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Darlene Wolliston
Foundation & Program Officer
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Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity

The Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity is awarded to a deserving CREC region high school senior who is enrolled in a two or four year college for the upcoming year. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study and must be used within six years.

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Below is the timeline for interested applicants to plan the submission of their application to the Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity as well as key dates when eligible applicants will be notified:

April 3, 2023 Applications must be completed and received by this date to be considered for the scholarship.
Mid April Applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
Early May Email notification is sent to scholarship recipients' email addresses

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior at a public or alternative high school located in a CREC Member District (towns listed below).
  • Enrolled in a two or four year college in the fall.
  • Submit application form and 500 word essay.

CREC Member Districts and Eligible Towns

· Avon*
· Berlin*
· Bloomfield
· Bolton*
· Bristol
· Burlington
· Canton*
· Cromwell*
· East Granby*
· East Hartford
· East Windsor*
· Ellington*
· Enfield*
· Farmington*
· Glastonbury*
· Granby*
· Hartford*
· Hartland
· Harwinton
· Manchester
· New Britain
· New Hartford
· Newington*
· Plainville*
· Portland*
· Rocky Hill*
· Simsbury*
· Somers*
· Southington*
· South Windsor*
· Suffield*
· Vernon*
· West Hartford*
· Wethersfield*
· Windsor
· Windsor Locks*

* Hartford Region Open Choice Program Partnering Districts

Essay requirements

In no more than 500 words please describe a difficult situation that you overcame to accomplish a life goal. Please demonstrate to the reader how your struggle to overcome adversity has defined your personal growth. Then, describe how you will use your higher education to help transform your community.


A scholarship committee will review the essays in April and grant awards to recipients in May. Awards are renewed annually up to four years provided student maintains enrollment status.

The 2022 Recipients

Christine Costin

Rockville High School

Attending Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science in the Physician Assistant program and intending to be a Pediatrician

Isabel Marie Burgos

East Hartford High School

Attending Ohio State University, majoring in Music and intending to be a Music Teacher

Madison Lynae Johnson

CREC Metropolitan Learning Center

Attending Clark Atlanta University, majoring in Political Science and intending to be a Criminal Attorney

Marianaly Milagro Cadiz

South Windsor High School

Attending Springfield College, majoring in Health Sciences and intending to work in Nursing or Occupational Therapy

About Bruce

Bruce E. Douglas, Ph.D., has dedicated nearly 50 years to educating Connecticut’s children and families, and served as CREC’s executive director from 2001 to 2015.

Bruce began his career as a social sciences and history teacher, coach, and school administrator for Bloomfield Public Schools. He later served as superintendent of Suffield Public Schools before arriving at CREC in 1998 as the agency’s assistant executive director.

Bruce’s transformative leadership, divergent thinking, and inspirational mentorship have shaped the educational and social landscape of Connecticut and improved the future for Connecticut’s children.

Bruce is a relentless social justice advocate for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. He led CREC to adopt a culture of serving the best interests of children and families in Connecticut’s capitol region, and developed policy and legislation that drove public education to the forefront of the Connecticut General Assembly’s agenda each year. Bruce works tirelessly to eliminate the local, national, and global achievement gaps and to ensure that every child receives a world-class public education.

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