Each year, Derby High School awards scholarships and prizes to the graduating seniors on behalf of many local organizations and sponsors. In addition, students may apply for other local scholarships through the guidance office. For more information or an application for the following scholarships, please stop in the guidance office. Please pay close attention to DEADLINES.

Derby Public Library Annual Scholarship Prize

Deadline:  April 1, 2020

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

The Derby Public Library is now accepting submissions for its annual scholarship prize of $500.  It is open to all high school seniors living in Derby, who are planning to further their education.

The Library Board of Director will choose the winner based on an essay explaining the role of libraries in their life.

Submit your entry to the Library Director. 

2020 Workers' Memorial Day Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline:  April 1, 2020

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

Students must fill out an application and answer a prompt with an essay.  All information can be found here:  2020 Worker's Memorial Day Essay

Derby-Shelton Rotary Club Scholarships

Deadline:  May 5, 2020

Martin Chromik/Cas Turaj Scholarship - $8000
President Scholarship - $1000
Robert W. Dickgiesser Scholarship - $1500
Edward Handi Scholarship - $1500

Please view the following document for an overview and criteria for each scholarship:

Rotary Club Scholarship Overview

Please use the following link to download the application:

Rotary Club Scholarship Application

20th Annual Quinton Johnston Statewide High School Essay Contest

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be in grades 9-12.
  • Entry must be student's original work.  Any passages paraphrased or quoted from other sources must be references in a "Work Cited" page.
  • Must be submitted through the school.
  • Essay must be approximately 1000 words in length.

Deadline:  February 21, 2020

Essay topic prompt and full contest rules can be found here: "Immigration Situation" Essay

GIRLS Scholarship - Empower Her, Inc.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Resident of a town in New Haven County
  • High School Senior Girl accepted into a college/university
  • GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Extracurricular participation
  • Community service

​Deadline:  March 31, 2020

The application can be found at:  GIRLS Scholarship

100 Years of Women Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to women's issues through service to their community or school
  • Planning to attend UCONN in the Fall of 2020
  • Be in need of financial aid.
  • Demonstrate high academic performance.

Application Deadline:  February 28, 2020


  • Award ranges from $750-1000
  • Students must complete the application available here:  100 Years of Women Scholarship
  • Enclose two letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on their commitment and service to women's issues.
  • Enclose a resume
  • Enclose an unofficial transcript
  • Mail all documents to:  UConn Women's Center, 2110 Hillside Road, Unit 3118, Storrs, CT 06269-3118

Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education, Inc.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school senior or GED equivalent
  • Limited to Latinx students from Connecticut
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • Full list of requirements and details can be found here:  CALAHE Scholarship.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2020

See your guidance counselor with any further questions.

High School Heisman Scholarship 2019

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:  

  1.  High School Heisman® scholarships will be awarded to State Winners, National Finalists and National Winners. All scholarship winners must meet all the rules of the High School Heisman application process.
  2. Scholarship winners can attend any accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarship is not restricted to any specific institution.
  3. Scholarship winners must plan to be enrolled full time (a minimum of 12 hours per semester or quarter) for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.


  1. Scholarships are not renewable and are for one year only.
  2. Scholarship funds may only be used toward educational expense: tuition, books and fees.
  3. The one-time award stipend will be paid in one installment for a full academic year. The check will be issued to the college/university and mailed directly to the student at the beginning of the support period. The student will be responsible for forwarding the check to their college/university.
  4. Other awards may be accepted by recipients of  High School Heisman scholarships. There will ordinarily be no objection to the acceptance of additional awards.
  5. If the recipient does not enroll for the 2020-2021 academic year, the unused portion of the funds will be forfeited. Any funds forfeited will be returned to the High School Heisman program.
  6. Exceptions may be considered on an individual basis if the forfeiture stems from illness, hardship, family tragedy, or similar reasons and is solely the decision of the  High School Heisman program.
  7. The High School Heisman program reserves the right to alter scholarship funds distribution as needed.
  8. Should a scholarship recipient choose to delay schooling and pursue military service, funds may be deferred for educational use at later time. Requests must be made in writing to  High School Heisman (email is acceptable), must detail the time period of deferral and must be approved in advance. All deferral requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the  High School Heisman program.
  9. Further questions about scholarships, eligibility and athletic compliance can be addressed by contacting the Heisman High School Scholarship program at or call 800-205-6367.   

