The New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) represents a broad-based community effort to provide financial aid to deserving NCHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate level. The Foundation provides funding annually to students who are enrolled in two-year and four-year colleges, and technical or vocational programs. 


    As college tuitions continue to increase, there is a significant need for scholarship funding within New Canaan. The cost of education is accelerating and the needs of all applicants cannot be fully met.  It is our goal to continue to increase our fundraising in order to ensure that the NCSF can provide aid to every deserving applicant and also to increase the amount of each scholarship.

    The Foundation is funded by an annual appeal and an annual fundraising event.  We rely on the support of individuals, local businesses, nonprofit organizations and foundations to ensure that every student in need will have the opportunity to receive financial aid from the Foundation.

    Fundraising Event –   Color Drop     I love NC

    Last year instead of our annual Color Run fundraiser, we held the first ever NC Color Drop on March 31st, dropping 2,000 colored golf balls from a helicopter hovering over the soccer field at Waveny.  The golf ball raffle was a success and was televised by high school students and shown throughout the schools.  It was truly some creative fundraising during a difficult time, and we look forward to a time when we can all gather in person to celebrate our worthy graduates. 

    With funds raised from the Color Drop and our annual mailing appeals, in 2021 we were able to award $143,000 in scholarships which was shared by 49 qualified applicants.  Our goal is to continue fundraising efforts to help all graduates in need and to increase the amount of each scholarship.  

    For further information, visit http://www.nchs-sf.org/

    In NAVIANCE, the software tool that NCHS utilizes for post-secondary planning, a student can research national scholarship information.

    Go to https://connection.naviance.com/newcanaan
    Log in to the system, utilizing the student user name and password that you have registered (if you have difficulty, please see your School Counselor).

    Under the Colleges tab, go to the Scholarships and Money section

    Under Scholarship List and Scholarship Match, a wide range of scholarships will be listed, with general information regarding application criteria and a link the scholarship website and application.

    Under Scholarship Applications, Naviance will keep track of the scholarships that you have applied to from the listing.

    The website http://www.fastweb.com/ will allow a student to view featured scholarships, conduct scholarship searches and matches, relevant tips and important deadlines.

    The website http://www.meritaid.com/ will show a comprehensive directory of merit and academic scholarships from colleges across the country.


    New Canaan Community Foundation: "SAPIENZA" Scholarship


    The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship:Application (For more information about the Exchange Club Scholarship, please click here)