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Congratulations to over 100 incoming and returning students receiving over $113,900 in scholarships

Congratulations to more than 100 incoming and returning Tunxis students receiving over $113,900 in scholarships and awards “under the tents” on campus during our 34th Annual Student Achievement & Recognition Ceremony! Thank you to the many Philanthropists, businesses and the people who helped make 2017 extraordinary on campus and throughout the community! Enjoy more photos thanks to Lizz Riley of 5 Diamond Photography!


Scholarship and awards night is planned for Wednesday, 5/24/2017 at 5pm on campus and “under the tents”

Thank you to the many students who submitted a scholarship application and good luck!  We will notify students in May if they have been awarded a scholarship.  The Tunxis Foundation will provide free “thank you” cards to students who receive a scholarship, we want to help students thank the Philanthropist(s) that made the scholarship possible.

Scholarship and awards night is planned for Wednesday, 5/24/2017 at 5pm on campus and “under the tents”.  Scholarships awarded in May of 2017 will be valid until December of 2018. 

May your life’s journey continue to improve by being at Tunxis!


Tunxis Foundation Scholarship Application

Tunxis Foundation Scholarship Application

Acceptance for scholarship applications has now closed for this year.

The Tunxis Community College Foundation is proud to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for 2017.  Our two page pdf application & essay (on the second page) are required for scholarship consideration and are due by 11:59pm 2/9/2017 via email to

Essay: “What do you hope to achieve and how will this scholarship help you to achieve it?”
Hint: What is your story and how does Tunxis play a part in your future?
Our scholarship committee plans to meet in March and students will be notified by mid May.  Scholarship and awards night is planned for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5pm on campus, “under the tents.”

Our Tunxis Library, CCSU Library and public libraries throughout the State are available to students who may not have laptops or at home computer access.

We do have more students than scholarships but every month we are fortunate to have more people donate. Last year we had 284 applicants and awarded over 90 scholarships.  Thank you for applying and good luck!


Kathryn Plourde: Tunxis Foundation Scholarship Recipient and 2016 Economic Conference Student Speaker

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Kathryn Plourde, pictured with John Gallant, Tunxis Foundation Board Member

Our student speaker, Kathryn Plourde is a motivator and a mentor in many aspects of her life. Kathryn works full time for Filomeno & Company, P.C. as the supervisor of an administrative team of four.  She leads the Firm’s “50 Acts of Kindness” campaign as the Director of Culture. In June, she earned the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Scholarship. As a student at Tunxis Community College, one of the most significant lessons she has learned is the balance between school, work, and the most important person in her life, her 11-year-old son, Ryan.

registernow2016 Economic Conference Friday, November 18th at the
Farmington Marriott
Join us at 8:00am for networking and registration.

Stewart-Bonnie-webKeynote Speaker:
Bonnie Stewart, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for Connecticut Business Industry and Association (CBIA).

Key issue areas for Stewart have included business taxes, labor and employment, healthcare and liability. Stewart serves, and has served, on numerous task forces, councils and boards studying such matters as property taxes, medical privacy, numerous labor and employment law matters, and non-compete agreements.

cbia_2c_rgbBefore joining CBIA in 1988, Stewart worked for the office of the Connecticut Attorney General. She received her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire and her bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Connecticut.

Program schedule:

8:00am – Networking and Registration
8:15am – Breakfast and Coffee Bar
8:40am – Opening Remarks
8:50am – Student Speaker: Kathryn Plourde, TCC student
9:05am – Keynote Speaker: Bonnie Stewart, CBIA
10:15am – Closing Remarks

Photos from our 33rd Annual Student Achievement Recognition Ceremony held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 on campus and under the tents

Each year, our objective is to bring you exciting speakers whose experiences and stories will help you become more successful in dealing with the day-to-day challenges in your professional and personal lives. This year, we’re pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Bonnie Stewart, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for Connecticut Business Industry and Association (CBIA).

Please join us for an exciting morning of impact and networking!  Whether you are an employer, employee, student or new to Connecticut you will learn how to compete in your community ….in Connecticut.


The Housing Authority of the City of Bristol $50K Donation

The Housing Authority of the City of Bristol (BHA) gifted $50,000 to establish five $1,000 scholarships per year for a period of ten years. The announcement came at the end of the Networking Breakfast on November 12.  Students can apply and each recipient shall be a resident of the Housing Authority of the City of Bristol who has financial need and has shown meritorious work, academically and in the community.

Helen G. Sneed, Executive Director of the Tunxis Foundation was thrilled.  Sneed said, “I admire and thank the Bristol Housing Authority for supporting the Tunxis Community College Foundation and being true to its mission. A college degree is both an individual and societal benefit.  A benefit that lives beyond the life of the student and the donor.  I’m looking forward to meeting the first five $1,000 scholarship recipients this May.”


Economic Conference 2015 Student Speaker Nelson Algarin

Our student speaker at this year’s Economic Conference is Nelson Algarin, a former Marine whose story and personal journey from the battlefield to the classroom is an inspiration. Nelson overcame survivor’s guilt and the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life.  Throughout his years at Tunxis he has worked hard to transform himself into a high achieving student and campus leader.  He is currently President of the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS  (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members).  Nelson is the 2015 recipient of two Tunxis Foundation Scholarships, and he was the recipient of a Leadership and Service award for his involvement with the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS. He plans to graduate from Tunxis in June of 2016 with an associate degree in General Studies and then go on to obtain his bachelor’s degree and attend medical school.


A Student Veteran’s Journey

Nelson-1 flatten A Student Veteran Struggles to Fit Into Civilian Life and Emerges as Student Leader

Attired in a t-shirt, cargo shorts and flip flops, 23-year-old Nelson Algarin looks like a typical college student. His confident smile and clean-cut good looks belie his troubled past as a former Marine struggling with personal demons. As he tells his story, he strokes the dog tags around his neck, those of a fallen comrade.

Algarin’s return from Afghanistan began promisingly with a heartwarming welcome home and the excitement of returning to civilian life. Unfortunately, things began to unravel quickly. He soon found himself caught between living in the present and not being able to let go of the memories of the past. These memories included being shot in the back and losing two of his closest friends to war. In addition, he found he had difficulty relating to family and friends who seemed to view him differently. Continue reading

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