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About the Scholarship

The application deadline for the 2016 scholarship is April 30.

This scholarship is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible.


Eligible applicants to the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity must satisfy these two conditions:

1. Applicant must be (a) a high school junior, or (b) a high school senior, or (c) any person entering an undergraduate degree program* in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or (d) a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program*.

2. Applicant must be (a) a Connecticut or New York City metropolitan area resident planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education anywhere in the United States, or (b) a resident of any part of the U.S. planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education in CT or NYC.

Note: from 2003 to 2007, the scholarship was a one-year scholarship limited to Connecticut students. Beginning in 2008, it was opened to New York City and Connecticut students, as set out above. Starting in 2009, instead of being a one-year scholarship, the Milton Fisher Scholarship became a four-year scholarship.



We anticipate granting 3-6 awards of up to $20,000 each to applicants who demonstrate exceptional innovation and creativity. Financial need will not affect the selection of recipients. However, the amount of any award, from $1000 to $5000 per year, renewable for four years, will be determined by the financial need of the recipient.


How to Apply

Please visit our Application page for all the details 



Selection of Recipients

The Selection Committee will select the applicants who show the most promise as innovative, creative problem solvers, on the basis of their essays, letters of recommendation, and other information included with the application. Academic and extracurricular information play an important secondary role in helping the Committee get a fuller picture of the applicant, but these are not the basis on which the scholarship is awarded. Financial need does not play a role in determining the selection of applicants. After the scholarship recipients are selected, the amount of each award is determined solely on the basis of financial need.
The Selection Committee reserves the right to decide, on a case-by-case basis, to contact applicants for phone interviews or to request additional materials. Applicants should not assume they have not won the scholarship if they are not contacted for an interview. Applicants will be notified by mail in late August whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship.


Payment of Scholarships

On behalf of the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven will process scholarship awards and mail them to the recipients' undergraduate educational institution. Checks will be made payable jointly to the student and the school and must be endorsed by both.
High school juniors who win the Milton Fisher Scholarship will not receive their checks until they enroll in their post-secondary degree program (typically one year later).



Recipients are required to supply The Community Foundation with current transcripts and to notify The Community Foundation of any changes in school address, school enrollment, or other relevant information. At the end of each academic year, they are obligated to provide evidence that they remain students in good standing at the educational institution in which they are enrolled, and are also obligated to provide a paragraph describing their activities over the previous year.


Additional Information

Questions regarding the Milton Fisher Scholarship should be directed to:
The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
c/o Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
70 Audubon St., New Haven, CT 06510

You may also contact Denise Canning at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven with questions at 203-777-7084 (dcanning@cfgnh.org) or email mfscholarship@gmail.com.

(For more information about the Community Foundation, please visit its web site at www.cfgnh.org)