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Education: Learning Opportunities and Tips

We have many resources from educational tips and opportunities to Scholarship and Grants Information! Check below for more information.

**Scholarship/Grants Information**

  • The Willimantic Club awards $1,500 to the first place award winner and provides several smaller awards from $500 to $800. Many of our winners have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation. This is the link for our Live Your dream award. Check out the deadlines for ongoing awards, qualifications and apply online: 
  • Soroptimist International of Willimantic Dream Grants (no deadline/ongoing grant award) help women overcome obstacles to living their dreams. This new grant is all about helping women who have faced economic and personal hardships to live their dreams. The program helps women build a better life for themselves. The Soroptimist Dream Grant funds up to $500 which can be used for licensing fees, testing fees, tuition or transportation including bus passes and gas cards.  Apply online: 

       Information provided by Julie Sweeney, President of Soroptimist International of      Willimantic.

  • Are you looking to pursue higher education but do not have the finances?  Check out this website for information on how you can attend college with little to no out of pocket expense! These are services that provide you with assistance on how to apply for financial aid, grants, and scholarships.  Check out their website today!  -->
  • This link will connect nonprofits to Candid's Foundation Directory Online, GrantSpace by Candid (a free training and webinar database), as well as HPL's events calendar (when updated, it will list free nonprofit workshops.)
    Hartford Public Library Free Nonprofit Resources

    Hartford Foundation's Nonprofit Support Program website listing of all offerings including workshops, programs and learning opportunities, resources for new and start-up nonprofits, consultant directory, etc.
    Nonprofit Support Program

    Below is the link for our Covid-19 Response Fund where nonprofits can find links for the application, the grantmaking rubric used to prioritize grant applications, as well as a bit more information about our RPI strategic focus.
    Covid-19 Response Fund

    Looking for a consultant? Check out this searchable consultant directory.

 Important Announcement from Governor Lamont 

  • Metrix for all: The state of CT has partnered with Metrix Learning to provide FREE Metrix access for any and all CT residents who are interested. The Governor will host a press conference to announce this and letters/emails will be sent out to dislocated workers promoting the opportunity in the next few days. Our team will help support this CT Initiative in the following ways:
    • We will add a prompt to the call center for anyone who is interested in Metrix support
    • Our Facilitators will serve as Metrix “Coaches,” for all participants, whether or not they are enrolled in WIOA/JFES program 
    • Youth Liaisons will play a role in helping to support youth Metrix users
    • Our team goal will be to support CT residents with Metrix and enroll as many of them as we can into the WIOA services that will support them in their quest for employment.   

This is available to ANYONE with a CT ZIP code, regardless of AJC eligibility. 

Learning Opportunities During School Closure

Other Educational Resources:


The companies below are offering WIFI service to students without connectivity in the home, which should alleviate equity issues:

Charter Communications

  • 2 months free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription.


  • Internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 per month through our Access from AT&T program

  • All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data


  • Response and offers


  • Response (may need to open individual updates to see offers)


  • 60 days free Internet Essentials service to new qualified low-income customers (normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.)