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. 

NVCC Foundation Scholarships     Other 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.
NVCC Foundation Scholarships

HIDDEN  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 2023 scholarship applications to be determined.

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

HIDDEN Allied Health and Nursing:

Access Rehabilitation Center Scholarship

The Access Rehabilitation Center scholarship was established in 2020 to support current NVCC students enrolled in the NVCC PTA program or aspiring to enroll in the NVCC PTA program.

Scholarship Criteria

  • A current NVCC student who is enrolled in the NVCC PTA program or currently enrolled in prerequisites at NVCC for admission into the NVCC PTA program.
  • Residents of Greater Waterbury, first generation students, minority students, and Access Rehab Centers employees are encouraged to apply.

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. 

Scholarship 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.      

Scholarship 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 2022 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 $1200

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

Scholarship 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 $250

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

HIDDEN 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.

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

HIDDEN Liberal Arts/Behavioral Social Science Scholarships:

The Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholarship

The Behavioral and Social Science Division Scholarship is awarded to a continuing student who has demonstrated excellence in a behavioral or social science program.

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 Criminal Justice/Public Safety, Drug and Alcohol Recovery, Early Childhood Education, or Human Services Social Work.
  • Must be continuing at NVCC and in good academic standing.
  • Include a personal 150-250 word essay on “The importance of one of the Behavioral and Social Sciences – Criminal Justice/Public Safety, Drug and Alcohol Recovery, Early Childhood Education, or Human Services Social Work.

Award Range

up to $500

Application for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholarship

The Charles B. Kinney Endowed Memorial Scholarship

The Charles B. Kinney Endowed 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 by his wife and their children in memory of Dr. Kinney.

Scholarship Criteria
This scholarship is to be awarded to a NVCC degree-seeking student who:

  • is a new or continuing student in good academic standing.
  • can demonstrate financial need
  • is pursuing a career in public service.
  • has served the College or the community.

Award Range

up to $1000

Application for the Charles B. Kinney Endowed 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 a career in Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Scholarship Criteria

  • Award will go to a current NVCC student.
  • The student should have completed Psy258.
  • Preference is given to a student pursuing a career 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 Endowed 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.

Scholarship Criteria

This scholarship is to be awarded to a NVCC degree-seeking student who:

  • is a new or continuing student in good academic standing.
  • can demonstrate financial need.
  • and is a:
    • Foreign national
    • Refugee
    • Asylum-seeker
    • First generation immigrant (a foreign-born student who has gained U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency)
    • Or is a child of a refugee, asylum-seeker, or a first-generation immigrant.

Award Range

up to $1000

Application for the Dorothy Witmer Kinney Endowed 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

Gerard F. Melito Memorial Arts and Humanities Endowed Scholarship

This award was established in 1997 and endowed in 2011 to honor Gerard 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
    • Plus 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 Gerard F. Melito Memorial Arts and Humanities Endowed 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.

Scholarship 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

HIDDEN STEM Scholarships:

The Charles E. Pagano, Jr. Scholarship

In 2019 Charles E. Pagano, Jr. 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.

Scholarship 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 Connecticut Horticulture Society (CHS) 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.

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 $1000
 

The Connecticut Horticulture 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.   

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 $1000

The Connecticut Horticulture Society Richard Jaynes Scholarship application

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.

Scholarship 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.

Scholarship 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

The Simsbury Garden Club Scholarship

The Simsbury Garden Club established a special scholarship fund to support students at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Student must be registered in the Horticulture Program.
  • Student must have completed at least 20 credits with a GPA of 3.5.
  • Student must demonstrate 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.

Application for The Simsbury Garden Club 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". 

Scholarship 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

HIDDEN General/Miscellaneous 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. 

Scholarship 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 Dr. 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.

Scholarship 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, Daisy Cocco DeFilippis, Ph.D., NVCC President Emerita, 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.

Scholarship 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.

Scholarship Criteria

  • 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.

