University to offer town scholarship for Hamden residents

March 24, 2022

Aerial view of the Mount Carmel Campus quad and library

Quinnipiac will offer a town scholarship for Hamden residents, beginning with the Class of 2022. The scholarship is equivalent to 75% of full-time tuition.

The commitment of the university is eight scholarships totaling $300,000 per year once the program is fully implemented.

“A fundamental part of our strategic plan is the nurturing of internal and external communities,” said Bethany Zemba, vice president for strategy and community relations. “Working in collaboration with the town of Hamden to provide scholarship aid for promising students is in direct alignment with this goal. We see this as an important investment in the future talent of Hamden that we are pleased to be able to support.”

The new scholarship is available for qualified full-time students entering Quinnipiac as first-time students and is renewable for up to four years or the remainder of the undergraduate degree, whichever comes first, with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

“I am grateful for the commitment that Quinnipiac University has made to provide opportunities to Hamden students. These scholarships will have a profound impact on Hamden students,” Hamden Mayor Lauren Garrett said. “This is another step forward in the close partnership between the town of Hamden and Quinnipiac University.”

In addition to the scholarships, Quinnipiac has committed to continuing its annual book award at Hamden High School. The award, given to a junior with outstanding leadership qualities and academics, includes a minimum scholarship of $15,000 per year to the university and waives the application fee.

The winner also will receive a copy of the book, “You Got This Kid! Words of Advice for Young Leaders,” which was written by Quinnipiac alumni and Board of Trustees member Chuck Saia, as well as a VIP tour and lunch with Saia and Tom Ellett, the university’s chief experience officer.

“Since President Olian’s arrival at Quinnipiac, we have seen a clear shift in the university’s support of the Hamden community, and in particular Hamden Public Schools,” said Dan Cocchiola, director of college and career pathways for Hamden Public Schools. “These investments in our students are just further evidence of that support, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our bonds in the coming years.”

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