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Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be United States citizens or permanent legal residents.
  • Be high school seniors who reside in Connecticut and attend public or private high schools or home school in Connecticut.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a record of community service.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $1,500 award. Up to five (5) awards will be granted each year. Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


The first 500 applications received will be opened and processed; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Interested students must complete the application and mail it in the same envelope with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship Management Services postmarked no later than April 1. Grade reports are not acceptable. Online transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment card is not received within three weeks, applicants may contact Scholarship Management Services to verify that the application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship Management Services.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of career and educational goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need is not considered. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and record of community service.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services. In no instance does Joe Lieberman or any other party play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the award decisions as final.

The first 500 applicants will be notified in early June whether or not they are recipients. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship Management Services processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund. Payment is made in one installment on August 15. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.


Recipients have no obligation to the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.


The Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

Postmark deadline: April 1, 2015

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