The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance to students who demonstrate strength of character, volunteerism, community involvement, and more. The funds can be used to cover the cost of tuition, books, and other educational expenses for the recipients. This scholarship is open to all Connecticut high school seniors attending a higher education program.


  • Must be a resident of Connecticut
  • To receive a scholarship award, students must be accepted into a higher education program
    • University, Colleges, and Technical or Trade Schools are acceptable.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 

Application Process:

  • Interested students should complete the application form (online or by requesting a PDF version), which is available on the scholarship fund website at
  • Applications should include the following with their submission:
    • Social Media Profile Handles 
    • Community service/volunteer information, including name of the organization and contact person for each  (up to 3) 
    • A personal statement/essay with no less than 500 words describing why you believe you deserve this scholarship
      • Your personal statement/essay should include how you exemplify the following characteristics: 
        • compassion
        • integrity
        • respect
    • High school transcript
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or employer (cannot be a relative or family member)
    • A personal video stating “What Dare Greatly Means to You.” 
  • The deadline for applications is April 15th of each year (This has been updated to May 1st 2024 due to FAFSA delays)
  • Applications can also be emailed to us at
  • Questions should be directed to

Selection Process:

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Dare Greatly advisory board 
  • The advisory board will select the recipients based on academic merit, character, and other factors such as community involvement and leadership potential
  • Decisions for 2024 will be made by May 15, 2024. This change is due to a delay in FAFSA announcements and a possible delay in financial aid.


  • All applicants will be notified via email after final decisions have been made
  • If you are awarded a scholarship, we will contact you directly to discuss the details for receiving funds, proper use of funds, etc.
  • Generally, the scholarships are presented at a school assembly or other event with your school’s leadership

Award Amount:

The Dare Greatly Foundation will award ten (10) one-thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships.

Contact Information:

For more information about the scholarship fund, please visit our website at or contact us at

We are committed to supporting the academic, personal growth, and character development of our recipients, and we look forward to receiving your application.change

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