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Students to collect donations for college scholarships

Updated 6:04 pm, Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Scholarship Drive Sunday takes place April 6 in New Canaan, when high school students will go door-to-door to collect donations for the New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation. Preparing for the yearly event are, from left, NCHS junior Frank Cognetta; Lisa Coleman, wife of scholarship founder Henry S. Coleman; Leo Gaspar, owner of Club Sandwich, which will provide food to the students; and Paul Corapi, NCHS junior. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed

    Scholarship Drive Sunday takes place April 6 in New Canaan, when high school students will go door-to-door to collect donations for the New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation. Preparing for the yearly event are, from left, NCHS junior Frank Cognetta; Lisa Coleman, wife of scholarship founder Henry S. Coleman; Leo Gaspar, owner of Club Sandwich, which will provide food to the students; and Paul Corapi, NCHS junior.

    Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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More than 150 New Canaan High School students will hit the streets April 6, for "Scholarship Drive Sunday."

Each year, students wearing "Scholarship Drive" T-shirts go door-to-door throughout neighborhoods to raise funds for the New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation.

Since 1967, the foundation has provided financial aid for graduates pursuing higher education.

Out of the $110,000 the foundation raised in 2013, nearly $30,000 were raised during the "Scholarship Drive Sunday."

Therese Chaisson, administrative director for the New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation, said the 2013 drive was a "really terrific year." She said most New Canaan residents are very generous and about a third of the donations raised every year comes out of the drive.

In 2013, the foundation awarded 73 scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 based on financial need, with an average distribution of $1,550 per student.

Chaisson said there were 90 applicants last year and the number is expected to grow as college costs continue to rise.

"What most people don't realize is that there's a big need," Chaisson said. "The cost of college is going up, and if you have three children, it's over $200,000."

Any New Canaan High School graduate enrolled as a full time student in a four-year college or university, two-year college, technical or vocational school are eligible to apply.

The application deadline this year is May.

Throughout the year, the foundation also receives donations from local businesses, residents, service clubs, memorials and class reunions. Over the past decade, the Bradley J. Fetchet Memorial Foundation has donated more than $100,000 to the foundation. Class reunions are now donating in memory of deceased graduates. The Class of 1973 donated more than $2,400 and the Class of 1963 gave $1,200 last year. Other donors include Karl Chevrolet, Newcomers Club, the Service League of Boys and Franco Wine Merchants.

Donations may be handed to the student volunteers on Sunday; sent by mail to the New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan CT 06840; or made online at nchsscholarship.org. Checks should be made payable to NCHS Scholarship Foundation.