Scholarships

Each year, Derby High School awards scholarships and prizes to the graduating seniors on behalf of many local organizations and sponsors. In addition, students may apply for other local scholarships through the guidance office. For more information or an application for the following scholarships, please stop in the guidance office. Please pay close attention to DEADLINES.


CSTA/ACM Cutler-Bell Scholarship

Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022, at 9 a.m.

$10,000- Award submitted to the university the student attends.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Live in the United States

  • Be a graduating high school senior at an accredited school

  • Plan to continue studying computer science

  • Create an original computational artifact (e.g., program) submit to: Cutler- Bell Prize


Lockheed Martin STEM/Vocational Scholarship

Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022

$10,000- Award 200 recipients

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen

  • High school senior OR high school graduate (or GED equivalent)

  • Have not earned a bachelor’s degree prior to the 2022-23 academic year.

  • Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll part- or full-time at one of the following types of accredited institutions: vocational technical school, trade school, two-year community college or state college.

  • Be pursuing an associate’s degree, credit-bearing certificate or an industry-recognized credential, in one of the STEM fields of study, with an anticipated completion date no earlier than December 2022 and no later than June 2025.

For application and more information, click here: Lockheed Martin STEM/Vocational Scholarship


Educator' Legacy Scholarship

Deadline: Admission to McDaniel College pursuing a degree as an K-12th Educator

$30,000 awarded per semester (Over award $100,000+)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior

  • Undergraduate transfer students who enter McDaniel College for the first time and who have not yet attained a bachelor's degree

  • Parent or guardian must meet educator eligibility requirements and a completed Eligibility Form must be received by McDaniel College.

For application and more information, click here: Educator's Legacy Scholarship

NC Scholarships

Deadline: January 31, 2022

$ 2,000- 12 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior with the United States

  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5

For more application and more information, click here: NC Scholarships

Big Y Scholarships programs

Deadline: February 1, 2022

$ 5,000- $10,000- Several Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student’s permanent residence or school must be located within Massachusetts or Connecticut.

  • Applicant must not be a prior Big Y Scholarship recipient

  • Applicant is a Big Y Customer or Dependent of a Big Y Customer


For more application and more information, click here: Big Y Scholarships programs

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2022

$ 10,000- 200 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior within the United States

  • Have a minimum GPA 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For more application and more information, click here: Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarship

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards

Deadline: February 7, 2022

$ 4,000- 300 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior

  • Be a child or grandchild of an Elks member.

For more application and more information, click here: Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards

McDonald's HACER Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 7, 2022

$ 100,000- 30 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior that is younger than 21 years old

  • Have a minimum GPA 2.8

  • Must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage.

For more application and more information, click here: McDonald's HACER Scholarship Program

Linda S. Montross New Latin Educators Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2022

$ 2,000 - 16 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior or undergraduate, or enrolled in a master's degree program.

  • Planning to teach Latin at the K-12 levels.

For more application and more information, click here: Linda S. Montross New Latin Educators Scholarship

Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 16, 2022

$50,000 - 9 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating high school senior who plans to enroll as a full-time first-year student in pursuit of a four-year bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in United States.

  • Be a senior in high school with a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Rank in the top 20% of their class.

For more application and more information, click here: Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships

Deadline: February 20, 2022

2- Awards given at $5,000 and 1- Award given at $10,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a senior in high school in the United States.

  • Have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities.

For application and more information, click here: Vegetarian Resource

Smart Owl Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2022

$7,000- 12 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a senior in high school in the United States.

  • Be 16 years if age or older and be enrolled in college or registered in a high school

For application and more information, click here: Smart Owl Scholarship

DAV Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2022

$30,000; $20,000; $15,000; $10,000; $7,500 2- Awards; and $5,000-4 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Awarded to any volunteer who is age 21 or younger and has volunteered for a minimum of 100 hours through DAV or DAV Auxiliary.

  • Volunteer hours can be accumulated at a VA medical center, and/or the Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP). Hours must be credited to Disabled American Veterans.

  • Any accredited institution of higher learning; to include universities, colleges, community colleges, vocational schools, etc.

  • Recipient attaining the age of 25, or within 6 years of receiving the scholarship, whichever is later.

  • Nominations for this award may be submitted by the applicant, Voluntary Service Program Managers at VA medical centers, members of DAV departments and chapters, or friends and family.

For application and more information, click here: DAV Scholarship


Women's Cyber Security Scholarships

Deadline: February 28, 2022

$1,000 to $6,000 - Up to 10 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance.

