New Haven Scholarship Fund was founded in 1959 by Jean Paton Lovell (1894-1996)
Jean Paton Lovell was a mathematics teacher who had students with great
academic potential but without the finances to further their education. That first
year, Jean raised $400 from friends, matched it with $400 of her own money and
awarded eight $100 scholarships. Today, the all-volunteer Board of Directors,
several of whom were themselves recipients of NHSF scholarships, continue with
Mrs. Lovell's vision.
"A good education is important because it contributes to world peace. Properly
educated persons apply their knowledge, insight, understanding, and fine ideals
to meet more adequately their family needs and beyond that, to develop the
justice which alone can earn for us 'Peace on earth, good will to men.' "
In the 50 plus years since our founding in 1959, the New Haven Scholarship
Fund has awarded over $7 million in grants to more than 7,000 New Haven
Public High School graduates with the academic potential and financial
need to enroll in colleges, universities and other programs of
post-secondary education. The New Haven Scholarship Fund helps
talented and motivated New Haven high school graduating seniors to break
the cycle of limited opportunities.
The NHSF is a non-stock, nonprofit corporation, with charitable 501C(3)
status from the Internal Revenue Service; donations to the NHSF are
deductable to the extent provided by law. Our sole mission is to provide
scholarships to eligible New Haven students who have unmet financial
needs and academic potential.