Scholarships
Helpful Hints

Scholarships

Throughout the year, the Financial Aid Office receives information on available scholarship opportunities listed below. In addition to this page, the information is posted on the bulletin board outside of the Financial Aid Office in Kinney Hall Room K513. You can stop by our office for more information. 

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.
NVCC Foundation Scholarships

NVCC Foundation Scholarships

NVCC Foundation scholarship applications are available annually in the spring and awarded in May at the annual NVCC Honors Night Ceremony.  The deadline to submit 2021 scholarship applications is Friday, March 5, 2021.

All Foundation Scholarship applications are available online and grouped by Division.  Please be sure to review the award criteria and requirements prior to completing an application.

If you require additional information regarding NVCC Foundation scholarships, please contact Angela Chapman, Associate Dean of Development.

Allied Health and Nursing Scholarships

Allied Health and Nursing:

Access Rehabilitation Center Scholarship

The Access Rehabilitation Center scholarship was established in 2020 to support students, especially minorities, in the NVCC PTA program.   

Scholarship Criteria

  • Enrolled in the NVCC PTA program. 
  • 3.0minimum GPA 
  • Minority students are encouraged to apply
  • Up to 5 scholarships awarded

Award range
 up to $500.00

Application to the Access Rehabilitation Center Scholarship

Edith R. and Roland O. Fontaine Memorial Scholarship

Starting in 1998, this award was established by David Fontaine to honor the memory of his parents, Edith and Roland 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

up to $500

Application for Edith R. and Roland O. Fontaine Memorial Scholarship

Exchange Club of Waterbury Scholarship in Memory of Mary Islieb

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

up to $250

Application for Exchange Club of Waterbury Scholarship in Memory of Mary Islieb

Marilyn Meltzer Eslami Endowed 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

up to $500

Application for Marilyn Meltzer Eslami Endowed Scholarship

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.

Award Range

up to $500

Application for Mari-jean Morelli Nursing Endowed Scholarship

Mari-jean Morelli Nursing General Scholarship

Established in 2019, this 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 have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Award Range

Up to $500

Application for Mari-jean Morelli Nursing General Scholarship

 

Naugatuck Valley Community College 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

up to $250

Application for NVCC Nursing Faculty Award in Memory of Charles B. Kinney

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

up to $250

Application for NVCC Nursing Faculty Award in memory of Mary C. Islieb

The Neil M. Lindenman, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

Through a fund established in 2005, the family of Dr. Neil Lindenman will award two scholarships to students pursuing a career in the nursing/ allied health caring professions. Dr. Lindenman was a prominent ENT physician and surgeon who established his practice in the Waterbury area to meet the needs of the community. He was an attending physician at St. Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital Health Center for 23 years. He was an accomplished lifelong athlete and had a bold adventurous spirit. He lived his life with the joyful determination and dedication to both medicine and the strong friendships he made in the community.

Awarded to two nursing or allied health students who have shown a strong academic standing, outstanding personal traits, demonstrates compassion in clinical practice and a dedication to a career of caring for others.

Scholarship Criteria

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

  • An NVCC student enrolled and continuing in a Fall 2021 Nursing or an Allied Health Program. 
  • A student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
  • A student who can demonstrate financial need and a demeanor as a kind citizen in this community. 

Submit a personal statement/essay.  Please make sure to answer the following questions in your personal statement/essay:

  • What are your personal and/or professional goals?  
  • What do you plan on doing with your Nursing or Allied Health degree? 
  • Discuss ways in which you have demonstrated kindness and/or compassion in your clinical practice.
  • Discuss your financial need. 

Award Range
Up to $1800

Application for The Neil M. Lindenman, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

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 a nursing student in good academic standing who has demonstrated 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 

up to $200

Application for Renee Rossi Memorial Nursing Scholarship

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

up to $500

Application for The Sandra Sharron Memorial Scholarship

The Sandi M. Stephens Memorial Award

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.
 

