Graciette Rosa 2019 Scholarship

Available for CCSU students.

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)  in New Britain, Connecticut is receiving applications for the Graciette Maria Simao Rosa Scholarship. Interest applicants must contact the Financial Aid office at the school and fill the needed paperwork. For 2019 approximately $1800 are available. The primary objective of this endowed scholarship is to assist Portuguese American students attending the University with primary preference for those students in the School of Education preparing to be teachers.

Scholarships Available

Graciette Simao Rosa was born in Obidos, Portugal and was a long time resident of the Greater Hartford area in Connecticut. She attended CCSU and received a degree in Education. Mrs. Rosa spent many years helping students especially those with specials needs. She passed away, way too early, in 2008 of pancreatic cancer, at a young age of 56.

The scholarship was endowed in 2009 and the first scholarship was presented in 2011 to Melissa Tavares in the amount of $1,000. Since then a total of ten students have benefited from the proceeds of the endowment and over $10,000 have been distributed.

The last recipient was Adriana Marie Sciancalepore attending the School of Education in Elementary school who received $1850.00 and made the following statement:

“Receiving the Graciette Maria Simao Rosa Scholarship really means a lot to me. My parents are not able to cover the full cost of college, so I need to take out loans to help pay for the costs my parents cannot cover. Getting a scholarship such as this helps reduce the amount of loans I will need to take out, so I really appreciate it. I am proud to be a student in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University. Ever since I first toured the campus during my junior year of high school, I knew this was the college I wanted to attend, and I am proud to say I am now entering my senior year. The fact that Mrs. Rosa’s family is giving a scholarship to a CCSU student in her honor means she must have also loved her time at CCSU. I am proud to receive this scholarship in her name, and want to thank her family for funding this scholarship.”

For more information on the Graciette Simao Rosa scholarship at CCSU interested people may contact the Financial Aida of CCSU or Fernando Goncalves Rosa at the email:

Chris Gilligan, Mellisa Tavares (1st Recipient) and Fernando G Rosa

CCSU president Dr Zulma Zorro at the Scholarship event
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