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CHESLA is excited to announce that its annual scholarship program will distribute $543,000 in financial assistance among 188 Connecticut students for the 2021-2022 academic year!

The awardees represent 80 Connecticut towns and cities and 20 Connecticut colleges and universities. Congratulations to all of the recipients!


The 2021 CHESLA Scholarship application for students pursuing an undergraduate degree is now closed!
Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available in March 2022.

To qualify, a student must:

  • Be a resident of the State of Connecticut
  • Be enrolled at least half-time
  • Be enrolled and attending an eligible Connecticut state or non-profit, degree granting institution of higher education
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $6,000 or less per the student’s most recent FAFSA submission
     *required for undergraduate degree scholarships only
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
        *required for undergraduate degree scholarships only
  • Not be in default on any CHESLA loans


Scholarships remain available for students pursuing a healthcare or manufacturing certificate for the current academic year. Apply Now

Please email if you have any questions. 

Eligible Connecticut Institutions

  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Asnuntuck Community College
  • Capital Community College
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Connecticut College
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Fairfield University
  • Gateway Community College
  • Goodwin University
  • Hartford Seminary
  • Holy Apostles College
  • Housatonic Community College
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Manchester Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Mitchell College
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Northwestern Community College
  • Norwalk Community College
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer at Hartford
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • The Graduate Institute
  • Three Rivers Community College
  • Trinity College
  • Tunxis Community College
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hartford
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Saint Joseph CT
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Yale University