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a graduating nursing student who has applied and been accepted to a BSN program.
  • Student must demonstrate high academic achievement in nursing theory and practice coupled with a commitment to the nursing profession and pursuing a BSN degree.
  • Student will be chosen by a review committee from the Nursing Division and will be awarded to the student who best exemplifies Sandi M. Stephens high standards of achievement.

Award Range
up to $375

Application for the Sandi M. Stephens Memorial Award

The Waterbury Medical Association Scholarship

The Waterbury Medical Association Scholarship was established in 2020 to provide scholarships for second-year nursing students at Naugatuck Valley Community College with no regard to race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.

Scholarship Criteria:

The student must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarship award:

  • A current NVCC student who has completed their first year in the NVCC Nursing program.
  • A student who can demonstrate significant financial need.
  • A student who exhibits high motivation.
  • A resident of the Greater Waterbury area.
  • High scholastic performance, while desirable, is not essential.

Award Range:

up to $2,000
 

Application for The Waterbury Medical Association Scholarship

Business Scholarships

Business Scholarships:

The Carolyn P. Zaza Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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 are given annually: one to a female student and one to a male student.

Award Range for each scholarship

up to $500

Application for the Carolyn P. Zaza Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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.

Short application to fill out.

Award Range

up tp $250 

Application for the John Garrity Memorial Scholarship

Mari-jean Morelli Public Safety Scholarship

Established in 2019, this 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. This scholarship is to support students interested in a career in public safety and currently studying Criminal Justice, Cyber Security or Fire Safety.

Scholarship Criteria

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

  • An NVCC student enrolled in a Criminal Justice, Cyber Security or Fire Safety Program.
  • The student must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Award Range

Up to $500

Application for the Mari-jean Morelli Public Safety Scholarship

Liberal Arts/Behavioral Social Science Scholarships

Liberal Arts/Behavioral Social Science Scholarships:

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.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and be highly motivated.
  • Contributed to NVCC by being a member of an organized, on-campus activity.

Award Range

$100

Application for the Ann Jaynes Memorial Scholarship

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

up to $500

Application for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholarship

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

up to $500

Application for the Charles B. Kinney Memorial Scholarship

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

up to $500

Rachel D’Avino Memorial Scholarship

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

up to $500

Application for the Dorothy Witmer Kinney Memorial Scholarship

Early Childhood Education Scholarship

The Early Childhood Education Scholarship is funded by the Kids on Campus Endowment. These scholarships are awarded to NVCC students studying Early Childhood Education with the purpose of providing financial support.

Scholarship Criteria

  • An NVCC student studying Early Childhood Education.
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing.

Award Range

up to $500

Application for the Early Childhood Education Scholarship

Gerald F. Melito Memorial Arts and Humanities Endowed 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.
  • The candidate must intend to transfer to a four-year college.
  • The candidate must have successfully completed the following with 3.0 GPA 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

up to $500

Application for the Gerald F. Melito Memorial Arts and Humanities Endowed Scholarship

 

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

up to $500

Application for the Ruth Ann Leever Memorial Scholarship

Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Endowed 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

Award Range

up to $250

Applications for the Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Endowed Scholarship

STEM Scholarships

STEM Scholarships:

ASML’s Women in Manufacturing Scholarship

Established in 2020, this scholarship was created through a generous donation from ASML to support women entering the field of manufacturing. ASML is a leader in the semiconductor industry whose purpose is to unlock the potential of people and society by pushing technology to new limits. ASML believes that technology can be a force for good in the world.

Scholarship Criteria

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarship award:

  • New or continuing women students in the NVCC Manufacturing program.
  • Students must exhibit high motivation to complete the NVCC Manufacturing program.
  • New students must demonstrate personal and/or professional goals that align with the NVCC Manufacturing program.
  • Continuing students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Students must submit a personal statement/essay 
  • Agree to a post-graduation interview to discuss career plans.

