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DEADLINE: February 16, 2015

Institutional Advancement Available Scholarships

The Application Deadline for the 2015 - 2016 academic year is February 16, 2015.  Notification of results to applicants, should be completed by June 1, 2015.

To be considered for a scholarship, including merit- and talent-based awards, students must complete the Scholarship Application online.  Applicants must either be enrolled or have applied through the Admissions Office to attend Western CT State University to be considered. For scholarships that have a demonstrated financial need component, applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The recommended filing date is March 1st which will also satisfy the financial aid priority deadline date.

Students applying for admission to degree programs in music and musical theatre are considered for talent-based scholarships, which are awarded by audition. Please go to http://www.wcsu.edu/music/audition.asp for further information and to schedule an audition.

Questions? Contact Nancy Barton at the Office of Institutional Advancement at bartonn@wcsu.edu or (203) 837-3297.

 

The following is a listing of all the scholarships that are available to WestConn Students. This listing of scholarships may not fully represent all scholarships available to date, as new scholarships are added frequently. Please be aware that the availability of scholarships are contingent upon the generous funding of our donors. This website is updated periodically.

Continuing Student Scholarships

Incoming Student Scholarships

Websites for Alternative Scholarships


Scholarships for Continuing Students

Ancell School of Business

Gino Arconti JLA Scholarship
Justice & Law Administration

Description: This scholarship was established in 1999 in memory of former Danbury Mayor Gino Arconti in honor of his love and respect for constitutional law. Preference is given to juniors majoring in justice and law administration and who have an interest in constitutional law.

ATMI Scholarship
Accounting, MIS, Computer Science, Chemistry

Description: This scholarship is given to a major in Accounting, MIS, Computer Science or Chemistry. The recipient must be a full-time student entering junior or senior year with a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate academic excellence in his or her chosen major, as well as financial need.

John F. Azzariti Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Accounting

This scholarship was created with donations from friends and family upon John’s death in 2008. In 2010, his wife, Kathleen, made it into an endowment. Scholarship will be granted to students who are full-time accounting majors in good standing who have completed their 3rd or 4th year and have an overall grade point average of no less than a B- or a 2.67 GPA. Preference will be given to students pursuing their fifth year of 30 extra credits or master’s degree.

Anthony & Julia Caraluzzi Family Scholarship for ASB
Ancell School of Business

Description: The scholarship was established by the Caraluzzi family for students enrolled in the Ancell School of Business. Students must have completed 30 credits, with a 3.5+ GPA and financial need. Students can be full or part time.

Dante Cirilli/Grolier Direct Marketing Scholarship
Marketing

Description: Funded by gifts from Grolier Inc. and Dante Cirilli on the occasion of Cirilli’s retirement as president of Grolier Direct Marketing, this scholarship is granted to a full-time junior or senior student enrolled in the undergraduate direct marketing program.

Anthony W. Cirone Jr. Accounting Leadership Award
Accounting

This scholarship was established in 2010 by WestConn alumnus, Anthony W. Cirone Jr., ’88 partner Equale and Cirone, LLP. The recipient must be a full-time accounting major in good standing, an incoming junior or senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, must have demonstrated financial need, and must demonstrate engagement in extra- curricular activities on and off campus.

Fiorita, Kornhaas & Van Houten Accounting Scholarship
Accounting

This scholarship was created by Fiorita, Kornhaas & Company, P.C. The recipient must have completed his/her junior year as a full time accounting major and have the highest GPA of all eligible candidates, with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

John Fitzsimmons Accounting Scholarship
Accounting

Description: The John Fitzsimmons Scholarship is presented to a junior or senior accounting major who displays outstanding potential in the field of accounting and business and has demonstrated excellent academic performance. This scholarship is given in memory of Professor Emeritus John Fitzsimmons.

Kenneth Keller Memorial Scholarship
Management

This scholarship benefits business majors with preference given to those in small business management and entrepreneurship, a 3.3 GPA, and a minimum of 75 credits.

Morton Family Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Ancell School of Business

Description: This scholarship is endowed by Allen and Roberta Morton to recognize and reward outstanding academic performance among students in the Ancell School of Business. Scholarships will be awarded annually to both outstanding full-time and part-time students in their sophomore or junior year. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and be recommended by their academic departments. Students are strongly encouraged to submit an essay with their application that discusses their academic goals and their plans for the future.

Dr. Harold Schramm Scholarship
JLA Majors in the Paralegal Studies Program

Description: This scholarship was established in 2008 by Professor Emeritus of Justice and Law Administration and of English Dr. Harold Schramm.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and be recommended by their academic department.  Preference will be given to JLA juniors in the paralegal studies program who demonstrate need.

Charles E. Wrinn Memorial Scholarship
Small Business Management

Description: The Housatonic Industrial Development Corporation (HIDC) created this scholarship in memory of Chuck Wrinn, longtime president of HIDC and avid supporter of WCSU and the Ancell School of Business. The scholarship will be given to a student in the Small Business Management Program who has a minimum GPA of 2.5. He/she must be a Connecticut resident and demonstrate financial need.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Scholarship
Ancell School of Business

Description: The Wilton Financial Group established this $1,000 scholarship for up to five students per year who will be juniors or sophomores in Spring 2014, enrolled in the Ancell School of Business, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and complete the Harrison Assessment when applying for this scholarship. NOTE: Applications must be submitted by Dec. 6.

