Scholarship Deadline At Community Foundation Nears

New Britain, Conn., February 27, 2020 – Area students and their families are encouraged to act quickly as deadlines approach for more than $280,000 in 2020 scholarship dollars available through scholarship funds managed by the Community Foundation Greater New Britain.

Scholarships are available to 2020 high school senior class students in New Britain, Berlin, Plainville and Southington, with select scholarships available to students in Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield. Several scholarships are also available to local students already enrolled in higher education. In 2019, the Community Foundation awarded 81 scholarships from 49 separate donor-established funds totaling $226,599.

Maureen Murphy with recipients of the Mitchell Porydzy Scholarship

Included in the scholarships available in 2020 is the new Ruth M. and Adolph J. Betterini Scholarship Fund, which is available to graduating seniors of Berlin High School or New Britain High School pursuing a degree in engineering or a field of medicine. Candidates must display good citizenship in their school and community and show evidence of community service. Also new to the list of scholarships is the Normand and Cecile LeBrun Scholarship Fund, available to a graduating senior at Newington High School who maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrates financial need. Both of these scholarships were recently added to the Foundation’s continuously growing program to help students further their education.

“We are constantly working to expand our scholarship program, and through the generosity of individuals and families who have established scholarship funds with us throughout our 79 year history, we’re able to provide more support,” said David Obedzinski, President of CFGNB. “We want to positively impact as many students and families as we can and hope, upon graduation, that they will consider returning to the area to share their knowledge and possibly support the scholarship programs that helped them jumpstart their careers.”

Though deadlines for application vary by scholarship and town, the vast majority of deadlines arrive in late March. Accordingly, students and their parents are encouraged to act promptly.

How to Apply for CFGNB Scholarships:

Students enrolled in a public high school should speak immediately with their guidance counselors, who have detailed information on the available scholarships, deadlines and the application process.

Students from Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, or Southington who are enrolled in private, parochial, charter, or magnet high schools should visit the scholarship section of the Community Foundation’s website ( for detailed scholarship application information.

For more information on CFGNB scholarships, contact Candice Tabone, Office Manager and Scholarship Associate,

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is “Where Good Begins” in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Located at The Foundation Center at 74A Vine Street, New Britain, the Foundation works to inspire philanthropy, responsibly manage permanent charitable assets, and partner to address key community issues through strategic leadership. Scholarship funds begin at just $25,000 and are easily established with current or future gifts. For more information, visit or call (860) 229-6018 to request a Funds Booklet.