Award Range

 up to $3,750

Application for the ASML’s Women in Manufacturing Scholarship

The Charles E. Pagano, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

In 2019 Charles E. Pagano, Jr. Endowed Scholarship established a scholarship to support students who are continuing their studies at NVCC and majoring in one of the STEM disciplines. Mr. Pagano, an alumni of NVCC and former executive of ESPN, is committed to creating opportunities for NVCC students to achieve their Higher Education goals.

Award Criteria

Student(s) must be: 

  • Continuing at NVCC in the Fall semester
  • Majoring in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)
  • In good academic standing
  • Able to demonstrate examples of their practice of leadership

Award Range:

Up to $500

Application for the Charles E. Pagano, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

The Emerson Scholarship

Emerson has made it their mission to support and inspire the next generation of innovators. In 2019 Emerson established the Emerson Scholarship to support students, especially women and minorities, majoring in Engineering.

Award Criteria

  • A returning NVCC student majoring in Engineering.
  • Student with a 3.0 GPA or above. 
  • Donor strongly encourages minority and/or female students to apply for this scholarship.

Award Range

Up to $1500

The Emerson Scholarship

Scott Lawrence Pond Memorial Scholarship

The Scott Lawrence Pond Memorial Scholarship 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.

Defining a “spirit of adventure” will be different for everyone and should be viewed in the context of your personal circumstances. It means a willingness to try new things, take risks and breaking away from the routine. Stepping into an unknown, breaking away from tradition, and pushing yourself to do things outside your comfort zone and to see things from a different vantage point all contribute to a life of adventure.

The award was endowed on October 18, 1999.

Award Criteria

To be eligible for the Scott Lawrence Pond Memorial Scholarship 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

up to $1000

Application for the Scott Lawrence Pond Memorial Award

Siemon Manufacturing – John Brazee Endowed Scholarship

The John Brazee Endowed 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 or part 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.

Application for the Siemon Manufacturing – John Brazee Endowed Scholarship

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 or part 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.

Application for the Siemon Manufacturing – Robert Knickerbocker Scholarship

Waterbury Garden Scholarship

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". 

Award Criteria

  • Candidate should be pursuing an AS in Horticulture or a Certificate in either Horticulture or Landscape Design.
  • There will be more than one scholarship awarded 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

Up to $500

Application for the Waterbury Garden Scholarship

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.

Award Range:

Up to $400

Application for the Westport Garden Club Scholarship

 

 

General/Misc Scholarships

General/Misc Scholarships:

The Charles E. Pagano General Scholarship

In 2021 Charles E. Pagano, Jr. established a scholarship to support students who are continuing their studies at NVCC. Mr. Pagano, an alumni of NVCC and former executive of ESPN, is committed to creating opportunities for NVCC students to achieve their Higher Education goals. 

Award Criteria 

  • Student must meet a minimum 3.00 GPA. 
  • Residents of Greater Waterbury, first-generation and minority students are encouraged to apply 
  • Student must submit a one-page typed statement sharing why you believe you are deserving of this scholarship. 

Award amount 
Up to $500

Application for the Charles E. Pagano General Scholarship

The Christopher Love Memorial Endowed 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

up to $250

Application for the Christopher Love Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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

up to $500

Application of the Colonel John G. Chiarella, Sr. Memorial Award

The Cocco De Filippis Family Endowed Scholarship

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., NVCC President Emerita, established an endowment in 2020 to support students who are enrolled in the college, regardless of financial aid and immigration status.

  • Student must meet a minimum 3.00 GPA.
  • Student must demonstrate significant community or college service.
  • Student must submit a one-page typed statement sharing why you believe you are deserving of this scholarship.

Award Range

 up to $500

Application for the Cocco De Filippis Family Endowed Scholarship

The William and Mary Carew Scholarship Fund

Bill Carew established the William and Mary Carew Scholarship endowment fund in 2021 in memory of his parents William and Mary Carew, alumni of NVCC.  This scholarship will support students who are enrolled in the college.

