Helpful Hints


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

Foundation scholarships are available every spring for STEM, Allied Health, Business, Liberal Arts and general scholarships.  Scholarships are typically posted in February with a deadline late in March. Please check back at that time for specific scholarship listings.
If you are interested in additional information about Foundation scholarships please contact: Angela Chapman, Associate Dean of Development.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities Outside NVCC:


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


  • Connecticut Community Foundation Scholarship 2020-2021 is accepting applications through September 1, 2020 for the Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) scholarship program. Scholarship eligibility requirements are:
    • 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 coming Fall 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 coming Fall semester.
    • Scholarship Awards: Typical scholarship awards are $500-$1,000 per year ($250-500 per semester). Applicants may be awarded scholarships for a maximum of four semesters (two years). The scholarship is to be used toward tuition, books, fees or supplies.  Scholarships may be renewable (depending on available funds), ), but you must submit an application each year as noted below:
    • Application and supporting documents must be completed and received or postmarked no later than September 1, 2020 to be considered. Submission requirements are outlined in the application. ·Download the application here OR visit
  • 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 2019. 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 2019 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

  • Websites to search for additional Scholarships and Scholarship information

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  • Connecticut Association Of Latinos In Higher Education, Inc. (CALAHE) is accepting applications for their annual scholarship and is awarding twenty five $1,000.00 scholarships for new and continuing college students for the 20/21 academic year. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 
    • Limited to Latino 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 for all completed course work at the time of application.
    • Applicants must attend full time and seeking their first undergraduate degree.
    • Demonstrated community service within the Latino 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).
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • 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.  Deadline to apply: Application must be postmarked by: May 30, 2020. Download Application.

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