Our mission is to mobilize the local community to raise funds and award scholarships to make post-secondary education possible for deserving students.

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.


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The 2024 Scholarship Period is now Closed - Awards will be announced by the end of April!!

Awards Night is June 6, 2024 6pm













2023 Awards Ceremony

22 scholarships valued at $89,600 in were awarded at our ceremony held on June 7, 2023

The recipients are graduating from The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Wright Tech, Stamford High School and Westhill High School. Sixteen scholarships were sponsored by members of the community in the name of a company, organization or an individual. The Mayor of Stamford and the Superintendent of Public Schools were our guest speakers.  


Thanks to all of the wonderful supporters of our SD4S Corporate Challenge Series

We are delighted to report that more than $5,500 was raised for local scholarships from our SELLOUT Simulator Golf event at the beginning of this month.
A huge thank you to our title sponsor, the Shantz Mantione Group at UBS Private Wealth Management as well as our host ZStrcit @ Chelsea Piers, CT and our Food sponsor, Nikki Glekas Collective.
Also, congratulations to the team from Rocco V D'Andrea for retaining their title as Best Foursome. It's their smiling faces that you see in this picture!

Help Us Reach Our $1M Lifetime Impact Goal!

Help us Reach our $1M Lifetime Impact Goal!
In June of 2022, SD4S awarded 21 High School Seniors with our 2022 scholarships totaling $88,000. With your help and the support of people like you in our local community, we are trying hard to meet our annual target of $100,000 in 2023 scholarship awards. Achieving this will make our lifetime scholarship awards break the $1 Million barrier!

Thank you for helping support our local High School seniors make their dreams of further education a reality.

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We Awarded $88,000 at our
Ceremony held on June 8, 2022

21 applicants received scholarships, totaling $88,000. The recipients are graduating from The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford High School and Westhill High School. Eleven scholarships are sponsored by members of the community in the name of a company, organization or an individual. Criteria, scholarship amount and the term of the scholarship is set by the donor.



Shantz Mantione Group "Tee It Up" Corporate Challenge

Thank you very much for signing up to be a part of our SD4S fundraising event tomorrow evening. Please forward this to the golfers in your foursome.

Special thanks to The Shantz Mantione Group as our title sponsor, Merrill Lynch, Darien as our food sponsor and Rocco V D'Andrea, inc. as our Eagle sponsor.

We're looking forward to another night of "friendraising" with friendly competition and fun to raise money for scholarships benefitting local High School seniors!




Crane Fund for Widows and Children Present Check for $3,000

Crane Fund for Widows and Children presentation of the check for their $3,000 scholarship for 2023

 David McCall (left) by Danielle Kurkjian,
Manager Philanthropy, Sustainability and Equality Initiatives.


Stamford Dollars for Scholars is pleased to announce that the Crane Fund for Widows and Children has made a grant of $3,000 to be applied to their 2023 scholarships

The Trustees of the Trust known as the Crane Fund for Widows and Children are authorized under terms of the Trust documents to grant assistance to provide education as follows:

  • for needy and deserving widows and children of men who, at their death, have left their widows and children without adequate means of support or...
  • deserving wives and/or children of men upon whom they are dependent for support but, because of age or other disability, are unable or, for other reason, fail or neglect to adequately support their respective wives and/or children.

Terms and requirements for specific scholarships under this grant will be determined in January 2022 ahead of our scholarship application period.

The Crane Fund for Widows and Children was founded as a charitable trust in 1914 under the laws of the State of Illinois. The Fund provides grants to charitable agencies serving the needy and disadvantaged and to educational institutions in support of scholarships for financially needy students whose parents are deceased, or, for other reasons, are financially unable to provide for their children's education.

The Crane Fund for Widows and Children is administered in such a way that most contributions are channeled through the individual operating units of Crane Co. and its subsidiaries and are made to organizations serving the local communities of these operations. Crane Co., formerly a plumbing business, now manufactures highly engineered materials for aerospace and other industries. 

In 2020, the Crane Fund for Widows and Children and the Crane Foundation collectively disbursed approximately $2.3 million to more than 500 charitable organizations and educational institutions around the world.

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Announcing the First Dr. Irving Fradkin
Legacy Award Winner





In 1958, optometrist Dr. Irving Fradkin envisioned that if everyone in his community gave just one dollar to a scholarship fund, it would be enough to help every student in town attend college. From that simple but profound idea, Dollars for Scholars was born - and in 2020, to honor that vision, Scholarship America created our most significant Dollars for Scholars award to date: The Dr. Irving Fradkin Legacy Award.

Today, we are proud to announce the first ever Dollars for Scholars to be honored with the Fradkin Award is Stamford Dollars for Scholars!

Stamford Dollars for Scholars was chosen from a distinguished group of nominees in honor of its exemplary work in building community partnerships and providing impactful student support - a vital part of our mission to make a college education possible for all students. As part of this award, we will receive $10,000 from Scholarship America to advance our student support efforts.

Click below to see the moment Gary Freeman, past president and social media volunteer, was informed by Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America, that we had been selected for this award: 


Fradkin Video Image
Our past president BJ Bumactao was delayed in joining this announcement but was as happily shocked as Gary. With so many worthy Dollars for Scholars chapters to consider nationwide, it is heartwarming to know that the dedication put in by so many volunteers, donors and sponsors supporting our growing community has been recognized on a national level.

Our plan is to use these funds to develop our student outreach and provide supporting services in pursuit of continued education after high school graduation. Dr. Fradkin believed in community first and foremost. We will honor his legacy by assuring that we remain vigilant to that purpose.

You can get additional information by phoning 203-885-SD4S (7347) 


Our mailing address is P.O. Box 3559 Stamford, CT 06905


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