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All graduating seniors and former graduates of Staples High School, in Westport, CT, are eligible to apply for a Staples Tuition Grants grant each year the student is attending an undergraduate, community college, vocational or trade school.  Grants are awarded to students based on demonstrated financial need and are grants – not loans – and are therefore paid directly to the school the student attends, applied to the student’s net tuition, room and board cost.  Awards are for one school year only, and students need to reapply each year they wish to be considered, but can apply any year they are in an undergraduate (or equivalent) program.  Every year we consider each applicants current financial situation; whether or not the recipient has received an award in the past is not part of the criteria, so we encourage any eligible student with need to apply.



Every spring we hold an Awards Ceremony to honor that year’s grant recipients.  We welcome our donors to attend, especially those who funded or administer STG named awards.  Recognizing our students and connecting them with the sponsors of their awards is one of the great joys of our year.

The 2022 ceremony was held at the Staples High School auditorium on May 31, 2022.  All 2022 applicants who received an award for the 2022-23 academic year were invited to attend, along with award donors and members of the Staples and Westport community.

The 2021 ceremony was held at Staples High School on June 2nd.  We were thrilled to hold this event in person after doing virtually everything else for the previous 15 months virtually!  The 2021 Awards Night program describes the events and the awards handed out, and provides a summary of our 2020-21 year.  Here is a link to the photos from the evening (photos courtesy of Pamela Einarsen Photography – thanks Pam!).  Congrats to the 129 students who received an award for the 2021-22 academic year.

The 2020 ceremony was unable to be held in person due to the pandemic, so we created this short video in June 2020 to congratulate our recipients, thank our many supporters, and provide messages of support and thanks from donors, current students, former recipients, as well as school and community leaders.  Thank you to Margot Bruce for donating her time and talents to create this video, and congrats to all 109 student award recipients for the 2020-21 school year.