Application Period for our local scholarships is now closed
We will begin evaluation this week and will be selecting the award recipients early in May.  We will be notifying the selected recipients during the week of May 9th.  We will only be contacting those applicants who receive awards. 
However, continue to visit for other scholarship opportunities. You can email us at if you have questions regarding any national scholarships listed through Scholarship America.

Stamford Dollars for Scholars fills a void in our community by providing scholarship assistance to high school graduates who live or attend high school in Stamford, and who want to pursue education beyond high school. We share a passionate belief that education changes the lives of individuals and communities for the better.

We were conceived around a simple idea: together we can step in and help local students achieve their educational goals. There's no greater gift we can give our student neighbors-in-need than access to the tools to create a brighter future. Doing so tells them that we take pride in their determination and share their dreams.

A great big Thank You to everyone who participated in this year's 2016 Fairfield County's Community Foundation Giving Day fundraiser - 24 hours to Give Where You Live.  On Thursday March 10th, our supporters raised $1,000 for our General Scholarship Fund. Congratulations to all of the non-profits who participated and our thanks to the Fairfield County's Community Foundation for holding this event.


Hashtags for Charity

Connecticut's Credit Unions donate $5,000 to Stamford Dollars for Scholars as part of a charitable social media competition

Photographed left to right: David Lucas, president/CEO, Stamford FCU; David Hinchey, director of community impact, Credit Union League of Connecticut; Cathy Drenckhahn, vice president of fundraising, Stamford Dollars for Scholars; Paul Dorner, Chairman, Connecticut Credit Union Charitable Foundation; Gary Freeman, President, Stamford Dollars for Scholars; Quynh Goodhouse, vice president of student affairs; Stamford Dollars for Scholars


Connecticut's Credit Unions announced this week that Stamford Dollars for Scholars was selected as the winner of a recent social media competition for $5,000. From October 1st through November 15th, Connecticut's Credit Unions asked local charities to rally their supporters and vote for them using the hashtag "CUsGIVEBACK" on various social media platforms. Dollars received the most votes, or uses of the hashtag, and was awarded $5,000 from the Connecticut Credit Union Charitable Foundation.

"We are so excited to be able to award Stamford Dollars for Scholars $5,000 on behalf of Connecticut's Credit Unions," said David Hinchey, director of community impact and executive director of the Connecticut Credit Union Charitable Foundation Inc. "Stamford Dollars for Scholars has a history of filling a void by providing scholarships to those who attend school in Stamford."

The foundation serves as the charitable arm of Connecticut's credit unions and targets organizations that make a difference in their respective communities.

"Giving back and having concern for the community is a core principle of the credit union structure," Hinchey said. "The support for Stamford Dollars for Scholars was amazing, garnering more than 4,000 votes."

"We are thrilled to be selected as the winner of Connecticut's Credit Unions social media competition for $5,000. It was a challenge competing with the many other worthy non-profit charities in CT and we'd like to acknowledge their participation," said Cathy Drenckhahn, VP of Fundraising for Stamford Dollars for Scholars. "On behalf of Stamford Dollars for Scholars I'd like to thank David Hinchey and Paul Dorner from the Connecticut Credit Union Charitable Foundation for their support of CT charities. With the proceeds, our plan is to establish a 2016 scholarship using the name Credit Unions Give Back," Drenckhahn added.

The social media contest provided a way to connect credit unions with non-profit organizations in their community. Word was spread through grassroots efforts and the contest caught on from there.

Stamford Dollars for Scholars event raises over
$35K for 2016 Scholarships for Stamford graduates

Stamford Dollars for Scholars (SD4S) fourth annual golf and dinner fundraising event on September 21st set the stage for the organization to provide educational scholarships to 2016 high school graduates from Stamford.  The C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Tee it Up For Scholars Golf Tournament raised over $35,000 - and beyond its financial success, attendees enjoyed perfect golf weather, incredible food, dinner entertainment featuring comic magician Bill Herz, and an overall day of great fun. 

Stamford Mayor David R. Martin attended the dinner to speak on the importance of the scholarships we provide to individuals in our community; many of whom are the first in their family to attend college and may not be able to further pursue education without a scholarship. In thanking the audience for their support of the scholarship fundraiser, Mayor Martin announced a proclamation of September 21, 2015 to be Stamford Dollars for Scholars Day for the City of Stamford.

Jumpstarting 2016 scholarships fundraising with the golf and dinner event, this year's event sponsors providing 2016 scholarships include The Whittingham Family Foundation, offering an $8,000 four-year scholarship.  In addition, $1000 scholarships will be provided by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Connecticut Business Systems, Eastern Land Management, Mezzapelle & Associates, Omnicom Capital and Stamford Health Foundation.

We wish to thank all of our participants, sponsors, donors and most important, our volunteers who all believe in the power of education and the need for organizations like Stamford Dollars for Scholars, who serve the local community.

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