In the spring of 2012 the Town of Eastford and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut joined forces to simplify the Town’s scholarship program. For decades, elected officials, staff and volunteers from the Town oversaw the scholarship program’s fund accounting, invested its financial assets, worked with residents to create new scholarship opportunities, processed donations, oversaw the student selection process, and completed a variety of other tasks to sustain and grow the Town’s scholarship funds.
When the Town began looking for alternative resources to support its scholarship program, a committee determined that the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut was the right fit. For nearly 30 years the Community Foundation has worked with students, families, donors, high schools, postsecondary education institutions, and civic groups. The Foundation currently manages nearly 100 scholarship funds.
In the coming years the partnership will ease the workload for the Town’s staff and volunteers while keeping the core functions – selecting the award recipients and fundraising activities – in the hands of Eastford residents.
For more information on the Town of Eastford’s scholarship program please contact Kip Parker, Division Director at the Community Foundation: 860-442-3572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.