Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Announces $725,489 in Scholarships

The Community Foundation’s 2019 Scholarship Committees selected a total of 283 students from among its 42 communities across Eastern Connecticut to receive $725,489 in scholarships.
The Community Foundation recognizes the importance of creating access for lower income and first-generation students, as well as supporting students throughout their academic journey with multi-year awards whenever possible. As an integral part of this strategy, the Community Foundation provides grants to support Higher Edge, a nonprofit organization that gives mentorship and guidance to first generation students from New London and Windham to successfully get into -- and through -- college.
According to President and CEO Maryam Elahi, “The Community Foundation’s work is focused on addressing inequities in our region. Education is a powerful equalizer. We are deeply committed to empowering youth, and scholarships are a critical tool towards achieving this goal. We recognize the roots of inequity are profound and require systemic change. In the short term, however, we believe that by working with partners in school districts in our region, we can be a catalyst and help provide critical wrap-around services to level the playing field and make higher education accessible to as many students as possible.”
The Community Foundation’s scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors who understand the value of opening doors for students and investing in the future. These caring donors have established 117 scholarship funds at the Community Foundation, granting nearly $7 million in scholarships to over 3,500 students since 1983.
For a full list of scholarship recipients, visit our website:
2019 Scholarship Recipients
About the Community Foundation
Serving 42 towns and comprised of 525 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region. The Foundation stewards net assets of $94 million and has awarded nearly $60 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit Connect with us on and