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.  Periodically additional Foundation scholarships are available.  Please check back for specific scholarship listings.
If you are interested in additional information about Foundation scholarships please contact: Angela Chapman, Associate Dean of Development.

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.

Award 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 2021 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 2021 semester.

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

Deadline: The CCF application deadline is September 30, 2021.  To be eligible your complete application materials must be submitted on or before September 30, 2021.

Apply for Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) Scholarship Here

The Waterbury Women's Club Scholarship

The Waterbury Women's Club Scholarship was established in 2021 to support female students residing in Waterbury who are experiencing financial hardship. 

Award Criteria: 

  • This scholarship is open to female students, living in Waterbury.
  • Application must be currently enrolled at NVCC.  
  • This scholarship is not based on competitive GPAs and will be awarded to students who can demonstrate financial hardship and how receiving this award will help complete her studies at NVCC. 

Deadline: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Apply for Waterbury Women's Club 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.


  • The A & J Generator Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for outstanding Connecticut Trade School students who are engaged in receiving a degree in the electrical or mechanical engineering field. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to one individual that is in the respective engineering fields. The scholarship recipient will receive funding for books, courses, or equipment up to $500. Applicants must be a student actively attending a CT Trade School, ideally as a mechanical or electrical field student with an outstanding academic record, and who demonstrates a strong interest in pursuing a career in the energy field. To apply, please write a 500+ word letter to A & J Generator about your studies and what interests you about your respective field and submit it here no later than 12/1/2021.
  • Big Y Food Scholarship Applications are open! Big Y awards over 300 scholarships each year totaling more than $250,000. All Big Y scholarships recognize academic merit and achievement. Deadline February, 1, 2022.
    • Big Y Scholarship Categories include:
      • Big Y Customer or Dependent of Big Y Customer
      • Big Y Employee
      • Community Service
      • Dependent of Big Y Employee
      • First in Family
      • First Responder or Dependent of a First Responder
      • Non-Traditional
    • Click her for more information and application(s) to Big Y Scholarship
  • 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:

  • 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 ( for a scholarship application packet. 

  • 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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