 


Graduate Studies

Anonymous Donor Graduate Scholarship in Art
Art

Description: This fund underwrites scholarships in the MFA program. These scholarship funds can be merit- based or based upon finanical need. In all cases, however, awards should be made to students considered as emerging and/or budding artists and should be open to all who qualify in the MFA program.

Nancy E. Barrelle Memorial Scholarship
Education

Description: This scholarship was established in 1983 through the Estate of Henry, Genevieve and Mary Ellen Barrelle in honor of their daughter and sister respectively. This scholarship is to be given to a graduate-level student in the Education department who is pursuing a career in teaching, especially with a reading consultant certification or early childhood education specialization.

W.B. Connor Trust Scholarship
Art

Description: This scholarship was established in 2006 with a bequest from the William B. Connor Trust FBO Jane (Sippi) Henderson, who studied art at WCSU. The fund provides scholarships to promising art majors to encourage study abroad, at WCSU or at other supporting arts facilities for a period not to exceed two years.

MFA Scholarship Fund
Fine Arts

Description: These scholarships are made available by generous donations to the Master of Fine Arts Department. Recipients are selected by the MFA Coordinator.

New Beginnings Nursing Masters Scholarship
Nursing

Description: This scholarship was established in January 2009 by Mario Mesi in memory of Millicent Ratta and Janice Ratta Bynes. The New Beginnings Nursing Scholarship recipients who graduate in May or August of the school year for which they received the scholarship and continue at WCSU the following September in the nursing graduate degree program are eligible to apply.

Dr. Victor Ruderman Memorial Scholarship - Graduate Studies & External Programs
Education

Description: The scholarship provides support for full- or part-time students in the counselor education program and was established in 2000 by Dr. Lilyan Ruderman in memory of her husband. Recipients must have a minimum 2.8 GPA and have completed a minimum of 12 credits in the program. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need.

 


Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences

ATMI Scholarship
Accounting, MIS, Computer Science, Chemistry

Description: This scholarship is given to a major in accounting, MIS, computer science or chemistry. The recipient must be a full-time student entering junior or senior year with a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate academic excellence in his or her chosen major, as well as financial need.

Baker Communications Group Scholarship in Journalism
Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process

Description: This scholarship was established in October 2009 by WCSU graduate William Baker ’86. Recipients must be a full-time journalism major in good standing and have a minimum grade point average of a 3.2.

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences Scholarship
Biology

Description: This scholarship, established in 1999, is awarded to a student in the biology or medical technology programs. The Financial Aid Office will be contacted to make certain this award does not make the student ineligible for larger grants or scholarships.

Boehringer Ingelheim Biochemistry Scholarship
Biochemistry

Description: This scholarship was created in 1985 by the Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation. It is to be given to students with exemplary academic performance in Biochemistry I Lecture, Biochemistry II Lecture and/or Biochemistry Laboratory.

Arnold C. Brackman Memorial Scholarship
Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process

Description: The scholarship was established in 1984 in honor of Arnold C. Brackman, founder of the journalism program at WCSU, to provide scholarships for junior or senior journalism students in good academic standing who have exhibited potential in the field of journalism.

Carey Foundation Fund Scholarship
Chemistry

Description: This scholarship was established in 1999 by Raymond Carey, of Danbury-based Carey Industries, to assist undergraduate chemistry students of outstanding academic merit.

Communication Department Emeritus Faculty Scholarship
Department: Communication

Description: This scholarship is named in honor of Communication department faculty members whose service to the university has warranted granting them emeritus status. This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate communication major who has earned 45 undergraduate credits by the beginning of the spring semester.

Ruth M. Dawson Scholarship
Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process

Description: This scholarship was created in 2006 by Professor Dennis Dawson in memory of his mother, Ruth M. Dawson. Students must be full-time students and have a 3.5 GPA from the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences. The recipient must also be entering their junior or senior year and have exceptional talent in creative science writing or science journalism.

Elizabeth Fields Women’s Studies Scholarship
Arts & Sciences

Description: This scholarship was established in 2006 by Linda Vaden-Goad for students in women’s studies and who are interested in a career devoted to women’s studies issues.

John V. Friel History Scholarship
History/Social Sciences

Description: The John V. Friel Scholarship is given annually, and alternately, by the history and social sciences departments. It is presented to a nontraditional history or social sciences major that best exemplifies the two qualities which marked John V. Friel’s life — a zest for learning and commitment to helping others.

Ronald S. Giordano Endowed Scholarship
Chemistry

Description: Deserving undergraduate students majoring in chemistry benefit from this scholarship established in memory of Chemistry Professor Dr. Ronald S. Giordano.

Bruce I. Goldsen Radio Broadcasting Scholarship
Communication

Description: Established by Bruce and Sue Goldsen, WCSU alumni, for a scholarship to an upperclassman who has worked at radio station WXCI, has an interest in pursuing a career in radio and has a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Dr. Mel Goldstein Scholarship
Physics, Astronomy, Meteorology

Description: This endowment was created to provide scholarships to sophomores, juniors or seniors who are majoring in meteorology. Scholarships will be awarded to students who are in the top 10 percent of the class, preferably in the theoretical meteorology track. Applicants must be involved in meteorology department activities, as well actively participating in the Weather Center and/or Meteorology Club.

