Scholarship Stories

enews-image_newfooter-2014-web.jpgEvery year, private gifts help make higher education accessible and affordable for UConn students. In 2013, the Foundation provided approximately $8.4 million for scholarships and fellowships at the University, and donors responded to the difficult economic conditions by contributing $20 million in new gifts and commitments allocated for scholarships. The ultimate success of the University of Connecticut is the success of its students; as the stories below illustrate, scholarship and fellowship support helps UConn students reach their full potential.

To our donors, thank you! Please take a moment and tell us why you give to support scholarships at UConn

To UConn students who have received a scholarship, please tell us your story!


"As an aspiring music educator, my passion is to become not only the best teacher I can be, but the best musician I can be. This scholarship acknowledges the drive I have for music and supports my goals. I could not be more grateful." 

Sophia Koukoulas '16
Edward J.P. O'Connor Scholarship
Posted July 31, 2014


"UConn has given me the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed. The Ronald and Lucy Meoni Scholarship aids in continuing my education as I pursue my bachelor's degree in health care management. In order to make the most of my experience, I am involved in several activities: Leadership Legacy Experience, SUBOG and a new organization I started, the Honors in Business Association." 

Quian Callender '16
Ronald and Lucy Meoni Scholarship

Posted July 28, 2014


"The best part about my experience at UConn has been the successful athletic environment and the highly-regarded academics, which has been gratefully funded by the The Schwartz Family Women's Athletics Scholarship Fund."

Elaine Chuli '16
The Schwartz Family Women's Athletics Scholarship Fund

Posted February 7, 2014


"Along with helping me fund my education in the Eurotech program at UConn, this scholarship supports a major that combines engineering with international affairs. Language barriers are sometimes the hardest to overcome, so continuing my education in the German language with respect to engineering and overall culture will significantly help American relations with Germany. Without this scholarship, I would be in a much tougher position and might not be able to pursue my goal of helping America get on top of the world market again."

Travis Braisted '17
Allan Brian Glickstein Scholarship

Posted May 5, 2014


"My Rowe Scholarship has given me the opportunity to participate in a variety of summer programs at the UConn Health Center, including the Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program, Summer Research Fellowship Program and,for this summer, the MCAT/DAT Preparatory Program. I volunteer at both Windham Hospital and Generations Family Health Center and am a research assistant at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. I hope to do my Honors Thesis relating to one of the studies being done at CCMC."

Chevaughn Wellington '15
John and Valerie Rowe Health Professions Scholars Program

Posted May 5, 2014


"My time at UConn thus far has been amazing, I have not only enjoyed the volleyball program but the entire UConn family and this is all because of the Treibicki Family Endowed Scholarship that has given me these once in a lifetime opportunities."

Erika Thomas '16
Treibicki Family Endowed Scholarship

Posted January 29, 2014


"Receiving the Joseph B. Burns Scholarship has provided me the opportunity to attend and compete for one of the most well-recognized universities in the country."

Eric Yavarone '15
Joseph B. Burns Scholarship

Posted January 10, 2014


"This scholarship is allowing me to gain the skills and character values necessary to be able to succeed in the sciences. I am aiming to become a pathologist and am well on my way toward achieving that goal. I cannot thank you enough for the support this scholarship offers me, as there is no way my family would be able to fund my college experience. UConn is the perfect fit for me, and I am able to experience it thanks to the support of the scholarship."

Annabell Moquette '15
Leadership Scholarship

Posted January 6, 2014


"This scholarship has helped me so much and I hope that in the future I will be able to pay that help forward as I work to be the best audiologist I can be. I also hope that one day I will be able to be the support for someone else to grow and attain their dreams."

Torri Woodruff '15
Kollin DeNegre Memorial Scholarship

Posted December 27, 2013


"I absolutely adore UConn. What I love about UConn, and what I like about my UConn experience, is that there are so many opportunities available for students to participate in. I am personally involved in an array of activities, including SUBOG, the Choral Club, Big Brother Big Big Sister, and the Red Cross Club. The award I received covered my textbooks for the fall semester which was extremely helpful. Ultimately, I hope to graduate UConn with honors and move on to graduate school for political science, earn my PhD, and become a professor."

Briana Bardos '15
John G. Hill, Jr. and John G. Hill, III Fund
Political Science Excellence Award

Posted December 12, 2013


"UConn has given me the opportunity to excel with a great quality of education, abundance of extracurricular activities, and an amazing faculty. Throughout my UConn experience, I have met many amazing TA's and professors who give me the time of day despite the amount of students they teach. I have enjoyed being a member of the Honors Program, Area Council, Men's club volleyball team, and several honors societies I am especially excited to intern in the Office of Environmental Policy this upcoming fall. I have even had the opportunity to study abroad twice in the last year; I spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica this winter studying Sustainability and Renewable Energy and 2 months in Germany studying German Language, culture and history.The Russell Palen Scholarship has relieved some of the pressures of paying for all the activities I am involved in. Every extra dollar helps and scholarships, especially, make students feel that the University and community wants to see them succeed. I was proud to be able to receive this scholarship at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources's scholarship ceremony and am very thankful. I plan to use the opportunities and knowledge gained at UConn to help me reach my goals of becoming a green consultant. I am hoping to continue to travel the world while learning and gaining perspective. The Russell Palen Scholarship has made accomplishing my goals more affordable and I really appreciate the help."

