NCCF helps build a national model for community colleges

On campus and in the community, the impact of your support is highly visible. By combining classroom learning and hands-on training, an NCC education prepares students to enter the workforce with greater experience and confidence. Students who were the recipients of NCCF scholarships who excelled academically are contributing to cities and towns throughout Fairfield County.


Student Success

Scholarship recipients are already giving back.  As the stories of these NCC graduates attest, the impact of your support is continuing to strengthen families and the community.


Juan Arbelaez

LEAP Scholar
"Thank you for helping me write my story."

Juan Arbelaez has profoundly changed his life by earning degrees from both Norwalk Community College and the University of Connecticut and in doing so, has inspired his two brothers to follow in his footsteps.

Juan was born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the U.S. at the age of 12 driven by his parents’ desire of a better life and a more promising future for their children. With an unexpected medical crisis and mounting medical bills, Juan’s mother returned to Colombia while he was in high school. He explains, “I did not want my circumstances to stop me from continuing my education. I found in NCC exactly what I was looking for, a place to start my academic career at an affordable price and the ability to still work while I was in school.”

Juan was awarded an NCC Foundation scholarship and graduated in 2009 with a 4.0 GPA. He was accepted into the University of Connecticut where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and maintained a 4.0 GPA, supported through his continued education by an NCC Foundation LEAP scholarship. In Juan’s words, “The financial contribution that the Foundation made to me was measurable, but the impact that it had in my life cannot be measured, because it gave me the hope to continue pursuing my dreams, the hope that I still have today.”

Today, Juan is a Financial Analyst at RBS in Stamford and is serving as a role model for his brothers, who see first-hand the value of a college education. Juan’s older brother recently graduated from NCC and is completing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Fairfield University. His younger brother is currently a student at NCC pursuing a career in business.


Armando Home

Engineering Science Major
Jamie Earle Memorial Scholarship Recipient
William M. Mommaerts Scholarship Recipient
“I am the first person in my family going to college.” “I am the first person in my family going to college.”

Armando is a 20 year-old student pursuing an associate degree in engineering science with a 3.25 GPA. An impressive and driven young man, he is the first in his family to attend college. Born in Colombia, Armando arrived in Norwalk with his mother when he was eight years old. He lives with his mother and grandfather and works part-time at a physical therapy office. NCC scholarships have made a significant positive impact on his family's finances. Beyond the financial support, Armando emphasizes that the scholarships motivate him to do well in school and stay focused on achieving his goal of earning a college education.


Curtis Bradley

NCC Graduate
Associate Degree, Business
LEAP Transfer Scholarship Recipient
“With your generosity, I have been able not only to achieve my dreams, but also to excel!” “With your generosity, I have been able not only to achieve my dreams, but also to excel!”

Curtis Bradley graduated from Norwalk Community College summa cum laude with an associate degree in business in May of 2010 at the age of 38. He graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in 2012, majoring in finance and was a twice-awarded LEAP Transfer Scholar. Curtis is also a married father of three, including twins, and an ordained minister. He continued to work full-time while pursuing his education. For a research project in a business communications class at NCC, Curtis investigated the world of investment banking. “Firm commitments are exactly what motivated me to change careers, enroll at NCC, pursue a degree in finance and maintain a 3.94 GPA in my late thirties. Fighting the odds and choosing to be an investment banker was simply a logical next step that I needed to take.” Today Curtis is working as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Stamford.


Arden Church

Liberal Arts Major
Le Bal d’Ecole Scholarship Recipient
Charlotte Chen, Esq. Scholarship Recipient
“It is finally time for me.” “It is finally time for me.”

Arden Church is a 48-year old married mother of a 15-year old son with special needs who returned to complete her education at NCC because “it is finally time for me.” A Connecticut resident all of her life, Arden graduated from Norwalk High School in 1981. Without the financial resources to go to college, Arden decided to work and save up for her education. Then she got “busy with the business of life – working, getting married, raising a family and tending to aging and ill parents along the way.” After the death of her mother in 2009 and a 30-year hiatus from school, Arden came to NCC to pursue her dream of helping other people through social work or psychology. Arden graduated from NCC in the spring of 2012 with a 3.9 GPA. She is currently enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University majoring in social work and plans to complete a Master's Degree.


At the Center for Health and Wellness

Simulation labs put NCC in the forefront of community colleges

When an NCC nursing student walks into a simulation lab, she is asked to respond to a nursing emergency with no faculty member in sight. But thanks to advanced educational techniques, no one is in danger. The patient is a Sim-Man and the student is being videoed and observed by a faculty member seated in an observation room.

In nursing, respiratory therapy, physical therapy assistant and other allied health fields, NCC students are gaining confidence and learning to use state-of-the-art equipment to serve their patients.

“Our simulation labs allow students to marry theory and practice in a supportive and non-threatening environment. NCC Foundation support was a huge factor in building the new center and labs, which have put us in the forefront of community colleges. In the past two years, 98% of our nursing graduates have passed their licensure exams and most are now working in Fairfield County,” said Coral Presti, Professor of Nursing and Director of Nursing and Allied Health.


Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships help generations of students

We are grateful to the many generous donors who have endowed scholarships. Year after year, their contributions are continuing to help talented students earn degrees and begin meaningful careers.

Access to Education Scholarship

This scholarship was established at the first Access to Education corporate dinner in 2004 and is given to students majoring in business-related programs.

Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust Scholarship

Created  in 2001 in memory of Wilton philanthropist Elizabeth Raymond Ambler, this scholarship provides financial assistance to NCC students with preference given to Wilton residents.

Anonymous Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2001 to assist NCC students who have a clear career path, show strong academic promise and financial need. Preference is given to immigrant students.

The America 911 Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Jane and Stephen Raye at the 2001 Le Bal d’Ecole to give tribute to the heroes of the September 11th tragedy and other disaster relief efforts. It is given to students who are in or plan to enter emergency response professions.

Lois and Harlan Anderson Scholarship

Established in 2000 by Lois and Harlan Anderson, this fund is intended to provide financial assistance to students in need.

Robert and Jeannie Kay Armstrong Scholarship

This fund was established by Robert and Jeannie Kay Armstrong through a generous gift at the 1997 Le Bal d’Ecole.

John Ball Scholarship

This fund was created by his friends and directors at Champion International to commemorate John Ball’s retirement from the company in 1996.

Joan and Ed Barksdale Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2002 by the Barksdales to support access to education through a gift to the Capital Campaign to Fund the Future.

James Bissell Memorial Scholarship

The James Bissell Memorial Fund was created by the family and friends of James Bissell, a former NCC science instructor for 30 years. It is given to students who have a general knowledge of aviation and/or a willingness to be exposed to flying.

John Fiske Boorom Memorial Scholarship

This fund was created by the family of John Fiske Boorom to memorialize his life and achievements.

Mary W. Brackett, Ph.D. Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Brackett’s friends and faculty emeriti to celebrate her contributions to both NCC and the community. During her 17 years at NCC, Dr. Brackett served as academic counselor, academic dean and acting president.

The Katherine Hall Browne Scholarship

This fund was created by William and Carole Browne in memory of William’s mother, Katherine Hall Browne.

Bucky Scholarship

Dr. Thomas Bucky, a retired internist and his wife Doris, a former English teacher, established this fund to help students achieve their goals.

The Ilene and Irving G. Calish, Sr. Scholarship

This fund was established by Louis J. and Caren Calish Gagliano in memory of Caren’s parents to honor their belief in education as the route to self help.

Mickey and Brooke Callanen Scholarship

This scholarship fund was created by Mr. and Mrs. Callanen, residents of Darien, through a generous gift at the 1997 Le Bal d’Ecole.

Charlotte Chen, Esq., Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Charlotte’s family and friends to commemorate her life and achievements. Charlotte Chen was a founding member of both NCC and the NCC Foundation.

Ann Chernow Art Scholarship

This fund was established by NCC art professor Ann Chernow and is awarded to an NCC student in the Art Program who has been accepted at a higher institution or specialized art school. Should this first criterion for the scholarship not be realized, then the scholarship may be awarded to a current NCC art student.

Carle C. Conway Scholarship

Created by the trustees of the Carle C. Conway Foundation, this scholarship commemorates the life and achievements of the former president and chairman of the Continental Can Company.

Jane Corbo Scholarship

This fund was established for nursing students by the friends and family of Jane Corbo to commemorate her life as a dedicated nurse.

Virginia and Malcolm Crawford Scholarship

This fund was created by the Mary and Edwin Ramsey and Jean and Douglas Crawford, supporters of NCC, in honor of their parents.

James E. Deaver Memorial Scholarship

This fund was created in memory of her late husband by former Professor Abigail Deaver to assist single mothers.

Katy and Prof. John J. Dohlun Scholarship

This scholarship was established at Le Bal d’Ecole 2005 by Dr. John Dohlun and his wife, Katy. Dr. Dohlun taught chemistry at NCC and is now professor emeritus. Preference is given to African-American students.

Nancy Doyle Scholarship

Created by co-workers, family and friends to honor Nancy’s commitment and passion for NCC. Nancy was a former NCC Foundation Director and former Director of Special Events for the NCC Foundation.

Dugan Family Scholarship

Created by former Board member Linda Dugan, this fund is intended to provide financial assistance to NCC students.

Jamie Earle Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the family and friends of Jamie Earle to commemorate his life and achievements.

Dr. John K. Fisher Scholarship

Established to recognize Dr. John K. Fisher, former president of NCC. This scholarship provides financial assistance to NCC students enrolled in engineering technologies, sciences, information systems or computer systems programs.

The Fernandez Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established at the 1995 Le Bal d’Ecole with a gift from Joanne and Manuel Fernandez.

The GE Capital Scholarship

This award provides scholarships to NCC students who are pursuing degrees in technology.

Josephine Gierer Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Josie Gierer to assist mothers with young children who are pursuing higher education.

Maurice Godin Legal Assistant Scholarship

Established in memory of the first coordinator of the Legal Assistant Program, this scholarship is available to students in the Legal Assistant Program.

Darlene Ryan Goodwin Scholarship

Established in 2001 by Darlene and Jim Goodwin, this scholarship is given to students who have graduated from Stamford Public Schools.

Albert L. Hadley Scholarship

This scholarship was established at the 1997 Le Bal d’Ecole. Mr. Hadley served as Honorary Chairman for the event.

Jean and Richard Harrington Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the Harringtons at the 2005 Le Bal d’Ecole to assist NCC students with financial need.

Richard T. Hansen Memorial Scholarship

Established by the Norwalk Association of Independent Insurance Agents in honor of a former colleague, this scholarship is awarded to second-year full-time business administration students.

Mark Hattenbach Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established at the 2005 Le Bal d’Ecole by Ellen Sue Hattenbach (’64) to honor her husband, Mark (’63.) Mark served on the NCC Foundation Board of Directors. It is awarded to a student majoring in culinary arts.

Harry H. Hefferan, Jr. Scholarship

Established in 1999 to memorialize Harry H. Hefferan, Jr., this fund is designed to provide assistance to students who best exemplify the character and commitment to community demonstrated by Mr. Hefferan in his lifetime as a family man, lawyer and civic leader.

John H. Heher Memorial Scholarship

This fund was created by the family and friends of John Heher to memorialize his life and achievements. Until his death in January 2002, he served as chairman of the NCC business department. Candidates for this scholarship must be majoring in business.

The Hiranandani Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Hiro Hiranandani to assist students enrolled in the engineering pathways, engineering technologies, sciences, or nursing.

Leon Hirsch Scholarship

This fund was created at the 2001 Le Bal d’Ecole by Leon Hirsch to provide financial assistance to students.

Anne Ireland Memorial Scholarship

Established to honor the life of Anne Ireland, a long-time NCC employee, this scholarship provides financial assistance to an NCC student who is at least 25 years of age.

The Stacy M. Israel Scholarship

This fund was created by former NCC professor Stacy Israel, a 1997 graduate of NCC, to provide scholarship assistance to students in need.

Joseph K. Karpowich Memorial Scholarship

Joseph Karpowich, former Dean of Students, died in 2001. His family established a scholarship to commemorate his 35 years of dedicated service to the College. This scholarship is given to students who choose a career in a technology related field.

Toni Anne Laufer Scholarship

Toni Anne Laufer was a 1993 graduate of the NCC Early Childhood Education Program. This scholarship was created to honor her memory.

Le Bal d’Ecole Scholarship

This scholarship may cover all or part of a student’s financial needs while attending NCC.

The Frank C. Lee Memorial Scholarship

The Frank C. Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by staff and students of the college, commemorates his life and work as a dedicated educator. Frank C. Lee served the college for over twenty years, as a professor of English, English Department Chairman and Academic Dean.

Marcia Jane LeMoult Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the family and friends of Marcia Jane LeMoult, a former aerobics instructor at NCC, and is given to a female student majoring in exercise science or a program related to physical conditioning.

George and Max R. Lepofsky Scholarship

Max Lepofsky was one of the founders of Norwalk Community College and this scholarship was created to honor his memory.

The Sachiko S. Liebergesell Scholarships

This fund was established at the 1995 Le Bal d’Ecole with a gift from Rolf K. Liebergesell in honor of his wife, Sachiko.

Lifetime Learners Institute Scholarship

This fund was created by The Lifetime Learners Institute  for scholarships  to students who are enrolled in the human services or recreational and leisure studies programs or the elderly.

Mandel Family Scholarship

This fund was created by former NCC Foundation Board President Ann Mandel and members of the Mandel family to provide assistance to NCC students.

The Margaret Jane McAuliffe Scholarship

This scholarship was created in remembrance of Margaret Jane McAuliffe who had many dreams she was unable to fulfill.

The James R. McCormack Memorial Scholarship

Established by Jim McCormack’s family in 2002 to commemorate  his life and his commitment to a career in public service, this scholarship is intended to recognize, encourage and support students who choose a career focused on helping others. This fund will provide financial assistance to students aspiring to
careers in allied health, criminal justice, or nursing.

Carolyn and Gerry McGrath Scholarship

This fund was established at the 2007 Le Bal d’Ecole by the McGraths to provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Benson Meth Scholarship

Created by Jeffrey Rubin, an NCC alumnus, this fund was established to honor his stepfather, Benson Meth, who was an adjunct instructor in the business department in the ’60s and ’70s. It is intended to assist with the financial needs of students majoring in business at NCC.

William M. Mommaerts Memorial Scholarship

The William M. Mommaerts Memorial Scholarship fund was created by his parents in 1996 to honor his accomplishments and memory. It is given to computer science or business students.

Dr. Lia Mondo Scholarship

This fund was created by Dr. Lia Mondo, NCC professor emeritus and longtime member of the foreign languages department.

Thomas G. Norko Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to assist full-time second-year students. Thomas G. Norko served as assistant to the president of Norwalk Community College.

O’Hara Family Scholarship

This fund was created by Peter O’Hara in honor of his parents, Arthur and Louise O’Hara.  Mr. O’Hara served  as Dean of College Development, Registrar, Director of Admissions, and Dean of Students during his more than 30 years of service at NCC.

Donald and Virginia Miller Scholarship

Donald and Virginia Miller, active members of The Lifetime Learners Institute, created this scholarship in recognition of students who attend NCC and have overcome significant economic limitations.

Beverly Miller Orthwein Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established to honor Beverly Miller Orthwein by her husband, Peter B. Orthwein, through a gift at the 1997 Le Bal d’Ecole.

Hobart P. Pardee Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mr. Pardee’s family to honor his life and achievements. Priority is given to NCC students in the human services program or to students who plan to transfer to prepare themselves to enter the fields of counseling or student development.

Panwy Foundation, Inc. Service Learning Scholarship

Established at the 2005 Le Bal d’Ecole, this scholarship is awarded to a student(s) who participates in Service Learning, thus contributing to the community and providing opportunity to reflect critically on their community experiences.

The Raindancer Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Olof S. Nelson, a director of the Raindancer Foundation, to assist students pursuing an associate degree.

John E. Schmeltzer IV Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created by John’s parents at the 2005 Le Bal d’Ecole in his memory. It is awarded to a student pursuing a degree/certificate in emergency medicine, medical technology or culinary arts.

Sylvia Schudy Scholarship For Nursing Students

This fund, in honor of Sylvia Schudy, the first director and founder of the NCC  nursing program, was created by her family, friends, nursing alumni and colleagues.

The Joseph I. Shulman Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established to honor the memory of Joseph I. Shulman by his family. His widow, Doris Shulman, was a member of the NCC staff.

John and Charlotte Suhler Scholarship

John and Charlotte Suhler created this scholarship at the 1997 Le Bal d’Ecole. Charlotte is a long-time board member of the NCC Foundation.

Jean Svalgard Memorial Women’s Scholarship

Established by friends and family to honor Jean Svalgard, a former NCC student, this scholarship provides financial assistance to a female student planning to transfer to a 4-year institution.

The UBS Investment Bank Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established through a gift at the 1997 Le Bal d’Ecole.

Pauline A. Toner Nursing Scholarship

The Pauline A. Toner Nursing Scholarship was endowed through a bequest from Ms. Toner’s estate to NCC. Ms. Toner had a lifelong goal to become a nurse, but unfortunately was never able to attain her goal. This scholarship in her honor is for nursing students.

Dr. Harry L. Trambert Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Trambert’s family to commemorate his life and achievements. Dr. Trambert had a long career as a Norwalk physician and was an active member of The Lifetime Learners Institute.

Nicholas Trivisonno Scholarship

This fund was established at the 2001 Le Bal d’Ecole by Nicholas Trivisonno to provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Karen Veitch Memorial Scholarship

This fund was created by the family and friends of Karen Veitch to honor her many contributions as director of the NCC Child Development Laboratory School.

John and Catherine Vigilante Scholarship

This fund was created by the Vigilantes to promote the study of foreign languages by NCC students.

Olivia Vlahos Scholarship

This scholarship was established by former students of retired anthropology professor Olivia Vlahos, founder of the NCC archaeology program. The winner of this award is chosen by the archaeology department faculty.

Morrise Wagner Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of former NCC professor of art history, Morrise Wagner.

Geneva Walsh Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the family and friends of Geneva Walsh, an alumna of NCC, in honor of her birthday.

The Michael G. Weyer Scholarship

This fund was created by the family and friends of Michael to honor his spirit of giving to those less fortunate than himself.

Michael Wilens and Carolyn Longacre Scholarship

This fund was established at the 2009 Le Bal d’Ecole to assist deserving students by a thoughtful gift from Michael Wilens and Carolyn Longacre.

Helen C. Whitten Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Helen C. Whitten, an NCC graduate to assist NCC students.

Women in Management Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established through a generous gift by the Women in Management organization.  It is awarded to a female student in a business-related major.

NCC Foundation Transfer Scholarships

Marion and Justin Glickson Scholarship

This scholarship is available to graduates of NCC who wish to transfer to a four-year college to complete their studies toward a bachelor’s degree.

Professor Michael Shub Developmental Mathematics Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2006 by NCC Professor Michael Shub to recognize a student who began his/her career at NCC in Developmental Mathematics and will complete his/her education at a four-year institution.

Charles J. Trantanella, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1987, in memory of Professor Trantanella, who served for 21 years as chairman of the accounting program at NCC and as a teacher and mentor to thousands of students. It is awarded to the graduating student with the highest academic average in the accounting program who plans to continue his/her studies toward a bachelor’s degree.

The Royce Scholarships for High School Seniors

Through a gift from Charles Royce and the Royce Family Fund, this merit-based scholarship program awards grants to top high school graduates from southwestern Fairfield County high schools who attend NCC full-time. This scholarship is renewable for a second year of study.

Croaning/Van Dyke Scholarship for Child Development Laboratory School Students

This fund was created by Donald and Debbie Van Dyke in honor of their long-time friend Kathy Croaning, a former member of the Early Childhood Education faculty and the former director of the Child Development Laboratory School.

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