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.

Alumini Corner is a feature of our website where we will post emails and updates from our scholarship recipients.

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Over $35,000 Raised for Scholarships!


Tee It Up for Scholars
Golf and Dinner Fundraiser

September 26, 2016

We want to thank everyone who attended our rescheduled golf and dinner fundraiser.  It was a glorious day with plenty of award winning shots.  The evening was just as memorable with special guest Ryan Oakes, entertaining the crowd with his magic and illusion.  Thanks to Mike Zody, Patty Brown and the staff at Zody's 19th Hole for a great menu and venue.  We also want to thank Mike Sullivan and his staff at E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course as well as Bryan Nixon, Asst. Pro, for his help during the tournamant.


On June 16, 2016 we held our fifth annual scholarship awards ceremony at the University of Connecticut-Stamford.  This year, twenty-nine local high school graduates received scholarships, which is the most awarded in any year.  Since its inception, Stamford Dollars for Scholars has awarded scholarships to 107 local high school graduates valued at $357,000.

The 2016 scholarship recipients include high school graduates from Stamford High, Trinity Catholic, Westhill, Stamford Academy, Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, King Low Heywood Thomas, and Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall. For the first time, every high school in Stamford was represented.


The following students (listed alphabetically) received scholarships:

Carolina Amigo, Tanusri Balla, Nicholas Bellusci, Mariana Bueno, Susana Cevallos, Shawn DiPietro, Alexandra Encarnacion, Shayla Farrow, Yveneed Francois, Julianna Goldfluss, Eric Hett, Natalie Hett, Nikhita Jaaswal, Nicole Jain, Samuel Kim, Jenna Lewis, Emilio Loret de Mola, Shaina Lubliner, Mary McMullen,Ameya Phansalkar, Namrata Ramakrishna, Nataliya Savchuk, Nicole Senerchia, Robert Shtufaj, Karol Suchowiecki, Jasminara Uddin, Emily Yamron, Matthew Yang, Sarah Zsembik

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Super Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Fundraiser

Held to Benefit Stamford Dollars for Scholars

On Thursday May 5, 2016 over 230 supporters of Stamford Dollars for Scholars raised over $11,000 at the inaugural Super Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser hosted by SD4S and The Tarzia Group. Held at the Italian Center in Stamford, the night began with a performance by a Mariachi group seranading the attendees as they sipped Margaritas, sampled selected wines and tequilas and purused the many silent auction and raffle items. Following a great Mexican Buffet dinner, the attendees were introduced in a video to several SD4S recipients from our class of 2012, who are now completing their four year college experience. The rest of the evening was filled with dance, some highly competitive bidding at the silent auction table and plenty of picture taking at our photo booth.

Stamford Dollars for Scholars wants to thank our sponsors: Bevmax, Casamigos Tequila, Callari Auto Group, The Tarzia Group and Beldotti Bakery for their contributions to support this event.  We also thank all of the donors for our raffle and auction items and all those who contributed to making this event a huge success.  But most off all, thanks to all who attended and through your gernerosity are supporting Stamford students who are dreaming of attending college.


2016 Stamford Dollars for Scholars Video 


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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