Veronica Hagman Memorial Scholarship
Department: Psychology

Description: Established by her parents in 2005, this scholarship is in memory of Veronica Hagman, a psychology major, who died during her senior year. Recipients must be female and have a minimum 3.5 GPA and at least 70 credits, of which 40 are at WCSU.

Elizabeth Tulloch James Memorial Scholarship (Estate Endowment)
English

Description: The Elizabeth Tulloch James Scholarship was established in 1992 by a bequest from the Estate of Elizabeth Tulloch James, who was the first chair of the English faculty at WCSU. This scholarship is to be awarded each year to a Danbury-area student who is currently a WCSU English major and a junior in good standing. It recognizes the student most distinguished for scholarship in English and his or her contributions to the extracurricular life of the English department.

Robert P. Kelleher Scholarship
Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process

Description: This scholarship was established with funds received in memory of Robert P. Kelleher, an English and professional writing student at WCSU. It is awarded to a junior or senior student in the professional writing program who is in good academic standing.

Peggy Will Koschel Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Medical Technology (awarded in even years) and Theatre Arts (awarded in odd years)

Description: This scholarship was established by the family of Margaret (Peggy) Will Koschel in 2008 to assist full-time undergraduate students majoring in theatre arts or medical technology. Peggy, an alumna from the class of 1951, is being remembered for actively being involved with her alma mater and the Danbury community. Recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits at WCSU. Students must also have financial need.

Jonathan Mottley Memorial Scholarship
Physics, Astronomy, Meteorology

Description: This scholarship is awarded to the student who has completed the second year of the WCSU meteorology undergraduate program with the highest GPA. It was established in 1998 in memory of WCSU student Jonathan Mottley.

The News-Times/Stephen A. Collins Memorial Scholarship
Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process

Description: The scholarship was established for communication students interested in journalism and writing, with 45 credits and who reside a town served by The News Times. It was created by The News-Times in memory of Stephen A. Collins, a News-Times employee for more than 50 years.

Carl F. Norden Science Scholarship
Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Description: The Barden Foundation, Inc. established this scholarship in 2000 in memory of Carl F. Norden, co-founder of the Barden Corporation. It is presented to a full-time junior and a full-time senior majoring in biology, chemistry or physics. Selected recipients must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better and have demonstrated financial need.

Professor Edwin Rosenberg Scholarship
Mathematics

Description: The Professor (Emeritus) Edwin Rosenberg Scholarship was established with funds received from his former student, Doris Lundberg, M.D. This scholarship honors Professor Rosenberg’s inspiration to a generation of WCSU students through his excellence and dedication to the teaching of mathematics. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time mathematics major with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.

Arthur & Alberta Rosien Memorial Scholarship
Social Sciences

Description: This scholarship was established in 1999 through a bequest from alumnus Arthur Rosien. Recipients must be full-time political science majors with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Scott Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Dr. Robert M. & Joyce Komanee Scott Scholarship in Astronomy)
Physics, Astronomy, Meteorology

Description: This memorial scholarship was established in 1997 and is awarded to an astronomy senior or first-year graduate student who is pursuing a degree in astronomy. The scholarship is in memory of Dr. Scott who played an important role in the negotiation of the Perkin Fund, a grant which allowed WCSU to obtain an automated 20-inch RC telescope.

John Tamas Memorial Scholarship
Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process

Description: This scholarship was established in 2005 in memory of John Tamas, a WCSU student who passed away in his senior year. It is awarded to a junior or senior creative writing or literature major with an enthusiastic attitude toward scholarly pursuits and/or creative writing and a 3.0 GPA.

Tek-Air Systems Scholarship
Chemistry, Physics

Description: This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate, science/technical major student.

Dr. John M. Tufts Memorial Scholarship
English, Communication, Education

Description: This scholarship was established by Dr. Alice L. Carolan in honor of Dr. John M. Tufts, her late husband. Dr. Tufts loved working with struggling minority students at WCSU. The selected student should be a minority to whom this would provide a tremendous lift to heart and spirit. The student must also be an English, communications or education major and exhibit financial need.

W. Robert Vaden Scholarship in Mathematics
Mathematics

Description: The scholarship is awarded to a student who loves mathematics and believes that all can learn.

Michael Vaden-Kiernan Scholarship in Community Psychology
Psychology

Description: The scholarship was established in 2006 by Dr. Linda Vaden-Goad to benefit a student studying community psychology who believes in the significance of community in creating better lives for all.

Stephen Ward Scholarship
Social Sciences

Description: This scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of Dr. Stephen Ward. Recipients should be social sciences majors who exhibit financial need.

Truman A. Warner Scholarship
History (awarded in even years) and Social Sciences (awarded in odd years)

Description: This scholarship, established in 1997 in memory of WCSU Professor Emeritus Truman A. Warner, is awarded to a history, American studies or social sciences major with junior standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The recipient must demonstrate significant achievement, breadth of intellectual interest, and service to the university and community.

World Languages Tuition Award
World Languages

Description: This award was established in 2008 for a World Languages major who exhibits financial need.

 


School of Professional Studies

Anonymous Donor Nursing Scholarship
Nursing

Description: This scholarship was established by an anonymous donor for nursing majors.

Professor Albert “Tuck” Alciene Memorial Scholarship
Nursing

Description: Established in 2002, this scholarship is awarded to a registered nurse who is a student in the RN-BSN Program at WCSU in memory of Tuck Alciene, who was a professor in the nursing department. He is remembered for his great insight into human behavior, an uplifting sense of humor, strong commitment to classroom and bedside teaching, caring encouragement to nursing students and devotion to the nursing profession.

