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Scholarship Program for Sons & Daughters of NU Employees

The Scholarship Program

The Northeast Utilities (NU) Foundation Scholarship Program was established to honor the academic excellence of employees’ children and to help fulfill a commitment to promoting higher education.

The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Scholarship America. Scholarship America is a national nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization that seeks to involve and assist the private sector in expanding educational support opportunities and encouraging educational achievement. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Who is Eligible?
High school seniors who are dependent children of full- or part-time employees. Employees must have a minimum of one year of service as of the application postmark deadline date. Also eligible are high school seniors who are dependent children of full- or part-time employees who have retired or who have died after three or more years of service. Children of elected officers of NU system companies are not eligible.

Dependent children are defined as natural or legally adopted children or stepchildren living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee. Part-time employee is defined as working a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Applicants must plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the fall following their high school graduation unless they have a formal deferral from the admitting college or university. Full-time study is defined as full-time enrollment for the entire upcoming academic year.

What is the Amount of the Award?
Scholarship recipients will receive $2,500 per year for up to four years of college undergraduate study or until baccalaureate degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first. The total amount of the scholarship is $10,000. The award money can be used to pay tuition and academic fees. The recipient’s annual payment will not be affected by other scholarship aid or by an approved change in college.

How Does a Student Apply?
To be considered for an NU Foundation Scholarship, students must complete and submit the application (see downloads section below for PDF application), together with a current, complete official transcript of grades, to Scholarship America, postmarked no later than March 1. Online transcripts and grade reports are not acceptable. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment card is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship America to verify that the application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, please be sure to answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

How are Recipients Selected?
All NU Foundation scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership, extracurricular school activities, community activities, work experience, goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and the completed application.

Ten scholarship recipients will be selected from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

All aspects of the selection of recipients and the administration of their awards are handled by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer of the NU Foundation, or officer or employee of any NU company, play a part in the selection process. All applicants agree to accept the decision of Scholarship America as final.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. All applicants will be notified of the result. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

What Requirements or Obligations Must Recipients Meet?
Scholarship recipients are required to remain in good academic and disciplinary standing and drug-free throughout their full course of study at a college or university. At the end of each school year, recipients are asked to submit a letter to the President of the NU Foundation summarizing their academic standing, extracurricular activities, community activities, and work experience.

Recipients are required to supply Scholarship America with complete transcripts when requested and to notify Scholarship America of any changes of address, school enrollment, or other relevant information.

Who Handles Scholarship Payments?
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the NU Foundation. Payments are made in equal installments on August 15 and December 30. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable jointly to the student and the school, and must be endorsed by both.

Who Can Answer Questions?
Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:

Northeast Utilities Foundation Scholarship
Program for Sons and Daughters of Northeast Utilities Employees
Scholarship Management Services, Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
St. Peter, MN 56082

Telephone: (507) 931-1682

Administered by:
Scholarship Management Services
A Program of Scholarship America

Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program for NU Employees brochure. (112 KB)
Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program for NU Employees application. (112 KB)

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