  • Be a senior in high school with a GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

  • For application and more information, click here: Women's Cybersecurity


Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2022

$1,000 - 2 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a woman planning on studying agriculture leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine, or any other courses directly related to agriculture.

For application and more information, click here: Daughters of American Agriculture


Howard Jennings Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2022

$500 One-Time Award

  • CT Resident, High School Senior

  • One-time scholarship for CT student high school that has been accepted by UConn, majoring in plant science/horticulture.

  • Or must be accepted in a course of study beneficial to the Horticultural industry.

For application and more information, click here: Howard Jennings Scholarship

Lud and Marie Hoffman Scholarship


Deadline: March 1, 2022

$5,000 per semester

  • CT Resident, High School Senior

  • Must be accepted and studying in college level, Horticultural studies.

  • Must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in college

  • Must be a resident of the State of Connecticut

  • May attend either in state or out of state institutions

For application and more information, click here: Lud and Marie Hoffman Scholarship


Michael Johnson Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2022

$2,500 per semester

  • CT Resident, High School Senior

  • The student does not need to show financial need to qualify for this scholarship.

  • To continue to qualify for this scholarship, the student must pass and report to CNF about their progress via a presentation at a winter or summer meeting, a written essay, or a video.

  • May attend a 2- or 4-year institution or trade school.

For application and more information, click here: Michael Johnson Scholarship

National Italian American Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2022

$12,000 - 200 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education on a full-time basis for the Fall 2022 semester.

  • Have a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

For more application and more information, click here: National Italian American Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

Deadline: March 1, 2022

$5,000 - 1 Award

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a high school senior with a grade point average of 3.0 or better who is preparing to enter college and intends to become a journalist who will bring diversity to U.S. journalism.

For application and more information, click here: Journalism Diversity

Margaret S. Watley Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2022

$20,000 - 10 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a high school senior attending school in the Greater New Haven area and vicinity.

  • Must intend to pursue a career in Education.

  • Must have a grade point average of 2.75 (C+) or better.

  • Must submit the application complete with the secondary school report, an official transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a one to two-page essay

Any questions should be emailed to Shannon Kemp, Director of Education at: directorofeducationecc@gmail.com.

SEG Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2022

$10,000 - 150 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a high school senior planning to attend college next year.

  • Be intending to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics.

For application and more information, click here: SEG Scholarships

Isidore Wise Scholarship

Deadline: March 11, 2022

$10,000- 6 awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current/Former patients of Connecticut Children's who will have completed high school by summer of 2022

  • Will be attending their first year of college in fall 2022.

For application and more information, click here: Connecticut Children's Foundation

American Foreign Service Association Scholarship

Deadline: March 14, 2022

$5,000- 77 awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior Graduating in 2022

  • Be a child of a Foreign Service Employee

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.

For application and more information, click here: American Foreign Service Association Scholarship

Justin Wisniewski Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2022

  • Be a current firefighter in Connecticut,

  • The child, step child, sibling, spouse or grandchild of a Southington Firefighter

  • The child, step child, sibling, spouse or grandchild of a firefighter in another city or town in Connecticut.

***The plan is to award the scholarship in June 2022.***

For application and more information, click here: Justin Wisniewski Firefighters Scholarship

Horatio Alger State Scholarship

Deadline: March 21, 2022

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)

  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)

  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities

  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0

  • Be a United States citizen

For application and more information, click here: Horatio Alger Scholarship

Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2022

$20,000 - 2 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a high school senior accepted to an accredited four-year college, university, or equivalent.

  • Be from a low-income household.

For application and more information, click here: Beyond the Boroughs

BMW Engineering Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2022

$6,000 - 1 Award

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Rank in the 90th percentile in both math and critical reading on SAT I or composite ACT scores.

  • Pursue an engineering or related science degree through an ABET accredited program.

For application and more information, click here: BMW Engineering

New England Newspaper and Press Association Scholarship

Deadline: March 18, 2022

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a resident of New England

  • Be a senior in high school planning on attending a college in the fall with a concentration in journalism or related field.

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above

For application and more information, click here: Journalism

New Haven County Tax Collectors' Association Scholarship

Deadline: March 18, 2022

$3,000- Award

  • Resident of New Haven County

  • Senior in High School

  • Planning on continuing education at a college, university, trade school or other educational institutions

For application and more information, Contact: Pat Crisco at New Haven County Tax Collectors' Association, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525, email: perisco@woodbridgect.org, or call at : (203) 389-3425.

