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Nearly $1 Million in Scholarship Opportunities Announced By Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

By Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

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Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is investing in the future of the region with their extensive scholarship initiative. Cyrus Brown was a proud scholarship fund recipient in 2018. For more information on how to apply for a scholarship or how to create one go to (contributed photo)
Norwalk, CT - Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is the largest provider of college scholarships in the region. This year, close to $1 million will be awarded to more than 450 Fairfield County High School seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students to jumpstart their path to success. These awards range from $500 to $8,000 and some of the scholarships are even renewable. Since the Community Foundation Scholarship Program was established in 1992, over $9 million has been awarded.

With over 175 scholarships to choose from, students applying to two- and four-year educational institutions and for technical certificate programs may qualify for any number of opportunities. Scholarships through FCCF are available for high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students residing in Bridgeport; Easton; Fairfield; Monroe; Milford; Shelton; Stratford; Trumbull and Westport. There is an online application at The application deadline is March 21, 2019.

In addition to the numerous scholarships listed at FCCF 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 websites or contact their guidance departments for additional information about current Fairfield County’s Community Foundation scholarships available and instructions on how to apply. 
According to FCCF Scholarship Fund recipient Cyrus Brown, “As a first-generation college student, an FCCF scholarship was my first step to higher education. I was motivated to study hard and do great things so I could show donors and the Community Foundation that their generosity is helping me achieve my hopes and dreams.” This past May, Cyrus Brown graduated from UCONN with a BS in Exercise Science and is now working toward his doctorate at Howard University.

One of the highlighted scholarships this year for students in good standing is the Magnus Wahlstrom Leadership Award for students with high academic scores who are notably recognized for social leadership and community service. Applicants for this award must show a passion for learning and a deep interest in continued education with plans to attend a 4-year college or university. There will be one student selected for this award and it is renewable.

Another scholarship option is the Greater Bridgeport Area Scholarship for students who will graduate with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. Applicants may be planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college or university or be enrolled in a vocational or certificate program. There will be several students selected for this award.

“The Community Foundation’s vision is to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County by eliminating disparities in income, education, employment, housing and health. A major step in that direction is finding resources to pay for higher education,” stated Juanita T. James, CEO & President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “We encourage Fairfield County students to dream big and apply for these scholarships! We have a vast array of awards available through the generosity of our 160+ fundholders who are investing in improving lives for all of Fairfield County. Together, we can make your future and the future of our community brighter.”

By creating an opportunity for all students to pursue degrees that can lead to meaningful careers with their extensive scholarship funding, the Community Foundation is committed to foster a vital and inclusive community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

Take the time to determine what scholarships you may qualify for and find out how to apply. Contact your school’s guidance department and go to the Community Foundation’s website.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s goal to build a stronger community while promoting philanthropy as a means to create lasting change in Fairfield County is exemplified by its scholarship initiative. If you are interested giving someone the opportunity to pursue their dream by establishing a scholarship at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, please contact Kristy Jelenik at 203.750.3200.

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