About Us

New Haven Scholarship Fund was founded in 1959
by Jean Paton Lovell (1894-1996)

Our History

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.' "
-Jean Lovell

Our Mission

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 need and academic potential.