Scott Andrews Memorial Scholarship
Social Work

Description: The scholarship was established in memory of Scott Andrews, a social work major who died in the spring of 1992 as the result of a fire in a house adjacent to the university. The award is presented to a returning student who will be entering his/her junior or senior year in the social work program and demonstrates a commitment to helping others. Preference is given to students from single-parent families. Social work faculty members select the recipient with input from Andrews’ parents.

Dr. Joseph B. Cherry Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Nursing

Description: This scholarship is presented to Greater Danbury area nursing students with a minimum 3.1 GPA. The student must have a conscientious commitment to nursing and have a caring and holistic approach to patients and their care. It was established in 1999 by Mrs. Joseph B. Cherry to honor the memory of her husband, Dr. Joseph B. Cherry.

Tom & Lois Crucitti Nursing Scholarship
Nursing

Description: The scholarship was established in 2001 by Lois, ’71, R.N. nursing, and Tom Crucitti ’69, medical technology. The recipient must be a full-time nursing student with a minimum 3.0 GPA in his/her core curriculum who has completed at least 30 credits at WCSU, and exhibit some financial need.

Laura Duffy Memorial Scholarship
Social Work

Description: This scholarship was established in memory of Laura Duffy, a nontraditional social work student who died in 1995 after a long battle with cancer. In conjunction with the department of social work, Duffy’s family established the award to benefit a social work major who has demonstrated a longtime commitment to community service and embodies Laura’s warmth and caring. Additional consideration will be given to members of Phi Alpha Social Work honor society.

Mary Edgett Endowed Scholarship
Education

Description: This scholarship was established in 2008 and celebrates the life and career achievements of Mary Edgett ‘24. This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering junior or senior year and majoring in education. Eligible students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Recipients should intend to pursue a career in teaching.

Paul L. Jones Nursing Scholarship
Department: Nursing

Description: This competitive scholarship, supported by an educational trust established under the will of Douglas P. Jones, supports scholarships for graduates of Connecticut high schools who reside in the state and are enrolled in WCSU’s nursing program.

Craig Lundwall Memorial Scholarship
Social Work

Description: The Craig Lundwall Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001, shortly after the untimely death of Craig Lundwall, Class of 1998. His parents, family and friends chose to memorialize Craig through an academic and need-based scholarship for a social work major at WestConn. This is a most fitting tribute, since Craig was a true intellectual, cherishing the opportunity to learn and demanding high academic standards of himself and colleagues. It is also fitting that the scholarship be awarded to a social work major with demonstrated financial need, since Craig cared deeply about those in need, serving as their advocate. Only social work majors are eligible. A social work faculty committee selects the recipient. Preference given to a senior social work student.

New Beginnings Nursing Scholarship
Nursing

Description: This scholarship was established by Mario Mesi in memory of his sister, Millicent Ratta, in 2007 for undergraduate nursing majors. The recipients are either incoming students or those entering their junior or senior year. They must be considered nontraditional (older) students, Connecticut residents and demonstrate financial need.

Robert Schappert Scholarship
Education

Description: The Robert Schappert Scholarship was established in 2006 and is awarded to a senior education major. Special consideration for this need-based scholarship will be given to full-time students with a strong GPA.

Colleen Stewart Memorial Scholarship
Education

Description: This scholarship was established in 2006 by Dr. Albert Stewart in memory of his wife, Colleen. It is to be used for scholarships to education majors who need assistance when unexpected setbacks arise that might prevent them from continuing their education at WCSU.

Dr. John M. Tufts Memorial Scholarship
English, Communication, Education

Description: This scholarship was established by Dr. Alice L. Carolan in honor of Dr. John M. Tufts, her late husband. Dr. Tufts loved working with struggling minority students at WCSU. The selected student should be a minority to whom this would provide a tremendous lift to heart and spirit. The student must also be an English, communications or education major and exhibit financial need.

Susan B. and Henry G. Tritter Scholarship
Theatre Arts (awarded in even years) and Nursing (awarded in odd years)

Description: This scholarship was established by Susan B. and Henry G. Tritter to assist undergraduate students majoring in nursing and theatre arts. As of the beginning of the spring semester students will have earned a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits toward a degree at Western. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required.. The academic department will identify a student who shows promise of professional success in his/her field of study.

Union Savings Bank/Thomas R. Nolan Scholarship
Education

Description: This scholarship was established in 2000 on the occasion of Thomas R. Nolan’s retirement as chairman of the Board of Trustees at Union Savings Bank. The award may be granted to a full-time junior or senior majoring in secondary education with a concentration in writing. Applicants should intend to pursue a career in teaching upon graduation. The scholarship will be presented at least every other year, with the award amount to be determined annually. A committee of education faculty and the chair of the English Department will recommend a recipient.

Union Savings Bank — Sturdevant Family Scholarship
Education

Description: This scholarship was established in 2004 by Union Savings Bank to honor the Sturdevant family. Scholarships are to be awarded to students entering the junior or senior year who are pursuing a career in teaching mathematics, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and exhibit financial need.

Frances S. Weigler Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Nursing

Description: This scholarship was established in 1989 by the family of Frances S. Weigler to honor her memory. It is presented to an outstanding sophomore nursing student.

