Formerly: Governors Scholarship & Capital Scholarship Programs
The Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (Formerly the Governors Scholarship) provides state aid to help talented and needy students pay for college. It is not a merit program; priority is given to those who are least able to contribute to college costs. Based upon continued funding, students may use their award at any of Connecticut's public colleges and universities or any Connecticut nonprofit independent institution of higher education.
This past year annual scholarships for students attending eligible Connecticut institutions ranged from $4,550 to $5,250 for full-time enrollment and $2,275 to $3,937 for part-time enrollment.
The Office of Higher Education administers this program. All Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860-947-1848).
High School Counselors will submit information on the behalf of the qualified students, there is no application. The filing deadline for 2017-2018 Roberta B. Willis Scholarship applications is February 15th. The student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov by February 15th. Completed FAFSA data will automatically be matched to eligible applicants.
New applicants will be notified via email about the status of their application by August 1st. Awards are sent directly to colleges for credit to the student's account. Half of the award is sent in the fall after the college confirms a student's eligibility and enrollment. The balance is sent to the college in the spring following enrollment confirmation. Awards may be adjusted for students who are enrolled less than full-time, but at least half-time. Awards also may be adjusted based on changes to the student's Federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The number of awards depends on available funding.
To qualify, a student must:
- be a legal resident of Connecticut;
- have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15th, and received a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC); (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
- be a secondary school senior or graduate;
- have a cumulative class rank in the top 20% at the end of their junior year for high school seniors (upon graduation for all others) OR have combined scores (math, evidenced-based reading and writing) of at least 1210 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) OR 27 or better on ACT;
- have not previously received a baccalaureate degree;
- be attending an eligible Connecticut institution;
- have an EFC below maximum allowed limit.
Eligibility for this grant is limited to six years of undergraduate study for a bachelor’s degree and three years of study for an associate degree. Based upon future funding levels, students who submit a 2017-2018 application will be considered for an award in future years if a completed FAFSA is submitted by April 30th. Renewal students will be notified via email about the status of their application by August 1st.
Other Aid Sources
Please note the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program deadline date is February 15
Who is Eligible
Basis of Selection
How & When to Apply
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Recipient must attend a CT public or non-profit private college.
Up to $5,250 a year for full-time attendance in a 4-year program of study; up to $4,650 a year for full-time attendance in a 2-year program of study.
Complete a Roberta B. Willis Scholarship application, through high school guidance offices, by February 15, and submit a (FAFSA) by February 15.
Roberta B. Willis Scholarship
CT resident who attends a CT public or non-profit private college.
Recipient must have a federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) within the allowable range.
Up to $4,500 for full-time study in a 2 or 4 year program of study.
Allowable federal EFC
Submit a (FAFSA).
Contact your college's financial aid office about any institutional filing deadlines.
Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program
Eligible Colleges and Universities
- Albertus Magnus College
- Asnuntuck Community College
- Capital Community College
- Central Connecticut State University
- Charter Oak State College
- Connecticut College
- Eastern Connecticut State University
- Fairfield University
- Gateway Community College
- Goodwin College
- Housatonic Community College
- Manchester Community College
- Middlesex Community College
- Mitchell College
- Naugatuck Valley Community College
- Northwestern CT Community College
- Norwalk Community College
- Quinebaug Valley Community College
- Quinnipiac University
- Sacred Heart University
- Saint Vincent’s College
- Southern Connecticut State University
- Three Rivers Community College
- Trinity College
- Tunxis Community College
- University of Bridgeport
- University of Connecticut
- University of Hartford
- University of New Haven
- Wesleyan University
- Western Connecticut State University