Christopher Bruno '16
The Russell Palen Fund

Posted November 22, 2013


"I will be starting my second year as a Ph.D. student in the History Department. I work with Dr. Micki McElya researching 20th-century U.S. working women. My current project examines the appropriation of the lives and work of Southern textile mill workers as the role of Crystal Lee Sutton in the TWUA union becomes the movie "Norma Rae," which then becomes a shorthand reference in popular media. This process establishes a cultural reference that shapes America's understanding of work and union organizing. The generous funding allows me to continue my studies and to bring my unique perspective to the doctoral program. The study of history expands our understanding of the systems of the world, our nation's place in geopolitics, and the larger humanity of which we are all a part."

Aimee Loiselle '17
Recipient, Outstanding Scholars Program Fellowship

Posted August 27, 2013


"I was the lucky and grateful recipient of the Morrison Scholarship in 2012. I work at Saint Mary's Hospital as the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Returning to school was always on my wish list and I was thrilled to be accepted to UConn Waterbury in 2010. Receiving my BGS Degree will be the realization of a dream that I have held fast to for many years. Finally, when my children were grown I decided to take steps to realize that dream and I am so very happy I did! Returning to school has given me confidence in my abilities and has enabled me to grow personally. My determination and focus surprise even me. Returning to school at this age means that I really want to be there and want to absorb everything I can. The scholarship money helped immensely given that I have two children in college also. My hope is that my degree will help me become the best person and employee I can be. This is not only a professional goal but a personal one as well. The advisors and professors at UConn have been very supportive. I am proud to be a Husky! Thank you Marsha Rutherford Morrison for your generosity in helping a returning female adult student reach her dream"

Lisa Trusch '15
Recipient, Morrison Scholarship

Posted August 1, 2013


"After completing my second year at the University of Connecticut, I have experienced all the challenges of balancing school work, extracurricular activities, and a healthy lifestyle. This year I have been involved in a few clubs such as Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, Chemistry Club, and Nutrition Club. Thanks to this scholarship, I am able to attend the University of Connecticut and pursue my goals of working in the nutritional science field. I am very appreciative to be given this opportunity."

Julia Boldy '15
Recipient, Samuel J. Orr Scholarship

Posted July 21, 2013


"Thank you so much for your generous donation. I am having the time of my life at UConn being a part of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) Society. I will put this donation to good use and continue to excel in my academics."

Ben Sharpe '15
Recipient, Accenture Scholarship for Business and Engineering Students

Posted June 28, 2013


"This financial support has made a difference for me because it is a little less money that I will have to worry about paying in the future. Though I am currently undecided for a major, I will do my best in the classroom and continue to explore the various academic options and opportunities that UConn has to offer me. Thank you once again."

Wesley Hopkins '16
Recipient, Prince Hall Masonic Scholarship

Posted June 28, 2013


"This scholarship gave me so much hope and a better chance of accomplishing my dream--to graduate debt-free! This gives me even more confidence and even more of a reason to do exceptionally well in my academics knowing that i have support from other places outside of my own home. I plan to be involved in many extracurricular activities at UConn Stamford as the opportunities are presented to me, especially those which go to a good cause. My goal is to complete my bachelors in the field of business, and I am also considering attending graduate school to receive my MBA. I consider this scholarship to be a true blessing; a good deed such as this should not be unrecognized and I thank you deeply for the support."

Shaanan Domschine '16
Recipient, General Re Endowed Scholarship

Posted June 25, 2013


"My experience at the University of Connecticut so far has been incredible. I've been in the school for only a year and I am extremely proud that I am a UConn student. What I like most about the school is the variety of activities one can get involved in and the diversity of people. I was honored to be accepted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Society, and also the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. That in itself made my first year in college remarkable. I hope to be able to continue studying at UConn and finish my Finance major. That for now is my most important goal. The financial aid that this award has given me is of tremendous help. I greatly appreciate the help you have given me so far. Your generosity means a lot to me."

Dayana Peykova '15
Recipient, Bank of America Scholarship and Janet M. and Leo B. Hansen Scholarship Fund

Posted June 17, 2013


"My career goal is to become the Director of Marketing at a professional sports arena or for a professional sports team. In order to help me fulfill this goal I am participating in extracurricular activities such as the Sports Business Association and the Marketing Society, in addition to my regular collegiate studies. With this preparation, I know I can become a passionate, hardworking, and successful employee no matter where I end up in the work force. Through the support of generous donors like yourself, this scholarship will help relieve some of the financial burden for myself and my family. Thank you!"

Ryan Probst '15
Recipient, William P. Lockwood Jr. '58 Memorial Scholarship

Posted May 24, 2013


"UConn has the school spirit, excellent academics, diversity, and for an in-state student, an affordable tuition. Any amount of financial support helps my family. I have a 15 year old brother who will be going to college soon too, and this scholarship will definitely help my parents. My goals are to make the Dean's List at UConn throughout my four years there. I also would love to transition from UConn Stamford to the UConn Storrs campus as soon as possible."

Angelica Daguplo '16
Recipient, General Re Scholarship

Posted May 20, 2013


"So far, my time at UConn has been an excellent experience and one of the main reasons I chose to attend UConn was because of its affordability to myself and my family. The scholarship that I received this past fall helped me enormously. My goal is to graduate with little to no debt and this scholarship has taken me one step closer to making that a reality."

Matthew McCann '17
Recipient, 25th Reunion Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund

Posted May 3, 2013


"I just wanted to let you know that your fund has enabled me to present the work I am carrying out: researching pathogen and herbivory defense in tomatoes. I love showing other scientists what scholarship and accomplishments we have made. I hope that my work may one day help farmers protect their tomato crops (and perhaps eggplant, pepper, and other solanaceous plants) from disease and damage due to insects. Being able to attend conferences also advances my understanding of cutting edge science from which I can learn new techniques and developments."

Alice Zelman '15
Clifford R. Burr Memorial Scholarship Fund

Posted January 7, 2013


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