 


School of Visual & Performing Arts

Anonymous Donor Undergraduate Scholarship in Art
Art

Description: This fund underwrites scholarships in the undergraduate program. These scholarship funds can be merit- based or based upon financial need. In all cases, however, awards should be made to students considered as emerging and/or budding artists and should be open to all who qualify within the undergraduate art program.

Clarke Dunham Design Scholarship
Theatre Arts

Description: Clarke Dunham is a scenic designer who owns Dunham Studios. WCSU theatre arts students are given the opportunity to work with Mr. Dunham each year. He recognizes the hard work and talent WCSU students possess. In appreciation, Mr. Dunham has created this scholarship for a design/technology student.

James Furman Memorial Music Endowed Scholarship
Music

Description: This scholarship is presented to the student who best exemplifies the highest level of musical performance ability, scholastic standing and contributions to the department. The award honors the memory and musical excellence of James Furman, a former member of the department. Selected by special audition.

Howard Hobbs Memorial Scholarship
Visual & Performing Arts

Description: This scholarship was established in 1990 to honor the memory of anthropology Professor Howard Hobbs of the social sciences department. It is awarded in even years to a student in music, art, theatre, or athletics on the basis of his/her academic achievement, with preference given to a student admitted under the Honors Program.

Peggy Will Koschel Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Medical Technology (awarded in even years) Theatre Arts (awarded in odd years)
Description: This scholarship was established by the family of Margaret (Peggy) Will Koschel in 2008 to assist full-time undergraduate students majoring in theatre arts or medical technology. Peggy, an alumna from the class of 1951, is being remembered for actively being involved with her alma mater and the Danbury Community. Recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits at WCSU. Students must also have financial need.

Richard Reimold Theatre Arts Scholarship
Theatre Arts

Description: This scholarship, named in honor of Professor Emeritus Richard Reimold of the WCSU theatre arts department, provides scholarships for full time sophomore or junior theatre arts majors with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Schoolmasters Special Scholarship
Music

Description: This scholarship was established in 2005 by an anonymous donor in memory of Joel Kannengeiser to support music scholarships. This scholarship benefits a student who is majoring in music or music education with a record of academic achievement and who possesses extraordinary singing or musical talent. The recipient must be a Connecticut resident with a strong GPA, and exhibit financial need.

James Somers Opera Scholarship
Music major studying opera

Description: This scholarship was created by Judith Somers in memory of her husband, James Somers. It is awarded to a talented opera student as recommended by the music department.

The Theatre Department Scholarship
Theatre Arts

This scholarship was established in 2009 by Marilynn Glen and the Archdeacon Family Foundation. This scholarship will be granted to a U.S. citizen who is a theatre major at the beginning of his/her junior year, has a strong GPA and intends to either pursue graduate studies in theatre or to be a professional artist.

Susan B. and Henry G. Tritter Scholarship
Theatre Arts (awarded in even years) and Nursing (awarded in odd years)
Description: This scholarship was established by Susan B. and Henry G. Tritter to assist undergraduate students majoring in nursing and theatre arts. As of the beginning of the spring semester students will have earned a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits toward a degree at Western. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required. The academic department will identify a student who shows promise of professional success in his/her field of study.

Walton Group Scholarship
Theatre Arts

Description: This scholarship was established by Professor Emeritus William Walton for full-time theatre arts students who have made a major contribution to the department.         

Roger Winward Scholarship
Music

Description: This scholarship was established by Robert Schappert in 2005 for music education majors with financial need. It is awarded to a senior with a strong GPA.

Young Family Centennial Theatre Arts Scholarship
Theatre Arts

Description: This scholarship was established in 2006 and is funded by the Young’s Centennial Campaign pledge.

Young Family Theatre Scholarship
Theatre Arts

Description: The scholarship was established in 2000 by Roy and Ginny Young to provide support for theatre arts majors. A nominee is recommended by the theatre arts department and must demonstrate financial need. The recipient must be a full-time student who has completed at least 15 credits toward a theatre arts major and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

 


University Wide for Continuing Students

Berkshire Food, Inc. Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was established in July 2010. It is for full-time, matriculating students who have financial need.

Isabelle T. Farrington Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: Established in 2000 by WCSU alumna Isabelle Farrington, this scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student of good character with a class ranking in the top 10 percent who will be entering junior or senior year.

Kenneth R. Fryer Memorial Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: The scholarship is awarded each year as a memorial to Kenneth R. Fryer, a former student and son of WCSU Professor Emeritus Russell Fryer. It is presented to qualified and deserving minority students.

Esadora George Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: The Esadora George Scholarship is offered for academic achievement and awarded annually to a currently enrolled or incoming student at WCSU. Preference is given to students from the Danbury area who are of Lebanese descent.

Claire G. Trisch & Alfred T. Geddes Memorial Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was established in 2009 in memory of deans Claire and Alfred Geddes. Recipients must have financial need.

Ruth A. Haas Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: The scholarship was established to honor Ruth A. Haas, president of WCSU from 1946 to 1975. Student should show leadership within the university and community and have a strong GPA.

W. Jason & Ellen M. Hancock Student Scholarship
Ancell School of Business, Arts & Sciences, Professional Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, Graduate Studies and Institutional Advancement

Description: This scholarship was established in 2000 by W. Jason and Ellen M. Hancock to provide scholarship support for needy students with a 3.0 GPA who have earned 45 credits. Scholarship must be used towards WCSU tuition and fees

Macricostas Family Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was established in 2002 by Deno and Marie Macricostas through the Macricostas Family Foundation. Students must have financial need and will have lived in the U.S. no longer than seven years.

