Fifteen New London High School seniors were notified on Friday by State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier that they had each won a $2,500 scholarship from the Connecticut Higher Education Trust.
Last month, more than 100 New London students applied for $500,000 in CHET Advance Scholarship funds, which aim to help 200 high school seniors in Connecticut meet the rising costs of college. Two categories of seniors were created: those attending Review and Turnaround schools, and those attending all other public, private and parochial high schools.
"The challenges of financing a college education are daunting enough. Add to that our economy's slow recovery, and we know that many Connecticut families are struggling to provide a solid future for their children," Nappier said in a press release announcing the opening of the scholarship's first round last month. "For students with the drive to attend college, CHET Advance offers them an opportunity to realize their dream. It will assist students to go as far as their talents will take them."
One hundred scholarships in the amount of $2,500 in each of the two categories will be awarded and winners of the scholarships were chosen at through a random drawing. A second round of CHET Advance scholarship awards will take place in the spring of 2014.
"We are extremely proud of our scholars that earned the CHET scholarship," high school Principal Tommy Thompson said Monday. "I credit our Career Center and Guidance Counselors for helping students navigate the scholarship application process and aggressively helping students pursue the scholarship."
New London High School guidance counselors have been invited to attend the 2013 CHET Advance winners' ceremony next Wednesday in the Legislative Office Building. A reception in the second floor atrium will follow the ceremony.