Applications solicited for Kenney scholarships

Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:03
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN - The American Savings Foundation is accepting applications for its Robert T. Kenney Scholarship from current high school and college students as weel as nontraditional adult students who will enroll in college for the 2020-21 academic year.

“Our goal is to help reduce some of the financial stress that can keep hardworking students from finishing their degree,” said Maria Falvo, president & CEO of the American Savings Foundation.

Mellany Gomez, a New Britain resident who is finishing her senior year at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, majoring in music therapy, is one of the current Robert T. Kenney Scholarship recipients and has been utilizing the program since her senior year in high school.

“The financial burdens of college can sometimes be hard to bare,” said Gomez. “Receiving the Robert T. Kenney Scholarships has helped ease the stress as I pursue my goal of being the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree.”

Music has helped her find her voice during school, and she hopes to help children in the same way.

“Music gives you the power to push through those limits that a lot of people have and I really love to help people express themselves or get through different pain or recovery issues like, maybe, you had a stroke and you’re working on vocabulary again,” said Gomez.

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.

It is required that applicants live in one of the 64 Connecticut towns served by ASF.

As a current senior in high school, one must be ranked in the top third of your graduating class or have a 2.5 grade-point average or higher. Current college students must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.

“I do as much as I can scholarship-wise to pay for school,” said Gomez. “I’m doing the best that I can, I’m showing them I have the grades and that I not only just care about my grades I care about the community, as well, and they see that.”

The foundation is expecting more than $750,000 in support this year to over 375 new and renewing scholars who will be studying at a wide range of four-year colleges and universities, two-year colleges and accredited technical/vocational programs.

“In a recent analysis, we learned that Robert T. Kenney Scholars graduated with about 40% less debt than their Connecticut peers,” said Falvo. “Scholarships can make a big difference.”

The American Savings Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment that provides grants to local nonprofit organizations and college scholarships to area students. Since it was started in 1995, the foundation has distributed over $60 million in total grants and scholarships in Central Connecticut. The Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program has provided over $12.6 million to 2,472 students throughout its history.

Students can apply online at . Applications are due by March 31.

The foundation’s website also has a link to other area scholarship opportunities and answers to frequently asked questions about the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program.

For more information, call 860-827-2556 or visit the foundation’s website at .

Ciara Hooks can be reached at 860-801-5082 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:03. Updated: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:05.