44th Annual Greenwich Scholarship Association Scholarship Night Set for June 9 at GHS

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At the 2014 GSA awards night, Linna Yuen and Kerri Ann Hofer, members of the GSA committee, distributed programs. Credit: Leslie Yager

The Greenwich Scholarship Association (GSA) has announced that it has concluded its awards process and that scholarship recipients will receive their awards at the 44th Annual GSA Scholarship Night hosted at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, June 9th, at 7pm.

Each year, GSA awards need-based scholarships from local sponsors to students in an effort to bridge the gap between college costs and family ability to pay.

Financial need demonstrated by the Student Aid Report resulting from a FAFSA application is a prerequisite for consideration and matching with any scholarship from GSA.

This year, GSA will connect 114 students with scholarships from 110 sponsors totaling $545,584. The public is welcome to attend this exciting event.

The Greenwich Scholarship Association (GSA), an independent, all-volunteer organization offering financial needs-based college scholarships.

The work of GSA is done by 25 board members who give more than 1,500 volunteer hours each year to administering the application process, reviewing candidates and bestowing awards to approximately 120 students each year. GSA was started in 1972 with a small number of sponsors and students and has grown to more than $500,000 awarded annually from some 100 sponsors. In its 43 years, GSA has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to more than 5,000 students, supporting thousands of local families struggling to pay for college. More information can be found at www.greenwichscholarship.org.

GSA was founded in 1972 as an umbrella organization to support the administrative needs of nearly 30 disparate scholarship funds set up by local community organizations and families. Today, GSA manages scholarships from more than 100 sponsors and its own endowment of over $6.5 million. GSA provides a service without any fee for the identification of qualified recipients that are matched with a sponsor’s particular criteria. This is an advantage for local sponsors as an application process can be long and arduous. GSA offers a written application, requires a personal interview, and considers specific financial information per student. Awards are allocated based on individual review of each student’s costs, financial aid received and family ability to meet the tuition bill.

The sponsored awards administered by GSA include those established by local businesses, community organizations and town families. The Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Greenwich Jaycees, Old Timers Athletic Association and The Woman’s Club of Greenwich all sponsor awards as do local businesses including Chicken Joe’s, Steven B. Fox Jewelers, ONS and the law firm of Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara. Approximately 40% of GSA’s sponsored awards are memorial scholarships, established by families in memory of young people lost to illness, accident and even crime. One of the original GSA awards is the Martha Moxley Scholarship, which has been awarded each year since 1976.

Other memorial awards are given in honor of beloved educators, athletic coaches and Greenwich community leaders.

GSA 2014

Alleyha Dannett heads to the podium to receive a scholarship in 2014. Credit: Leslie Yager

Alleyha Dannett heads to the podium to receive a scholarship in 2014. Credit: Leslie Yager


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