The "NO SWEAT" Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2022

$2,500 Quarterly Awards

  • New offering of a $2,500 scholarship grant for your High School Students Grades 9 -12!

  • NO GPA requirements, NO minimum income requirements, and NO ESSAY TO WRITE.

  • This new scholarship will run . Students can apply for free!

For application and more information, click here: The "No Sweat" Scholarship

Breaking the Stigma Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2022

$1,000- 1 awards

  • High School Senior

  • U.S. legal resident

  • Submit an essay in response to the prompt: " How can society better work to break disability stigmas?"

For application and more information, click here: Breaking the Stigma Scholarship

Kochhar & Co. Chartered Professional Accountant

Deadline: March 31, 2022

$1,000- 1 awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Attending college or university no later than September of 2022

  • Attending on full-time or part-time basis no later than September of 2022.

  • Need a GPA of a 2.5 or higher during their last academic year.

For application and more information, click here: Kochhar & Co. Chartered Professional Accountant

HOLA at Microsoft Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2022

$20,000 - 10 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a US-based high school senior of Hispanic and Latinx descent (for example, Mexican American, Cuban American, Brazilian, etc) of an accredited organization.

  • Plan to attend a two or four-year college or university in the US.

  • Plan to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, business management, marketing, or have a declared major.

  • Demonstrate leadership skills and a passion for helping your community within your school, neighborhood, family or any organizations.

  • Demonstrate leadership at a school or in the community.

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Require financial assistance to attend college.

  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA

For application and more information, click here: HOLA at Microsoft Scholarship

Project Yellow Light Video Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2022

$8,000 - 6 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be currently in high school or college.

  • Be attending a college or university in the Fall of 2022.

For application and more information, click here: Project Yellow Light

New Haven Mineral Club Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2022

$1,000 - 7 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be currently in high school or college.

  • Be attending a college or university in the Fall of 2022 in who wishes to pursue an academic study in Science

For application and more information:

Contact: New Haven Mineral Club, Frank Karsmarski, 69 Woodvale Drive, Northford, CT 06472

Global Lift Equipment Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2022

$500- 1 Award

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution no later than the Fall or 2022.

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 of greater

For application and more information: Global Lift Equipment Scholarship

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences of Connecticut FCS Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 15, 2022

Eligibility Requirements:

$1,000- Award

  • High School Senior

  • Essay which includes future goals & how they relate to Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Leadership

  • Character (2 letters of recommendation)

  • Academic Achievement (GPA) and SAT scores

  • Participation in extracurricular activities in community and school

  • Completion of Family and Consumer Sciences courses

For application and more information: AAFCS Scholarship


NANBPWC National Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 20, 2022

Eligibility Requirements:

  • African American Graduating Senior

  • Cumulative Grand Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale by February 1st in the year of graduation.

  • United States citizen

  • Complete the scholarship Application Form Online

  • Essay of no less than 300 words on the topic:

    1. “Explain the Benefits You Have Gained through the Contributions of Two"

    2. "Trailblazers of African Descent within the past twenty(20) years, and How It Has Benefited You as a Person.”

For application and more information, click here: NANBPWC National Scholarship

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

Deadline: April 30, 2022

$5,000 - 350 Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior.

For application and more information, click here: American Chemical Society

The Dr. Michael A. Parlato Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 30, 2022

$4,000 - Award

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a graduating high school senior

  • Resident of City of Derby

  • Have a financial need

  • Applicant must have demonstrated aptitude or achievement

  • Must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship such as having been active in community affairs

  • Submit an essay describing why they are deserving of the Dr. Michael A. Parlato Scholarship award

  • Applicant employment is preferred but not required.

For application and more information, click here: The Dr. Michael A. Parlato Scholarship Fund

ACF Visionary Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2022

$1,000 to 5,000 - Multiple Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

  • U.S. Citizens or Eligible Non-Citizens

  • A copy of the student’s most recent unofficial high school transcript

  • Including a 500 word, typed, double-spaced essay

For application and more information, click here: ACF Visionary Scholarship

Ethnic Minority Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 1, 2022

$2,000 - Award for Each year of your Undergraduate degree

  • High School Senior

  • Candidate shall be a minority as recognized by the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education

    • (Black; Native-American/Alaskan Native; Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino)

  • Pursuing a full time course of study that will result in obtaining teaching credentials in Connecticut

  • Sustaining a 3.0 cumulative average for each year of study

  • provide instances of leadership roles, community activities, volunteer experience and financial need

For application and more information, click here: Ethnic Minority Scholarship Fund

Scholarship for Women in STEM

Deadline: May 1, 2022

$500 - Annual Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.

