plan to attend UCONN Waterbury as a full time student (12 credits) in Fall 2018
  • Graduate NVCC in 2018 with an Associate Degree and a 3.2 GPA
  • Must submit an application for admission to UCONN Waterbury by April 1, 2018

Email Angela Chapman in the Development Office or call her at @ 203-575-8208 for details regarding this opportunity.


How to Submit an Application/Portfolio

Each applicant must submit a portfolio which includes: (only one copy is required)

  • Autobiographical cover page-writing sample
  • Resume
  • Unofficial NVCC transcript
  • Essay (if required)
  • One letter of recommendation (preferably an academic letter from faculty)
  • List of clubs and organizations (college and community) you belonged to while at NVCC
  • Any other relevant information you would like the committee to consider
  • List of President to President Scholarship university(s) you would like to apply for and a confirmation receipt(s) of admissions application(s) to scholarship university(s)

If you are interested in applying for the University of CT Waterbury Scholarship, contact Angela Chapman or call her at 203-575-8208 for details regarding this opportunity. 


All PORTFOLIOS MUST BE BROUGHT TO ROOM K720 BY 5:00 pm on February 26, 2018 TO BE CONSIDERED.
LATE PORTFOLIOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

For more information contact Angela Chapman, Associate Dean of Development or call her at 203-575-8208.

**All students must apply and be accepted to the university(s) prior to receiving a scholarship.

More scholarships available

More Scholarships Available:

  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Paid Summer Internship Program. Are you looking for an opportunity to receive valuable work experience through a paid internship this summer? The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is seeking applicants for its 2018 Internship Program. Receive valuable work experience, receive paid round-trip airfare, housing arrangement assistance, professional development, networking, and more! Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Deadline to apply: February 16, 20108. Apply today: www.hacu.net/hnip.
  • Eversource Energy will be awarding a scholarship to a new full-time student, majoring in Electronic Engineering Technology, entering Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) in the Fall of 2018. A $2000 scholarship will be applied toward tuition ($500 per semester for four semesters - providing that the student achieves a grade of ‘C’ or better in all required courses). Students considered for this scholarship must be eligible to take College Algebra (MAT172) and English Composition (ENG101) as per the College Placement Test or SAT scores.Interested applicants please email Deirdre D’Amore (203-575-8014, Technology Hall Room T619) for a scholarship application packet. Deadline to apply: rolling through beginning of Fall 2018 semester.
  • AES Engineers is offering one scholarship to all students, regardless of their field of study. To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on the AES Engineers website. The scholarship recipient will be selected on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted. Amount of award: $500.00. Deadline for entry: October 6, 2018.
  • 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 cjpco@nv.edu).
  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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