The Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund announced that five Connecticut students heading to college in the fall will be the 10th class of Lieberman Scholars to receive scholarships from the Fund. Additionally, 14 current college students who received scholarships beginning in their freshman year will have their scholarships renewed for their upcoming sophomore, junior, or senior year.
The five students who graduated from high school last month include Anmol Sapru, Cheshire High School, who plans to attend Duke University. He and all other winners will each receive $1,500 scholarships for their freshman year, which can be renewed for their sophomore, junior and senior years if they maintain a strong academic record.
“Higher education can lay the foundation for greater opportunity, enabling determined and inspiring young people to advance their education and realize their aspirations,” said former Senator Lieberman. “I am happy to support these students with this scholarship and salute their achievements. The scholarship allows me to express my continued appreciation to the people of Connecticut. And it reflects my confidence that these young people, along with former scholars, will excel in their academic studies and beyond, influencing the future of their local communities and our nation.
This year, the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund received 410 applications from students attending 160 high schools in 138 cities and towns across Connecticut. Since its inception before this incoming class, the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund has distributed $225,000 to 45 new recipients and 105 renewal students, who have attended 31 colleges and pursued 12 varied majors.
Applications were reviewed and assessed by a Scholarship America selection committee, based on factors including academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and professional and educational goals and objectives.
Financial need is not taken into account. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and have a history of community service.
The five 2021 student recipients, as well as student scholarship recipients who have just completed their second or first year, will each receive $1,500 for the upcoming academic year when they return to school at the fall. Five students, who were the sixth batch to receive the annual scholarships from 2018, graduated from their respective colleges this spring. The program started in 2013 and the first class of scholars graduated from university five years ago.
To be eligible, students must be high school seniors who reside in Connecticut and graduated from high school there, plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited college, university, or vocational-technical school two or four years for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a record of community service, and be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
Each year, up to five students are selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship, renewable for up to three additional years or until they complete a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first. Renewal is contingent on maintaining a 3.0 grade point average. Scholarships are for undergraduate studies only.
Sapru has been involved in several school clubs, with special interests in business, politics and geography. He has also worked as a tutor and is an avid swimmer. As co-captain of the swim team, he earned a spot on the All-Conference team and earned multiple top-10 finishes. He was also a candidate for the US Presidential Scholars program.
The scholarship is administered by Scholarship America, the largest designer and manager of scholarships, tuition assistance, and other educational support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. . Senator Lieberman used excess funds from his campaign fund to start the scholarship program, and additional funds were raised. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin, for full-time study at an accredited institution of choice students.
Applications for the 2023 scholarship will open in February 2023 and close in April 2023. Additional information will be available at https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/lieberman/.