Award Critera:

  • Student must be a working parent.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need.
  • Student must be from a group underrepresented in college completion.

Award Range

up to $500

Application for the William and Mary Carew Scholarship Fund

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities Outside NVCC:

TIPS:

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • The Connecticut Talent Assistance Cooperative (CONNTAC, Inc.) awards scholarships to CONNTAC participants. CONNTAC provides services to CT residents from low-income, first-generation educational backgrounds.  Services include helping students with their financial aid and scholarship search process, assisting with FAFSA completion and college admission applications, providing admissions application fee waivers (up to four) for participants who demonstrate financial need, etc. Please note, individuals must NOT be a client of another TRIO program within Connecticut. This includes any Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services or Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate programs. Eligibility to participate in CONNTAC is determined by the CONNTAC-Educational Opportunity Center Counselor.  Please contact Shanon Taunton, Educational Counselor at staunton@conntacinc.org or at 203-441–0723.  Or, to apply for assistance, please fill out the online form at:  https://www.conntacinc.org/intake-form-complete.
  • Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) is delighted to be able to offer scholarship opportunities ($1,000) to incoming freshmen students and college undergraduates. Please review the scholarship criteria carefully to see if you qualify. Please note, in order to determine eligibility for the CALAHE Scholarship, all applicants must demonstrate proof of financial need as determined by completing a FAFSA, or any alternative financial aid application provided to students who are not eligible to complete a FAFSA but would provide a means to determine financial need and establish eligibility for non-federal financial aid. If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA, please complete this form and read the additional information provided. Deadline:  Download the CALAHE application and submit it and the supporting documents no later than May 31, 2001.
  • 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 2021. A $2000 scholarship will be applied toward tuition ($500 per semester for four semesters - providing that the student completes the full-time required curriculum and achieves a grade of ‘C’ or better in all 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 Kristen Dagan McGee (kdaganmcgee@nv.edu) for a scholarship application packet. Deadline to apply: rolling through the beginning of Fall 2021 semester.
  • NVision Program is a scholars/scholarship program that supports academically-talented STEM students. Students enrolled in the NViSION program at NVCC are supported financially, academically, professionally, and socially. Support includes providing scholarships for the first two years at NVCC and access to a variety of STEM workshops, seminars, advising sessions, professional experiences, clubs, field trips, and tutoring services that are tailored specifically to the interests of the students in the program. The goal of the NViSION program is to increase the number of academically-talented STEM students that enter the STEM workforce or continue their education at a Bachelor’s degree-granting institution. This program is made possible through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more about the grant. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applications will be accepted until all scholarships are distributed. For the application and full details of this program visit nv.edu/nvision.
  • The Main Street Community Foundation has scholarship opportunities for individuals pursuing educational and career opportunities in a variety of different areas and at different stages of their careers including High School, College Students and Adult Learners.  While the majority of the scholarships are only available to residents of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott, there are a few that are available to other towns as well as the entire state.  Download Main Street Community’s 2021 Scholarship Directory here for eligibility and application process Application deadline is March 12, 2021.
  • Skilled Trade 2021 Scholarships are available through Main Street Community Foundation. Please read the requirements carefully as some of the scholarships are open to all residents of Connecticut and others specify that the applicant resides in a designated town. Download Main Street Community’s 2021 Technical Scholarships here for eligibility and application process.   Application deadline is March 12, 2021 unless otherwise noted.
  • The 2021 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Foundation Students First Scholarship has been established in Honor of Retired President Mark E. Ojakian. Students who are in their final semester at NVCC or have graduated from NVCC within the last 12 months are invited to apply.  A Word document with the full application package and eligibility requirements can be downloaded here and submitted to StudentsFirstAward@gmail.com no later than Friday, March 12, 2021. Application questions should be directed to the President of the CSCU Foundation, Helen G. Sneed via email at StudentsFirstAward@gmail.com

  • Websites to search for additional Scholarships and Scholarship information

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