FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The 2014 Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund is open for applications from students across Fairfield County and the state.
Scholarship America announced that the fund, which assists outstanding high school seniors from Connecticut who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs, is open for its second year of student applications until April 1.
In 2013, five students each received a $1,500 scholarship award, renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned. For 2014, up to five more Connecticut high school students will be selected for this award.
“I am incredibly grateful to the people of Connecticut who gave me the extraordinary opportunities to serve in ways that I’d dreamed of since a college student myself,” said Lieberman, a former U.S. senator and state attorney general from Stamford, in a release. “The Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund is my way of saying thank you and giving back to Connecticut.”
To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents, be high school seniors who reside in and receive their high school education in Connecticut, plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a record of community service, according to the release.
“On the most basic level, this scholarship represents decreasing financial burden. It will allow me to graduate with less debt, and to be freer to pursue the career I am truly passionate about,” said Qiuyin Ren, a 2013 recipient from Ledyard High School at a press conference. “However, it is about so much more than the money. I’m extremely grateful to Senator Lieberman and his generosity, and I plan on creating such a fund in my future in hopes of giving back what I am so lucky to have received.
"I am extremely grateful and honored for the scholarship that, to me, is the passing of the torch of philanthropy from one generation of dreamers to the next.”
The application and additional information can be found at the Scholarship America webpage .