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This scholarship is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible.


Eligible applicants to the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity must satisfy these two conditions:

1. 1. Applicant must a high school senior or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program.

2. Applicant must be (a) a Connecticut or New York City metropolitan area resident planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education anywhere in the United States, or (b) a resident of any part of the U.S. planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education in CT or NYC.

Application deadline: May 15, 2024



We anticipate granting 5-8 awards of up to $20,000 each to applicants who demonstrate exceptional innovation and creativity. Financial need will not affect the selection of recipients. However, the amount of any award, from $1,000 to $5,000 per year, renewable for four years, will be determined by the financial need of the recipient.


How to Apply

Please visit our application page for directions on how to complete the online application.



Selection of Recipients

The Selection Committee will select the applicants who show the most promise as innovative, creative problem solvers, on the basis of their essays, letters of recommendation, and other information included with the application. Academic and extracurricular information play an important secondary role in helping the Committee get a fuller picture of the applicant, but these are not the basis on which the scholarship is awarded. Financial need does not play a role in determining the selection of applicants. After the scholarship recipients are selected, the amount of each award is determined solely on the basis of financial need.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to decide, on a case-by-case basis, to contact applicants for phone interviews or to request additional materials. Applicants should not assume they have not won the scholarship if they are not contacted for an interview. Applicants will be notified by mail in late August whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship.


Payment of Scholarships

On behalf of the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven will process scholarship awards and release them to the recipients' undergraduate educational institution.



Recipients are required to supply The Community Foundation with current transcripts and to notify The Community Foundation of any changes in email address, school address, school enrollment, or other relevant information. At the end of each academic year, they are obligated to provide evidence that they remain students in good standing at the educational institution in which they are enrolled, and are also obligated to provide a paragraph describing their activities over the previous year.


Additional Information

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is administered by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Questions regarding the Scholarship should be directed to info@mfscholarship.org.

Mailing Address:
The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
c/o The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
70 Audubon St., New Haven, CT 06510

(For more information about The Community Foundation, please visit its web site at www.cfgnh.org)