The Morganti Group Inc. Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was established in November 2009 to help grant scholarships to students based on merit and/or need.

Arlyne M. O’Boy Scholarship Fund
Open to all majors

Description: This fund was established in 1989 by the estate of Arlyne M. O’Boy. In accordance with her last will and testament, “Said income is to be used by it for the education of a needy and deserving student or students who shall be chosen by the president of Western Connecticut State University, or by the faculty of said college under his or her direction. Particular but not exclusive consideration will be given to students of the Danbury-Bethel area.”

Grace B. Wheeler Robertson Estate Endowed Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was established in 1988 by the estate of Grace Banks Wheeler Robertson, a 1915 graduate of the Danbury Normal School. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding sophomore student from each school to be used in his or her junior and senior years. The university’s undergraduate school deans select one scholarship recipient based on outstanding academic performance.

The New Horizons Leadership Award
Open to all majors

Description: The New Horizons Leadership Award was established in July 2010 by Mario Mesi as a one-time reward given to a past or current president of GSA based on demonstrated leadership skills, involvement, service and continuous commitment to LGBT community. Scholarship recipients  must be a full-time or part-time student in good academic standing and have served as a GSA president or other student leader position.

New Horizons Student Endowed Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was established by Mario Mesi in January 2010 in memory of his life partner, Joel Kannengeiser, to provide financial assistance to students who identify as a sexual minority.  Students for the New Horizon Scholarship are chosen for their involvement and activism in the LGBT community. Scholarship recipients must be a full- or part-time student with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. It is available to students who are matriculating from high school and students currently enrolled at Western.

Savings Bank of Danbury — A. Searle Pinney Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was created by the Savings Bank of Danbury during the WCSU Centennial Campaign in memory of A. Searle Pinney, former chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University System. Scholarships are awarded by the Savings Bank of Danbury.

Sodexo Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: Sodexo provided $50,000 for scholarships to full-time matriculating students.

Peter M. Stewart Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was established in memory of Peter M. Stewart by his parents, Peggy ’07 & Craig Stewart, in May 2010 with gifts received from family and friends upon Peter's death in January 2010.  Scholarships will be granted to students who have a minimum of 24 credits and a 2.5 GPA with full-time enrollment status.  Preference will be given to students enrolled in programs that will lead to careers in health or social services including, but not limited to, social work, psychology, child abuse or addiction services.  Scholarships will be available beginning with the 2012/2013 school year.

The Richard H. Sullivan Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship was established by Richard H. Sullivan, a retired WCSU vice president of finance and administration, in honor and memory of the extraordinary friends and co-workers he interacted with during his more than 30-year tenure at WestConn. It reflects his desire to recognize members of the classified service. Dependents of full-time WCSU employees in the classified service who are matriculated in good academic standing and can show financial need are eligible to apply.

Union Savings Bank Endowed Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: These scholarships were created by Union Savings Bank in 2002 during WCSU’s Centennial Campaign. Students must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need. Students must live in western Connecticut, defined as from Waterbury to the New York border and from the Massachusetts border to Long Island Sound.

WCSU Foundation President’s Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: The WCSU Foundation established this fund to support a President’s Award to a graduating senior based on outstanding academic performance.

WCSU Employee Assistance Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This scholarship provides assistance for WCSU employees not eligible for tuition waivers.

Roy Young Community Service Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: The WCSU Foundation established this scholarship in 1998 to honor Roy Young’s many years of service to the university and the Danbury community. The recipient must be a full-time WestConn student who has been involved with one or more charitable organizations in Greater Danbury, completed a minimum of 15 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

 


Incoming Student Scholarships

Ancell School of Business

Hawley Family Endowed Scholarship
Ancell School of Business

Description: This scholarship was established by the Hawley family in 2002 for graduating seniors from three local high schools: Danbury, Henry Abbott Tech and Immaculate, who will attend Western Connecticut State University in the coming fall semester. Scholarships will be awarded to students with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA who are committed to becoming a full-time student with an academic major in the Ancell School of Business. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Rizzo Family Endowed Scholarship
Ancell School of Business

Description: This scholarship was established by the Rizzo family in 2003 for graduating seniors from two local high schools: Danbury High and Immaculate who will attend Western Connecticut State University in the coming fall semester. Scholarships will be awarded to students with a minimum 2.8 high school GPA who are committed to becoming a full-time student with an academic major in the Ancell School of Business and who can demonstrate financial need. Scholarships will rotate between Danbury High School and Immaculate High School graduates each year.

School of Professional Studies

Irfan Kathwari Foundation Scholarship
Education

Description: This scholarship was established by M. Farooq Kathwari in honor of his son, Irfan Kathwari, to support minority students in the teacher education program. Kathwari, the president, chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen Inc., created the award to recruit promising students to WCSU’s teacher education program. Preference is given to Danbury inner-city minority high school seniors who want to pursue careers teaching K-12 in the Danbury public schools.

The Phyllis Jean Callahan Minck Memorial Scholarship
Education

Description: This scholarship was created in March 2010 in memory of Phyllis Jean Callahan Minck through a bequest from the Estate of Marguerite M. Minck, a Danburian who was a local math and Latin high school teacher who later taught at WestConn. The scholarship will be awarded for four (4) consecutive years to a female graduate of Danbury High School who has been accepted and will attend WCSU to major in secondary education.

