WOODBURY – Elizabeth Varnum of Woodbury, a 2018 graduate of Nonnewaug High School, is one of five Connecticut students who are headed to college in the fall as a Lieberman Scholar.
Varnum, who will major in mathematics at Bentley University, will receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund.
The Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund received more than 200 applications in 2018 from students attending 93 high schools in 73 Connecticut cities and towns.
The review and evaluation of applications was completed by a selection committee at Scholarship America, based on factors including academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and career and educational goals and objectives. Financial need is not considered. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and have a record of community service.
To be eligible, students must be high school seniors who reside in and receive their high school education in Connecticut, plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a record of community service, and be United States citizens or permanent legal residents.
Varnum’s scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever comes first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.
Varnum was Treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America, Class Council, and the National Honor Society. She tutored children through the Spanish Ambassadors Club, was a member of the Teen Advisory Board of the Woodbury Public Library, and was part of the Youth Leadership Council at her church. She was honored with numerous awards for academics, clubs, leadership and character.
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