Every year, hundreds of area students receive help paying for college with a Robert T. Kenney Scholarship from the American Savings Foundation. The Foundation expects to award $750,000 to up to 400 students for the 2014-2015 academic year. But the only way to be considered for a scholarship is to apply. And the time to apply is now.
“This scholarship is renewable, so most of our scholars receive support from the Foundation for all four years of college,” said Maria Falvo, Chief Operating Officer of the American Savings Foundation. “We want to help remove some of the financial worries that can keep hard-working students from achieving their dream of a college education.”
Across Connecticut and throughout the country, Robert T. Kenney Scholars are studying at 4-year colleges and universities, community colleges, and accredited technical programs. High school seniors, current college students, and nontraditional adult students may all apply. Scholarships are awarded primarily based on financial need, with consideration given to academic performance, community involvement, and other indications of a strong desire to achieve goals through education.
Applicants must live in one of the 64 Connecticut towns served by American Savings Foundation. Current high school seniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of their graduating class or have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Current college students must be maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher.
The application deadline is Monday, March 31, 2014. Applications can be submitted on the American Savings Foundation website at www.asfdn.org. The website also has links to other area scholarship programs as well as resources for learning about financial aid.
The scholarship program is named in memory of Robert T. Kenney, whose vision led to the creation of the American Savings Foundation in 1995. In the 18 years since, the Foundation has provided over $8 million in scholarships to 1,749 students. The American Savings Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment that also awards grants to area nonprofit organizations.
The foundation accepts scholarship applications from residents of any of the following 64 Connecticut towns: Andover, Ashford, Avon, Barkhamsted, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Chaplin, Chester, Clinton, Colebrook, Columbia, Coventry , Cromwell, Deep River , Durham, East Granby , East Hampton, East Hartford , Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Haddam, Hebron , Killingworth, Madison, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough , Meriden, Middlebury, Middletown, Naugatuck, New Britain, Newington, Old Saybrook, Oxford, Plainville, Portland, Prospect, Rocky Hill, Seymour, Simsbury, Southbury, Southington, Thomaston, Tolland, Torrington, Waterbury, Watertown, West Hartford, Westbrook, Wethersfield, Willington, Winchester, Windham, Wolcott, and Woodbury.
For more information, students and parents can call the foundation at 860.827.2556