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. 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.
Due to Covid-19, we were unable to hold our annual Awards Ceremony in June 2020, but we have created this short video 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 and congrats to all!
KEY STG DEADLINES TO WATCH
2021 Student Application: Will go live around December 14, 2020
Application & Financial Document Deadline: around March 7, 2021
SHS Senior Interviews: tentative April 6 & 7, 2021
STG Award Notifications: late-May 2021
STG Award Ceremony: Mid-June 2021
STG KEY FACTS
- STG awards are completely needs-based.
- STG application process is aligned to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which is heavily weighted on family income and economic eligibility to ensure that grants go to Staples graduates with the greatest financial need.
- 96% of all donations historically fund grant awards, based on an all-volunteer board and low expense-ratio.
- Grants are based on a student’s net cost of tuition, room and board after factoring in all their school’s gift aid (merit- as well as needs-based aid), and other expected grants and scholarships from third party sources. Student loans are NOT factored into net need, meaning we do not penalize students or their families for assuming debt to afford school.
- All new applicants are interviewed to ideally match the wishes of donors with established named awards to the interests, ambitions and accomplishments of grant recipients.
- Unlike many aid programs, STG is not for freshman year only. STG recipients are invited to re-apply for further grants as long as they are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution.