NEW BRITAIN – The American Savings Foundation will be offering a special scholarship opportunity for New Britain students who will be enrolled in college for the 2021-2022 academic year.
This is part of ASF’s ongoing response to the covid-19 pandemic as students return to in-person learning at New Britain High School and other area high schools and colleges and prepare for the future. Many of these students may still be facing uncertainty about their college plans for next year and ASF is finding ways to help.
“Students and families in New Britain have faced tremendous disruption and stress this year,” said Maria Falvo, president and CEO. “This special scholarship opportunity is one of a number of ways that our board is trying to provide extra support as we all work our way through this unprecedented disruption.”
Students who are familiar with the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program at ASF will have no issue applying for this special scholarship as the application criteria is the same. Scholarships are awarded primarily based on financial need. Applicants’ academic performance, community involvement and other indications of a strong desire to achieve goals through education are looked at in the process for consideration. As a current high school senior, the applicant must be ranked in the top third of their graduating class or have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Current college student applicants must be maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher. All applicants must be a resident of New Britain, based on the address on their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
“Senior year for the graduating class of 2021 has been stressful, for many reasons,” said Heather Hokunson, program officer at the American Savings Foundation. “We hope that this special scholarship opportunity will help reduce some of the financial uncertainty that may keep a promising New Britain student from pursuing a college degree.”
ASF estimates that 20-25 scholarships of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to students who apply during this special application period. Students who receive the scholarship will be eligible to reapply for up to a total of four years under the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program. ASF is giving students until June 15 to apply, which will provide them time to work with their guidance and career centers on their application before the end of the school year.
The scholarship application is available online at asfdn.org, and must be submitted by the deadline.