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. 

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.

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 September 30, 2022.  To be eligible your complete application materials must be submitted on or before September 30, 2022.

Apply for Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) Scholarship Here

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities Outside NVCC:


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
  • 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.


  • 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 or at 203-441–0723.  Or, to apply for assistance, please fill out the online form at: 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

  • 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

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