School of Visual & Performing Arts

CSUS Trustees Scholarship Program
Art, Music, Theatre

Description: CSUS Trustees Scholarships up to full tuition (exclusive of fees) are available for students majoring in art, music or theatre. View scholarship criteria.

Julius Baker Music Scholarship
Music

Description: This scholarship is awarded to a talented flutist as recommended by the music department. Awarded by audition.

H. Jonathan Greenwald & Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship
Music

Description: Established in 2009 with a generous gift from the estate of WCSU Professor Emeritus Dr. H Jonathan (Hal) Greenwald. Awarded by audition, with consideration given to financial need.

 

Mary & Rudy Behrens Music Scholarship
Music

Description: These funds are made available from the generous donations of Mary and Rudy Behrens. Funds from this donation will support scholarships, costs associated with student performances, and other projects identified by the chair of the Department of Music. Students are selected by audition.

Friends of Music Scholarship
Music

Description: WCSU Friends of Music funds scholarships for talented students intending to major in music at WCSU. Scholarships are intended for incoming freshmen and/or transfer students and are awarded by audition only.

Rose Londa Heyman Scholarship
Music

Description: This scholarship was established by a bequest from Rose L. Heyman, a 1927 graduate who received her master’s degree from WCSU in 1963. Recipients must be full-time majors from Fairfield or Litchfield County. Preference is given to Danbury residents. Awarded by audition with consideration given to financial need and strong academic standing.

Charles F. Murphy Music Scholarship
Music

Description: Awarded by the Department of Music chair for excellence in percussion performance. Recipient must be an incoming freshman with financial need. This scholarship was established by Mrs. Murphy in memory of part-time percussion instructor, Charles Murphy. Awarded by audition, with consideration given to financial need.

Music Department Development Fund Scholarship
Music

Description: This fund was created in 1999 and is designed to further the activities of the music department, especially in areas not normally funded by the state of Connecticut. These activities include community building, speakers, symposia, exhibits and guest artists. This fund may also be used for music scholarships.

Schoolmasters Special Scholarship
Music

Description: This scholarship was established in 2005 by an anonymous donor in memory of Joel Kannengeiser to support music scholarships. This scholarship benefits a student who is majoring in music or music education with a record of academic achievement and who possesses extraordinary singing or musical talent. The recipient must be a Connecticut resident with a strong GPA and exhibit some financial need.

Valery G. Cunningham Music Education Scholarship
Music

Description: Established in 2005 with a grant from the estate of Valery G. Cunningham, this scholarship provides support for deserving music education majors who are willing to devote their talents to the teaching and furtherance of music education.

 


University Wide Scholarships for Incoming Students

Clarisse & Henry Arnhold Scholarship
Open to all incoming students who reside in Bethel, CT at time of high school graduation

Description: This scholarship was established in 2012 through a gift to create the Clarisse & Henry Arnhold Scholarship to cover the four year cost of tuition and fees for two students who reside in the town of Bethel at the time of their high school graduation.  One incoming applicant must have achieved excellent academic standing throughout their high school career and a second applicant must demonstrate character and enterprise as recommended by the Bethel Superintendent of schools and/or WCSU Admissions Department.

Anthony & Julia Caraluzzi Family Scholarship for Bethel and Immaculate high schools
Open to all incoming students from Bethel or Immaculate High School

Description: This scholarship was established by the Caraluzzi Family for students entering WCSU from Bethel or Immaculate high schools. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, exhibit some financial need and contact their high school counselor for application.

Fresh Start Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: WCSU alumna Shirley Ferris ’86 established this scholarship to support nontraditional students. Recipients must be female, first-year or returning undergraduates who are 30 to 55 years old as of the beginning of the fall semester for which they receive the scholarship. The student must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA. to receive the scholarship for the second semester. Special consideration will be given to history and education majors and to veterans.

President-to-President Scholarship
Open to all incoming students from Naugatuck Valley Community College
Description: The scholarship covers in-state tuition and fees for two years and is awarded to an outstanding graduating Naugatuck Valley Community College student who has been accepted to WCSU. The scholarship is awarded for academic excellence with a minimum 3.3 GPA and commitment to the continued pursuit of higher education. NVCC students can apply by contacting NVCC Director of Counseling Barbara Williams at (203) 575-8234.

Webster Newmil Bank Scholarship
Open to all majors

Description: This fund was established by Newmil Bank. Full-time and part-time WCSU students are recommended by the Hord Foundation Scholarship Committee. Incoming freshmen are also eligible if they plan to attend WCSU and have a minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Continuing students are expected to have a higher GPA. Recipients must demonstrate the ability to achieve a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Secondary eligibility criteria includefinancial need, extracurricular activities and service to the community and university.

 


Websites for alternative scholarships

WCSU Alumni Association Scholarship
Alumni Association

Description: The WCSU Alumni Association awards this scholarship to students whose careers at WCSU reflect excellence in both academics and co-curricular activities. Please contact the alumni association at www.wcsu.edu/alumni/scholarships.asp Scholarships are awarded to full time undergraduate students, who have completed a minimum of 24 credits and a maximum of 90 credits and have a minimum 3.2 GPA.  Application deadline is February 28, 2014.

WCSU Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship
Graduate Studies & External Programs

Description: This award is given to a current graduate student.  This award is based on academic performance and financial need.  A minimum GPA of 3.5 and completion of a minimum of 9 credits at time of application is required.  A separate application is available online at www.wcsu.edu/alumni/scholarships.asp.  Application deadline is February 28, 2014.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship
Adult Learners

Description: This scholarship is offered by Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for adult learners.  A total of ten, $2200 scholarships will be offered.  Full application information is available online at www.alphasigmalambda.org/scholarship.php.  Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2014.

American Association of University Women Scholarship
AAUW Committee

Description: The Danbury area branch of the American Association of University Women offers the scholarship to a student who has successfully completed three years of college and is completing a bachelor’s degree at Western. An AAUW committee selects the recipient. A separate application is required and can be picked up from the University Events office. Please contact Helen Bechard at BechardH@wcsu.edu for more information.

Connecticut Minority Teacher Incentive Grant/Weisman Teacher Scholarship
Education

Description: Connecticut State Department of Higher Education Scholarships are awarded to minority juniors accepted into a Connecticut college and university’s teacher preparation programs. Visit www.ctohe.org/SFA for more information on all Connecticut State Department of Higher Education Programs.

The Danbury Garden Club Scholarship
Biological & Environmental Sciences

Description: This scholarship is awarded by the Danbury Garden Club to a full-time student studying plant biology, ecology, conservation or a related field. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have financial need. Application forms and additional requirement information can be obtained from the WCSU Office of Institutional Advancement or the Danbury Garden Club.

Alma Exley Scholarship

This scholarship program is intended to support and encourage persons of color in Connecticut who are committed to a career in public school teaching.  A scholarship award of at least $3,000 will be granted to an individual who has been admitted to a teacher-preparation program in a Connecticut college or university.  The application should be mailed to the Alma Exley Scholarship Program, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 74A Vine Street, New Britain, CT   06052.  Entries must be postmarked by October 31.  Students in a traditional teacher-preparation program should obtain an application form in September from the dean or director of the teacher-preparation program in which they are enrolled. Additional information is available from their web site, www.almaexleyscholarship.org and from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 860-229-6018.

Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

Church Hill Classics is sponsoring a scholarship called Frame My Future Scholarship Contest. The webpage for the scholarship is www.framemyfuture.com. The deadline for the contest is March 5. The scholarship is open to all full-time students (any major) who will be attending college for the 2014-2015 academic year.  To enter the contest students have to submit an entry that truly displays what they want to do in their personal and professional life after college. They should follow the theme: This is how I “Frame My Future”.

The Khalda Logan Inspiration Scholarship
Media Communications, Dance or Education

Description: The Khalda Logan Inspiration Scholarship is an annual scholarship to be awarded to a student who embodies the compassion, spirit and drive that Professor Khalda Logan-Eaton displayed throughout her life. Students must have a concentration in media communications, dance or education, a minimum of 60 credits, a 3.5 minimum grade point average and financial need. Applicants will be asked to read a biography about Logan-Eaton and respond in a 1,000-word essay to a question.

Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut, Inc. Scholarship
Justice & Law Administration

Description: The Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut, Inc. established this scholarship to be awarded to a junior/senior JLA major, see application form for details.

Rotary Clubs of Danbury College Scholarship

Description: The Rotary Clubs of Danbury award several scholarships each year, including one four-year scholarship to an incoming WCSU student. For more information on all the Rotary scholarships, visit http://www.danburyrotary.org.

May Sherwood Memorial Alumni Scholarship
Education

Description: The scholarship was established to honor May Sherwood, a WCSU alumna and former head of the education department, for her unselfish dedication to her profession and to her students. It is awarded to full-time undergraduate education majors with a minimum of 90 credits and a minimum 3.5 GPA. A separate application is required and is available online at www.wcsu.edu/alumni/scholarships.asp. Application deadline is February 28, 2014.

The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.)
Adult Learners

Description: This grant is available to provide financial assistance to "women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to resume studies due to changing demands in their lives".  Applicants are eligible to apply if they are a citizen of the U.S. or Canada, is studying in the U.S. or Canada, has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in their adult life, is within 24 consecutive months of completing their educational goal, and is not enrolled in a doctoral degree program. The maximum grant is $3000.  Interested candidates should submit their name and contact information to Lisa Peck at PeckL@wcsu.edu.  Deadline for submitting your name to be considered eligible is March 7, 2014.

ScholarshipExperts.com Scholarships

Description: ScholarshipExperts is a free matching service with a database of over 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion. For more information on these scholarships and how to apply, visit www.scholarshipexperts.com. The deadlines for these scholarships are listed on the given website.

StudentScholarships.org Scholarship

Description: StudentScholarships.org is a comprehensive database for students to view available scholarships. For details, please visit http://www.studentscholarships.org/2013scholarships.php. The deadlines for these scholarships are listed on the given website.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Description: A $500 grant for former foster youth is available from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of Norwalk-Stamford and The Cultured Pearl Foundation. You must provide proof of enrollment and evidence of foster youth status for at least 12 consecutive months in Fairfield County prior to your 18th birthday. In addition, an essay of no more than three pages, must be submitted by May 15 to The Cultured Pearl Foundation, 65 High Ridge Road, No. 437, Stamford, CT, 06905, attn: Social Justice & Human Rights Committee Chair. For information, contact andriannepayson@aol.com. Application

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