Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The Scholarship aims to honor these students and to help make their higher education goals more accessible.

Up to $20,000 each to applicants who demonstrate exceptional innovation and creativity. Financial need will not affect the selection of recipients. However, the amount of any award, from $1000 to $5000 per year, renewable for four years, will be determined by the financial need of the recipient.

3-5 awards are expected to be provided.

Any field

any accredited college (see below), although students applying from Middlebury will be attending Middlebury College.

As applied to Middlebury College, eligible students are:

  • a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program*.
  • a Connecticut or New York City resident (who can choose an institution of higher education either in Connecticut or New York City or elsewhere)

*The scholarship can be applied to any undergraduate degree program, which is defined as any post-secondary, undergraduate degree program at an accredited college, university, vocational school, or technical school.

The Selection Committee will select the applicants who show the most promise as innovative, creative problem solvers, on the basis of their essays, letters of recommendation, and other information included with the application. Academic and extracurricular information play an important secondary role in helping the Committee get a fuller picture of the applicant, but these are not the basis on which the scholarship is awarded. Financial need does not play a role in determining the selection of applicants. After the scholarship recipients are selected, the amount of each award is determined solely on the basis of financial need.

Final deadline TBA (April); external deadlines are also listed on program websites.

Interested candidates should contact Fellowships Director Arlinda Wickland for guidance and assistance in preparing the application.

Applicants must complete the Scholarship application and mail it along with two letters of recommendation, a transcript of grades, financial information, and letter of acceptance from college (if applicable), to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to decide, on a case-by-case basis, to contact applicants for phone interviews or to request additional materials. Applicants should not assume they have not won the scholarship if they are not contacted for an interview. Applicants will be notified by mail whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship.


Lisa Gates, Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

Milton Fisher Scholarship