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The global pandemic has suddenly impacted life all over the world, including here in Westport.  Many college students, graduating Staples seniors and their families in our own community have been hit hard by the response to the Covid-19 crisis, and—in addition to battling illness—have experienced significant loss of income and work opportunities.  Staples Tuition Grants has served Staples High School graduates for over 77 years by helping college students with a demonstrated financial need close the gap between the cost of higher education and what they can afford—a gap that has widened substantially these past few months.

You know our grant recipients; they are your neighbors, babysitters, camp counselors, lifeguards, baristas, and local restaurant and retail store staff.  Many lost these jobs for this summer and beyond, and live with a parent or grandparent who has also lost income or college savings through this crisis.

In response to this urgent need, in April 2020, STG partnered with a small group of generous donors who together pledged $50,000 to establish the STG Covid-19 Community Challenge with a challenge to the Westport community:  to meet an additional $50,000 in donations for a total goal of $100,000.  We are proud to report this ambitious goal has been been exceeded!  In May 2020, over $108,000 in funds were added to the annual grant pool and awarded to grant recipients who demonstrated additional pandemic-related need, and will be distributed in the 2020-21 school year.

As always, we welcome your online donation to the STG Covid-19 Community Challenge, our STG General Fund, or any of the 75 named awards that honor individuals or specific donors who have contributed so much to our communityWe also accept checks, which should be made out to Staples Tuition Grants, and sent to P.O. Box 5159 , Westport, CT 06881-5159.  Please include your name as you’d like it to appear, your address and email, and the name of the award to which you would like your donation directed in the memo field.