State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden, also a trustee of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust, announced the winners of this year’s CHET Dream Big! Competition and Advance Scholarship.
For the CHET Advance Scholarship program, first year high school students had the option to enter a civic engagement category or non-merit category. For the first time in the program’s history, there was a category specifically tailored for students attending Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) schools.
This year’s merit winners include Durham residents Catherine Taylor and Malone O’Sullivan and Middlefield resident Mia DePonte.
As civic engagement winners, these students will receive a $2,023 contribution. Students that participated in the non-merit category will receive a $1,750 contribution.
Both categories are eligible for a $500 match if the students save $500 before December of their senior year.
“To me, civic engagement means the attempts to bring a community together as a whole – to fasten the loose threads that may have been created due to stereotypes, assumptions, and self-absorption, and weave us together again through the spreading of knowledge and ideas,” said merit winner Catherine Taylor, who interviewed Nancy Earls, co-founder and president of Coginchaug Education Foundation (C.V.E.F).
“I want to be able to leave a lasting impression on my community that will carry it towards a future where it is a more unified whole and a better place for everyone to live.”
A full list of CHET Advance Scholarship winners can be found at chetadvance.com.