region - posted Nov, 15 2013
REGION - Two-hundred Connecticut high school seniors have been selected as recipients of the first annual CHET Advance Scholarship. Each student will receive a $2,500 grant to help put their college dreams within reach. Winners were randomly selected from a pool of 3,635 applicants that hail from 85 public high schools, 10 parochial high schools and three independent high schools in Connecticut. Two of the winners are home-schooled students. Almost half of the towns in Connecticut have at least one winner, and all eight counties are represented among the winners. CHET Advance provides 100 awards in each of two categories of high school seniors. To ensure winners from across the state, there are 40 winners from each of Connecticut's five Congressional districts (20 from each category). No state funds will be used for awards issued under CHET Advance Scholarship. Students must begin college no later than September 2015, and use the full $2,500 scholarship by June 30, 2016. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to students' colleges starting in the fall of 2014. Plans are underway to roll out the second phase of CHET Advance Scholarship during the next calendar year for younger students as well, with a portion of the scholarship winners chosen based on need and scholastic achievement.