Daniel Trust Foundation awards $20,000 to 40 first-generation and low-income college students



By Daniel Trust

June 27, 2022



I am so excited to share with members of our community that, because of your kindness and generosity, last month Daniel Trust Foundation awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 40 first-generation and low-income students in our College Scholarship Program.


Scholars in the Daniel Trust Foundation College Scholarship Program receive $500 over 4 years for a total of $2,000 to help them pay for their college textbooks and supplies.


Our scholars attend 26 different universities and colleges in 7 U.S. states and territory which include California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.


7 of the colleges our scholars attend are the University of Southern California, University of Connecticut, DePaul University, Iowa State University, New York City College of Technology, Temple University and Howard University.


Some of the degrees our scholars are pursuing in college are Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering, Marketing, Neuroscience, Nursing, Physics, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.


I believe it’s important to mention that 70% of our students are women and 30% are men who identify as African American (43%), Asian (28%), Hispanic (28%) and White (1%).


The impact Daniel Trust Foundation makes in the lives of young people and in the community is made possible by a small group of caring people who want to see our scholars graduate from college and secure well paying jobs so that they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty.


I want to take this opportunity to thank the people and organizations who make our work possible.


First, I want to thank the 30 current members of our Monthly Giving Program.


Kevin Brodie, Karen Caffrey, Haydee Cerezo, Paula Chu, Liza Escott, Jeb Gaybrick, Lorraine Gibbons, Custodio Gomes, Martin Heft, Callie and Niels Heilmann, Margaret and Wayne Hiller, Dani and Rob Howard, Djess Jacques, Gail Janensch, Francis Kalangala, Annmarie Kennedy, Elaine Knowlden, Christine Mauro, Angela Murano, Sherry Osadchey, Holly Parker, Fran and Greg Quish, Patricia Russell, Kathy Silver, Robert Smith, Ellen Spear, Jane Spivey, Denise Zack, Marie Conde and Heather Mooney. Thank you so much for being a monthly donor. Your donation truly makes a big difference in the lives of our students and in the community. Everyone here at the Foundation is grateful to you.


Second, I want to thank the 12 generous donors who made one or more major donations this academic year to support our student’s college education.


Stephen J. Perry, Elizabeth P. Ball, Joan and Ted Gillman, Robert and Tanya Rhodes Sminth, Miguel and Mariline Alicea, Joyce and Bernie Zimmerman, Ellen Spear, Darcy Hicks, Tremane Bratley, Brooke Cooley, Shannon Buckley and Dan Bosman. Thank you so much for investing in our students. Your partnership means the world to us.


Finally, I want to give a shout out to 9 corporate and foundation partners who invest in our work and make it possible for us to impact the lives of so many young people.


Berkowtiz and Hanna, Near & Far Aid Association, TD Bank, TD Charitable Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, TJX Foundation, Henkel Corporation, Constellation and Fairfield County's Community Foundation. Thank you so much for your partnership and for everything you do in the community.


I am also excited to share that this Fall, Daniel Trust Foundation will award another $6,000 in scholarships to 12 seniors who recently graduated from high school. I will share the news with you when it happens. For now, thank you for partnering with the Daniel Trust Foundation and helping us award $20,000 to 40 deserving college students.


To make a donation to support Daniel Trust Foundation, please click here.



Daniel Trust is a global social entrepreneur and philanthropist. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of Daniel Trust Foundation, an award-winning nonprofit organization that supports young people in the United States and Rwanda. Watch part I and part II of Daniel's interview on News 12 Connecticut's OUR LIVES.


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