New Haven Scholarship Fund
was founded in 1959
by Jean Paton Lovell (1894-1996)
"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, founder
Jean Paton Lovell was a mathematics teacher at James Hillhouse High School who had students with great academic potential but lacked the finances to further their education. That first year, Jean raised $400 from friends, matched it with $400 of her own and awarded eight $100 scholarships. Today, the all-volunteer Board of Directors, several of whom were themselves recipients of NHSF scholarships, continues with Mrs. Lovell's vision.
In the 60 years since our founding in 1959, the New Haven Scholarship Fund has awarded over $9.5 million in scholarships to more than 8,500 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.
Our sole mission is to provide scholarships to eligible New Haven students who have the most financial need and academic potential.