  • Must be an enrolled (or accepted) woman student in an accredited college or university who is planning on continuing the next year.

  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.

  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.

  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

For application and more information, click here: Scholarship for Women In STEM

LGBTQ STEM Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2022

$500 - One Annual Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants should be pursuing an undergraduate degree in any field of study.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.

  • Must be an LGBTQ student enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university to study STEM and planning on continuing the next year.

  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.

  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.

  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

For application and more information, click here: LGBTQ Stem Scholarship

Scholarship for Woman in Science

Deadline: May 1, 2022

$500 - One Annual Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident

  • Must be an enrolled (or accepted) woman student in an accredited college or university who is planning on continuing the next year.

  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.

  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.

  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

For application and more information, click here: Scholarship for Woman in Science

Scholarship for Women in Engineering

Deadline: May 1, 2022

$500 - One Annual Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident

  • Must be an enrolled (or accepted) woman student in an accredited college or university who is planning on continuing the next year.

  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.

  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.

  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

For application and more information, click here: Scholarship for Women in Engineering

Women in Computer Science

Deadline May 1, 2022

$500- 1 Award

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be women pursuing a degree in a computer science field to qualify for this award.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.

  • Must be an enrolled (or accepted) female student in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.

  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.

  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.

  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

For application and more information, click here: Scholarship of Women in Computer Science

Scholarship for Women in Environmental Science

Deadline May 1, 2022

$500- 1 Annual Award

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants should be pursuing an undergraduate degree in environmental science.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.

  • Must be an enrolled (or accepted) female student in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.

  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.

  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.

  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

For application and more information, click here: Scholarship for Women in Environmental Science

Odenza Vacations Scholarship

Deadline May 1, 2022

$500- 1 Award

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2022

  • Submit answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the May 1st, 2022 deadline.

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater

For application and more information, click here: Odenza Vacations Scholarship

Todd Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2022

$500 to 2,000- Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a Current Resident of Derby or Shelton, CT with residence of minimum of four years

  • Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend college.

  • Based on Financial need, scholastic ability and Extra-curricular involvement

  • Re-applicates re-apply for all four years of college.

For application and more information, click here: 2022 TODD APPLICATION

CTWEA Scholarship

Deadline: May 27, 2022

$500 to 1,000- Awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a High school Senior who reside in Connecticut with minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Intend to graduate from high school May/June

  • Plan to pursue an Environmental Field in College/University

For application, click here: CTWEA Scholarship

Complete application should be mailed to: C.W.P.A.A, P.O. Box 313, Stafford Springs, CT 06076, or email application to be: contact@ctwpaa.org


Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

Deadline: October 31, 2022

$500 - 1 Award

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 25 by the day of the deadline.

For application and more information, click here: Odenza


Nutmeg Scholarship:


Deadline : October 30, 2022


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Exceptional accomplishments of Connecticut secondary school seniors

  • Exceptional academic notable service to school and community, possess the qualities of a good citizen and leader.

  • In addition, all semifinalists and finalists in the National Hispanic Recognition Program or the National Merit Semifinalist Competition are eligible for a nomination.

  • Nominations are made by the Guidance Counselor's Office at each Connecticut secondary school (https://admissions.uconn.edu/cost-aid/scholarship)


Day of Pride Scholarship


Deadline : October 30, 2022


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Awarded to outstanding Connecticut secondary school seniors from disadvantaged backgrounds who have proven academic ability as demonstrated through high school grades, test scores (test-optional), class rank, and letters of recommendation

  • Commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, demonstrated leadership, and contributions to their community, students should have documented financial need

  • Nominations are made by the Guidance Counselor's Office at each Connecticut high school.

  • Awards are based upon a very competitive selection process.

  • The undergraduate admissions application must be completed by October 30. (https://admissions.uconn.edu/cost-aid/scholarship)



Presidential Scholars Award for Valedictorians and Salutatorians:


Deadline: December 1, 2022


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students who rank number one or two in their graduating class will be considered for the Presidential Scholars Award.

  • An additional one-time Enrichment Award is made available to allow the Presidential Scholar to engage in educationally or professionally enriching activities. For details on how the Enrichment Award may be used, visit http://presidentialscholars.uconn.edu/eligibility/.

  • Priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application by December 1. (https://admissions.uconn.edu/cost-aid/scholarship)