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.

The Dr. Michael A. Parlato Scholarship Fund

Deadline:  May 30, 2020

Details:  This scholarship will be a awarded to a Derby High School senior, in financial need, who plans on continuing their academic career next year.  To read more about the scholarship, its requirements, and the applicaiton, please click on the following link: Parlato Scholarship Application 

The Claire C. Bennitt Scholarship Program

Deadline:  May 31, 2020

Details:  This scholarship is awarded to a senior interested in a career in environmental science.  Download the application here for all the details:  Watershed-Fund-Scholarship-App.pdf

Once the application is complete, please email it to or mail it to The Claire C. Bennit Watershed Fund, Inc., c/o Jennifer Slubowski, Regional Water Authority, 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

 John J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship Award

Deadline:  June 12, 2020


This $3500.00 award to given to a graduating senior enrolled for college in the Fall of 2020.  It will be awarded to someone who is a resident of public housing or rental subsidy recipients through a CONN NAHRO member housing authority in Connecticut.

More details about the award and the application details can be found here:  John J. Kelly Award

International Society for Key Women Educators Delta Kappa Gamma

Deadline:  April 22, 2020


  • Two $500 awards will be given out.
  • Female applicants only
  • Must be planning to major in some form of education (teacher, speech language pathologist, school counselor, etc.)
  • Download the application for all the details here:  Delta Kappa Gamma 2020.pdf

Quota International of New Haven

Deadline:  April 30, 2020

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must either be hearing impaired, planning a career in service to the hearing impaired, or interested in careers in the healthcare field, teaching or work-related field with the speech and hearing impaired, the mentally challenged, or physically disabled.
  • Applicant should have performed community service while attending high school, preferably in one of these fields.

Application can be found here:  Quota International Scholarship

2020 CHESLA Scholarship

Deadline:  May 1, 2020

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a resident of Connecticut attending a Connecticut institution.Have
  • Have an EFC of $6000 or less (as shown on your SAR/FAFSA report)
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5

Click the link to apply:  2020 CHESLA Scholarship

Derby-Shelton Rotary Club Scholarships

Deadline:  May 5, 2020

Martin Chromik/Cas Turaj Scholarship - $8000
President Scholarship - $1000
Robert W. Dickgiesser Scholarship - $1500
Edward Handi Scholarship - $1500

Please view the following document for an overview and criteria for each scholarship:

Rotary Club Scholarship Overview

Please use the following link to download the application:

Rotary Club Scholarship Application

Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education, Inc.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school senior or GED equivalent
  • Limited to Latinx students from Connecticut
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • Full list of requirements and details can be found here:  CALAHE Scholarship.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2020

See your guidance counselor with any further questions.

High School Heisman Scholarship 2019

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:  

  1.  High School Heisman® scholarships will be awarded to State Winners, National Finalists and National Winners. All scholarship winners must meet all the rules of the High School Heisman application process.
  2. Scholarship winners can attend any accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarship is not restricted to any specific institution.
  3. Scholarship winners must plan to be enrolled full time (a minimum of 12 hours per semester or quarter) for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.


  1. Scholarships are not renewable and are for one year only.
  2. Scholarship funds may only be used toward educational expense: tuition, books and fees.
  3. The one-time award stipend will be paid in one installment for a full academic year. The check will be issued to the college/university and mailed directly to the student at the beginning of the support period. The student will be responsible for forwarding the check to their college/university.
  4. Other awards may be accepted by recipients of  High School Heisman scholarships. There will ordinarily be no objection to the acceptance of additional awards.
  5. If the recipient does not enroll for the 2020-2021 academic year, the unused portion of the funds will be forfeited. Any funds forfeited will be returned to the High School Heisman program.
  6. Exceptions may be considered on an individual basis if the forfeiture stems from illness, hardship, family tragedy, or similar reasons and is solely the decision of the  High School Heisman program.
  7. The High School Heisman program reserves the right to alter scholarship funds distribution as needed.
  8. Should a scholarship recipient choose to delay schooling and pursue military service, funds may be deferred for educational use at later time. Requests must be made in writing to  High School Heisman (email is acceptable), must detail the time period of deferral and must be approved in advance. All deferral requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the  High School Heisman program.
  9. Further questions about scholarships, eligibility and athletic compliance can be addressed by contacting the Heisman High School Scholarship program at or call 800-205-6367.   

The Vera H. and William R. Todd Foundation Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: The Vera H. and William R. Todd Foundation was created “ give primary consideration toward helping residents of Shelton and further their academic or professional fields...”.

  1. The Applicant must be: a) a current resident of Derby or Shelton, Connecticut, with continuous residence of a minimum of four years; b) a high school graduate or high school senior planning to attend college.
  2. Recipients are eligible to re-apply for all four years of college. Re-applicants must call in order to receive a re-application.

Application Deadline:  May 1st, 2020


  1. Complete the application in detail - answer all questions; print or type, date and sign. Please present to parents or guardian to review and sign.
  2. Each application is reviewed on the basis of financial need, scholastic ability, and extra-curricular involvement.
  3.  You must request that your high school mail a transcript of your academic record, including class standing, and a complete record of your SAT scores to the Trustee. Also, if you are a college student, please have an official college transcript sent to the Trustee. The preferred transcript is for a full year; however, if not available until after MAY 1, request a transcript for grades to date. Unless prior arrangements are made with the Trustee, any applications without an
    official transcript, as of MAY 1, will be considered incomplete. 
  4. Please include a copy(ies) of the income tax returns for each parent. ( Page one and Page two of the 1040/ 1040A + Schedule C if either parent is self-employed).
  5. All correspondence, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts should be sent to the Trustee at the address below.
  6. Please contact Janneth Achury at 860-244-4861 or Amy Lynch at 860.244-4870 with any questions regarding the application process.

Bank of America, Trustee
101 East River Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108

High School Super Senior Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Applicant must be a high school senior that has applied or has been accepted to a full-time program at a two-year or four-year college, vocational, technical, or private career institution. Institution must be listed here:
  • Must be at least 16 years old. 
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Upon selection, the applicant will have to verify they have been accepted to a program.


Application Deadline:  July 3rd, 2020



OppU Achievers Scholarship

The question you must submit a short response to is:  "What makes you an achiever?"

To apply,submit a short response at scholarship is awarded four times a year,with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30. To be eligible,students must be a U.S.citizen and have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.


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