Undergraduate Scholarship

The 2024 CHESLA Scholarship application for students pursuing an undergraduate degree is now open!  Apply Now

In order to apply for this scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a resident of the State of Connecticut
  • Be an undergraduate student for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025, enrolled at least half-time
  • Be enrolled and attending an eligible Connecticut state or non-profit, degree granting institution of higher education in the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant per the student’s most recent FAFSA submission in 2024-2025
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Not be in default on any CHESLA loans

Scholarships will be awarded in July and checks will be sent directly to the college or university in September 2024. Students attending on at least a half-time basis may receive up to $1,500 and full-time students may receive up to $3,000. Amounts awarded will depend on student’s financial need and cost of program.

The applicant will be required to enter the email address of one academic, professional, or extracurricular reference to supply a letter of recommendation.

The application and all required documents must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM EST on May 15, 2024.
04/15/24 Note: Deadline extended from May 1st to May 15th.

Please email scholarships@chesla.org if you have any questions.


  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Connecticut College
  • Connecticut State Community College
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Fairfield University
  • Goodwin University
  • Hartford Seminary
  • Holy Apostles College
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Mitchell College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer at Hartford
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • The Graduate Institute
  • Trinity College
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hartford
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Saint Joseph CT
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Yale University