“I love that we could talk with people we don’t really know and make a product that can solve our problems in every single way possible. I liked to talk with Jeff and I see him as a role model. I think I have changed my mind on what I want to do, and to look into communications.”

Central High School Student

Bridgeport, CT


Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County is proud to collaborate with community and business partners in order to offer JA students the opportunity to apply for a scholarship. All submissions should be sent to:

Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County
835 Main Street
Bridgeport CT 06604

Rayner Scholarship

John Rayner, a JA alumnus from the late 1960’s, attributes his success in the business world to the time he spent in Junior Achievement program nearly 50 years ago. He would like to afford the same opportunities to local JA students so he has established a scholarship that will be given to one student each year, the following are the criteria that must be met to be eligible:

  • Student must be a JA of Greater Fairfield County high school student that has participated in JA in the any of the four years they have attended high school.
  • Student must demonstrate growth based on their experience with a JA in-class program or Business Challenge. Students must write a short essay (no longer than 750 words) by answering the following questions in order to demonstrate growth based on their experience with a JA in-class program, Business Challenge or other specialty Junior Achievement sponsored program
  • Essay must be accompanied by a referral letter from a teacher
  1. Overall which business and/or soft skills did you develop through the JA program and/or mentorship of the JA volunteer and how will they help you in your future?
  2. What did you learn about communication? (Give specific Examples) How do you think this will help you in your future?
  3. Did the JA program help you determine which career path/industry you would like to pursue? If not, did the program help solidify your current choice? Did you learn anything new about yourself and your interests? Be specific.
Lavietes Scholarship

Raymond Lavietes, Harvard Graduate, Shelton Entrepreneur, founder of Shelton Plating Co. and philanthropist established a scholarship fund for Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County in 2003. Valley students are encouraged to apply, criteria for selection outlined below:

  • Student must be attending a four year college or university in the Fall
  • Student must have participated in a JA in-class program, special event or out of class experience during their four-year high school career.
  • Student must attend a high-school in Ansonia, Derby, Shelton or Seymour
  • Essay must be accompanied by a referral letter from a teacher
  • Student with winning essay must submit a Thank You letter to Lavietes Foundation with a copy to JAGFC and be available for check presentation
The Karen Colangelo Memorial Scholarship Fund (Stamford)

The Karen Colangelo Memorial Scholarship Fund was established 16 years ago by her family and friends to memorial her and to honor her passion for Junior Achievement.

As a JA Company student at Westhill High School in Stamford, Karen was named Business Communicator of the Year and represented Junior Achievement of Southwest CT at the National Junior Achievement Conference in the Summer of 1989. Her experience with the program triggered a passion for JA, which she carried over into her college life where she volunteered to teach programs at the Elementary School level. Karen was also an avid volunteer while employed at GE and worked hard to recruit colleagues to also volunteer.

She was a committed and dedicated member of the JA family who is truly missed.

The Karen Colangelo Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to a high school senior graduating from Westhill High School, Stamford High School or the Academy of Information, Technology & Engineering (AITE) in Stamford, CT.

Applicants will need to have participated in an in-school JA program or a JA Student Impact Event (such as the JA Business Challenge or JA Stock Market Challenge) in their Junior or Senior years of high school in order to qualify. All eligible applications will be forwarded to the Colangelo family who will select the recipient they deem has most been impacted by JA and whose enthusiasm for Junior Achievement will carry on through their adult years.

  1. Applicants will need to provide the following in order to be considered:
  2. An Application Form-completed and signed by you and a parent/guardian.
  3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation.
  4. A copy of your High School Transcript.
  5. An Essay – (400 words or more) which reflects on the following topic:
  6. Junior Achievement’s goal is to ‘Empower the Future’.
  7. How do you think your JA experience has empowered your future?
  8. A short Testimonial (one or two lines) about Junior Achievement and its impact on you on as a student. (A video clip will also be accepted).

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This information was very resourceful, and it allowed me to gain more knowledge about this career.  I appreciate how you encouraged us to go into system engineering which before the trip I did not know much about, but after learning more about it, I am strongly considering this career path.

Bunnell High School Student, after the tour of Sikorsky Aircraft