Scholarship Criteria

  • 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

General/Miscellaneous Scholarships: 

General Scholarships

Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) Scholarship

CCF began its Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) scholarship program to help make community college education more affordable for area students.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Applicants must reside in the Foundation's 21-town service area:  Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott or Woodbury.
  • Full-time and part-time students are eligible.
  • New applicants must plan to begin classes at NVCC in the Fall 2022 semester.  Applicants may have attended college in the past and there is no age restriction for these awards.  Students currently receiving other scholarship funds from Connecticut Community Foundation are ineligible for this program.
  • Continuing, re-admitting or transfer students must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at NVCC or other institution and plan to continue classes at NVCC in the Fall 2022 semester.

Award Range: $500-$1,000 per year ($250-$500 per semester)

Deadline: The CCF application deadline is October 14, 2022.  To be eligible your complete application materials must be submitted on or before October 14, 2022.

Apply for Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) Scholarship Here

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities Outside NVCC:

TIPS:

Private scholarship funds are provided by donors outside the College. Here are some tips on pursuing 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 the renewal of these awards.
  • Students are required to report all private scholarships they expect to receive to the Financial Aid Office.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Connecticut Association Of Latinos In Higher Education, Inc. (CALAHE) is accepting applications for their annual scholarship opportunities. $1,000.00 scholarships for new and continuing college students for the 22/23 academic year are available. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 
    • High School Senior/GED equivalent or undergraduate college student
    • Latinx students from Connecticut.
    • Must have been a Connecticut resident for the past 12 months.
    • Must demonstrate financial need.
    • Accepted at or attending an accredited institution of higher education.
    • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater for all completed course work at the time of application.
    • Applicants must be enrolled as full time student and seeking their first undergraduate degree.
    • Demonstrated community service within the Latinx community.
    • Essay: "How do you feel this scholarship is going to impact your ability to pursue your education?" (Maximum 2 page typewritten double space statement)
  • Please Note: In order to receive this award, recipients are required to attend a scholarship reception on the date and location to be determined. Students who do not, or cannot attend the reception will forfeit their award. 

    The CALAHE scholarship is renewable for one year only, prior recipients must reapply.
    Deadline to apply: Application must be postmarked by: June 24, 2022Application and Full Instructions on how to Apply


  • 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-completeThe deadline to apply is June 15, 2022.

  • CSCU Foundation 2022 Students First Scholarship in the amount of $2020 is for a student in their final semester at any of our 12 CT Community Colleges, or a student who has graduated within the past 12 months and plans to transfer and apply to Central, Eastern, Southern, Western, or Charter Oak State College. The award can be applied to tuition, fees, textbooks, and/or a laptop.The scholarship is open to all majors, including general studies and the deadline to apply is March 24, 2022.  Download the 2022 Students First Application and Instructions here. Eligibility requirements are:
    • Student is in his/her final semester at one of the CT Community Colleges or
    • is a graduate of the CT Community College system within the past 12 months prior to application
    • has a of GPA 2.5 or higher
    • Requires an application to one of the four CT State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern, Western) or Charter Oak State College
    • Applicant needs to be a resident of the state of Connecticut at the time of application and at the time of award.
  • Please note: In addition, the recipient and their two guests will be invited to the CSCU Foundation's Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon held on March 31, 2023, at the Sheraton Bradley Airport.


  • The NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium anticipates awarding up to five $1,500 scholarships to CT Community College students that are interested in STEM fields for the Spring 2022 semester.  The application is due Tuesday, March 1, 2022 by 11:59 pm. There are four requirements to be eligible to apply:
    • You must be able to demonstrate that your career interests relate to a STEM field (including the health sciences and psychology).
    • You must be a full-time student in the Spring 2022 semester.
    • You must have a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.50.
    • 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.

Before applying, please read the Student Application RFP for full details related to the award.  You can find the Student Application RFP and the online application here.  For questions, please contact Dr. Peter Angelastro at pangelastro@nv.edu.


  • 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.

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