The following piece was submitted by Jeff Alpert, the president of the New Haven Scholarship Fund.
The New Haven Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that it has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to graduates of New Haven Public Schools.
Two hundred eleven students representing every public high school in the city were awarded $326,000, and students who applied for continuing scholarships were awarded an additional $76,000.
The all volunteer Board of Directors is extremely grateful to all the generous people who value the work that NHSF does for our New Haven community. We all feel sad that the annual Award Ceremony was unable to take place due to COVID-19. Sadly we miss meeting the recipients and their family members as together we honor our scholarship recipients.
For 60 years the New Haven Scholarship Fund has provided in excess of $11 million to over 10,600 deserving graduates of New Haven Public Schools. NHSF scholarships continue to provide the financial support that helps young men and women from our city pursue their dreams.
The New Haven Scholarship Fund was founded in 1959 by Jean Lovell, a teacher at Hillhouse High School. She realized that she was working with students who had the potential to succeed in college, but lacked the financial resources to pursue those opportunities. Her belief in her students was the seed that grew into the New Haven Scholarship Fund. With $400 in donations from friends and $400 that she and husband contributed, she was able to send eight of her students to Southern Connecticut State University for a full year.
This year, with the generosity of hundreds of donors including the Community Foundation and the Seedlings Foundation, the New Haven Scholarship Fund continues the work of supporting the students of the class of 2020.
We are grateful to all those who have a strong belief in the work of the New Haven Scholarship Fund. We believe that supporting our New Haven students who have strong academic potential and limited financial resources is critical to the growth and well being of our New Haven community. It is important to emphasize the fact that every dollar donated to NHSF goes directly to those who benefit most, our New Haven Public Schools graduates who often struggle financially in their pursuit of their post high school education.
A public recognition of the achievements of the New Haven Scholarship recipients is in the planning stages.
Please visit our website at www.newhavenscholarshipfund.org
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