More than 380 Robert T. Kenney Scholars received help with their college bills last year thanks to a scholarship from the American Savings Foundation.  That number is expected to grow as the Foundation plans to award $725,000 to promising students for the 2013-2014 academic year.  But the only way to be considered for a scholarship is to apply.  And the time to apply is now. 

“If you plan to work hard in college but worry about how much it will cost, you should apply for our scholarship,” said Maria Falvo, Chief Operating Officer of the American Savings Foundation.  “We want invest in students who we believe will make the most of their opportunities in higher education.”

Across Connecticut and throughout the country, Robert T. Kenney Scholars are studying at 4-year colleges and universities, community colleges, and accredited technical programs.  High school seniors, current college students, and nontraditional adult students may all apply.  Scholarships are awarded primarily based on financial need, with consideration given to academic performance, community involvement, and other indications of a strong desire to achieve goals through education.  Most Robert T. Kenney scholars will receive support from the Foundation for all four years of college.    

Applicants must live in one of the 64 Connecticut towns served by American Savings Foundation.  Current high school seniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of their graduating class or have a 2.5 GPA or higher.  Current college students must be maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher.  

The application deadline is Saturday, March 30, 2013.  Applications can be submitted on the American Savings Foundation website at  The website also has links to other area scholarship programs as well as resources for financial aid information.
The scholarship program is named in memory of Robert T. Kenney, whose vision led to the creation of the American Savings Foundation in 1996.  In the 17 years since, the Foundation has provided over $7.3 million in scholarships to 1,629 students.  The American Savings Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment that also awards grants to area nonprofit organizations.  

The foundation accepts scholarship applications from residents of any of the following 64 Connecticut towns:  Andover, Ashford, Avon, Barkhamsted, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Chaplin, Chester, Clinton, Colebrook, Columbia, Coventry , Cromwell, Deep River , Durham, East Granby , East Hampton, East Hartford , Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Haddam, Hebron , Killingworth, Madison, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough , Meriden, Middlebury, Middletown, Naugatuck, New Britain, Newington, Old Saybrook, Oxford, Plainville, Portland, Prospect, Rocky Hill, Seymour, Simsbury, Southbury, Southington, Thomaston, Tolland, Torrington, Waterbury, Watertown, West Hartford, Westbrook, Wethersfield, Willington, Winchester, Windham, Wolcott, and Woodbury. 
For more information, students and parents can call the foundation at 860.827.2556