College students and their families are finding it harder than ever to pay for school. Twenty Manchester students received some extra assistance when they were awarded a Robert T. Kenney Scholarship from the American Savings Foundation last week.
This year, the American Savings Foundation announced a total of $725,000 in scholarships – the most it has ever awarded – for 384 students from across central Connecticut. The scholarships are based primarily on financial need, and most of the students are the first in their families to go to college.
Manchester recipients are: Benjamin J Begin, Central Connecticut State University; Taylor Blodgett,Western Connecticut State University; Sania Choudhury, University of Connecticut; Tahmida Nusrat Choudhury, University of Connecticut; Andrea Clay,Central Connecticut State University; Alison D'Oleo-Lundgren, Boston University; Jose De La Espriella, University of Connecticut; Winona Francis,Drew University; Justine Jarvis, Eastern Connecticut State University; Huma Khan, University of Connecticut; Caritta Kwarko, University of Connecticut; Trisha Kwarko, University of Connecticut; Mariah Munroe, Central Connecticut State University; Leah Opito, University of Saint Joseph; Jesse Pirtel, University of New England; Nikitaben Shah, University of Connecticut; Sean Slattery, Boston University; Brendan Andrew Sullivan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Cynthia Tetteh, University Of Connecticut; and Elizabeth Thompson,University of Hartford.
“Our goal is to help as many students as possible, with award amounts that are large enough to make a real impact,” said Maria Falvo, COO of American Savings Foundation. “This scholarship is renewable, so over four years we typically may provide a total of around $8-10,000 for each student.”
The scholarship program was named in memory of Robert T. Kenney, whose original vision led to the creation of the American Savings Foundation. Kenney, the son of immigrants who instilled in their children the values of education and hard work, became a leader in the banking industry in Connecticut. He was chairman, president and CEO of New Britain-based American Savings Bank from 1991-2003. From his own experiences, Kenney understood the importance of making a college education affordable for the next generations of leaders.