Press Release10.26.2023

Norwalk Community College Foundation Provides more than $1 Million in Books and Scholarships for 2023-2024 Academic Year

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Community College Foundation has announced a total of $1,019,000 awarded in textbooks and scholarships at the start of the 2023-2024 academic year. These scholarships were awarded to 556 local students pursuing higher education at Connecticut State Community College Norwalk and at other four-year institutions.  

“The Norwalk Community College Foundation strives to expand access to affordable, quality higher education so that everyone who wants to earn a degree or certificate has that opportunity,” says Vincent A. Murphy, Interim President and CEO. “We are grateful for the many generous donors who have supported Norwalk’s college students for decades and have included increasing access to higher education in their philanthropic priorities. The gift of education truly transforms lives, one student at a time.”

This year the Foundation’s scholarship committee expanded eligibility to students pursuing  non-credit classes and programs, resulting in financial support for 274 students who enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at CT State Norwalk. Notably, 74 students who recently graduated with an associate degree received over $450,000 in transfer scholarships to their chosen four-year institution as they continue their studies to earn a Bachelor’s degree.

“Since 2008, the NCC Foundation has been among an estimable group of entities within the higher education landscape offering transfer scholarships, which can make such a difference in the academic and career path of an individual,” says NCC Foundation board member and scholarship committee chair Livia DeFilippis Barndollar, who is also a partner at the law firm Pullman & Comley. “The scholarship committee is especially proud of this year’s class of transfer scholarship recipients who successfully completed their associate degrees largely during COVID restrictions, and persevered through that adversity.”

“The NCC Foundation also grants funding to the College for wraparound support programs that work to eliminate barriers to academic achievement and empower intellectual growth,” explains Barndollar. “CT State Norwalk is a fantastic place for local students to begin their academic and career journeys.”

The Norwalk Community College Foundation was established in 1965, four years after the college, and is an independent non-profit organization. It raises funds for Connecticut State Community College Norwalk programs and scholarships, including transfer scholarships for qualified students who have excelled in their completion of  a two-year degree program at CT State Norwalk.

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About Norwalk Community College Foundation

The Norwalk Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports expanding access to affordable, quality higher education, the development of a productive workforce, and contributing to the knowledge and well-being of our community by raising funds for Connecticut State Community College Norwalk.  

The Foundation works with individuals, major corporations, and local organizations to develop new initiatives and educational partnerships to inspire and engage our community to share talents and resources. With assistance from generous donors, the NCC Foundation provides $3 million annually in scholarships, faculty and program support, and student success initiatives.  For more information, please visit

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