CHET Advance Scholarship

Regional - posted Sep, 04 2013

REGION - In the fall, CHET Advance Scholarship, an annual program designed to help cover the mounting costs of higher education, will hold random drawings totaling $500,000 to provide up to 200 Connecticut high school seniors with a $2,500 scholarship for college expenses. Applications to participate in the drawings will be accepted online at beginning at 8 a.m. on Sept. 16 and ending at 5 p.m. on Oct. 4. About CHET Advance Scholarship - Phase 1: Who can participate and win -The Scholarship will provide up to 100 awards in each of two categories of high school seniors for a total of up to 200 winners. Winning recipients in each category will be selected by a random drawing. Also, to ensure there are winners from across the state, no more than 40 winners from each of Connecticut's five congressional districts will be selected (20 from each category). Category 1: All seniors who attend a public, private or parochial Connecticut high school other than a high school identified by the Connecticut Department of Education as a Review or Turnaround school as of August 2013; or attend a public, private or parochial school outside of Connecticut and either the student or one of the student's parents resides in Connecticut; or are home-schooled seniors in Connecticut. Category 2: All seniors who attend a Review or Turnaround high school. By state law, Review and Turnaround schools are low achieving schools subject to intensified supervision and direction by the state Department of Education. These schools receive focused resources to improve the performance of students. A full list of the 36 Review and Turnaround schools is included on the program website. Additionally, highlights of the Official Rules include, but are not limited to, the following: Students must begin college no later than Sept. 2015, and use the full $2,500 scholarship by June 30, 2016. Status as a senior at a Connecticut high school must be verified with an official school transcript. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to students' colleges starting in the fall of 2014. To participate in the CHET Advance drawing, all eligible students must complete an entry form on the CHET Advance Scholarship website,, during the three-week entry period of Sept. 16 through Oct. 4 by 5 p.m. To avoid any conflict of interest, any high school senior whose parent is, or who resides in the household of, an employee of the Office of the Connecticut Treasurer, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing Inc., The Hartford or International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., is ineligible to participate in the CHET Advance Scholarship, if such employee provides direct support to the CHET Advance Scholarship or, in the case of employees of The Hartford, its 529 plans. To ensure the impartiality of the random drawings, International Scholarship and Tuition Services, which has more than 25 years of scholarship administration experience, will set up and run the selection process, with oversight from TIAA-CREF. More information is available in the Official Rules on the CHET Advance Scholarship website.

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