The Vera H. and William R. Todd Foundation Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: The Vera H. and William R. Todd Foundation was created “ give primary consideration toward helping residents of Shelton and further their academic or professional fields...”.

  1. The Applicant must be: a) a current resident of Derby or Shelton, Connecticut, with continuous residence of a minimum of four years; b) a high school graduate or high school senior planning to attend college.
  2. Recipients are eligible to re-apply for all four years of college. Re-applicants must call in order to receive a re-application.

Application Deadline:  May 1st, 2020


  1. Complete the application in detail - answer all questions; print or type, date and sign. Please present to parents or guardian to review and sign.
  2. Each application is reviewed on the basis of financial need, scholastic ability, and extra-curricular involvement.
  3.  You must request that your high school mail a transcript of your academic record, including class standing, and a complete record of your SAT scores to the Trustee. Also, if you are a college student, please have an official college transcript sent to the Trustee. The preferred transcript is for a full year; however, if not available until after MAY 1, request a transcript for grades to date. Unless prior arrangements are made with the Trustee, any applications without an
    official transcript, as of MAY 1, will be considered incomplete. 
  4. Please include a copy(ies) of the income tax returns for each parent. ( Page one and Page two of the 1040/ 1040A + Schedule C if either parent is self-employed).
  5. All correspondence, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts should be sent to the Trustee at the address below.
  6. Please contact Janneth Achury at 860-244-4861 or Amy Lynch at 860.244-4870 with any questions regarding the application process.

Bank of America, Trustee
101 East River Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108


Connecticut State USBC Association 2020 Scholar of the Year Award

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Applicant shall be USBC member that holds a current youth membership OR at least one of the applicant's parents OR grandparents is currently a sanctioned member of the CT State USBC Association as of November 1 of the current year.
  • Applicant shall be entering an institution of higher learning in the summer or fall semester following graduation from a Connecticut high school.
  • The top five overall candidates will be required to attend an interview.

The application packet must include the following:

  • Scholarship application completely filled out.
  • Letter from applicant expressing interest in scholarship award.
  • All schools applied to and accepted.
  • Organizations, clubs, sports, etc., in which you have participated in school or outside of school.
  • Any awards or scholastic honors received during high school.
  • Offices held in these organizations and any honors or award you have received.
  • Hobbies and special interests.
  • Employment, if any.
  • Future goals and plans.
  • Additional information you consider pertinent.
  • School profile should be included with application.
  • At least one personal letter of recommendation must be submitted.
  • Official transcript of grades including first semester grades.

Application Deadline:  March 18, 2020


  • Two $1,000 awards to be given.
  • See Guidance for application.

Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • maintained a 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • must be enrolled in a fully accredited secondary school
  • must be intending to pursue a career in the field of education

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2020


High School Super Senior Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Applicant must be a high school senior that has applied or has been accepted to a full-time program at a two-year or four-year college, vocational, technical, or private career institution. Institution must be listed here:
  • Must be at least 16 years old. 
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Upon selection, the applicant will have to verify they have been accepted to a program.


​Application Deadline:  July 3rd, 2020



OppU Achievers Scholarship

The question you must submit a short response to is:  "What makes you an achiever?"

To apply,submit a short response at scholarship is awarded four times a year,with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30. To be eligible,students must be a U.S.citizen and have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

The James L. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Resident of Connecticut enrolling in a post-secondary curriculum of silviculture or forest resource management.
  • Transcript must be sent from school.
  • Winners are expected to maintain contact with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.
  • Applicants should submit their application with an essay explaining his/her interest in pursuing a career in Forestry or Forest Management.

To apply:

James L. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship
Connecticut Forest and Park Association
16 Meriden Road
Rockfall, CT 06481-2961

Deadline: March 20, 2020

Justin Wisniewski Firefighters Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be either a firefighter, or the spouse, child, sibling, or grandchild of a firefighter.
  • Basis of the scholarship is volunteerism, whether it is for the Fire Department, the Lions Club, the Boy Scouts, Church, or helping friends and family.

Visit the following link for more information and to download the application:  Firefighter Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2020

New Haven County Tax Collectors' Association Annual Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • resident of New Haven County
  • senior in high school
  • in good standing in school
  • planning to continue his/her education
  • he or she and anyone residing in their residence is current in his or her tax obligations


Applicants must write a one-page essay on the topic of "how state and local taxes can affect my education".

Application can be found here:  Tax Collector Scholarship

Deadline:  March 1, 2020

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