French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut, Inc.


Scholarship Program Guidelines

The Mission of the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut is to foster the study of ancestral origins, encourage research into the history of families, and provide information about French-Canadian and Acadian family histories. We accomplish our mission by operating a genealogical research library; by promoting interest in genealogy through dissemination of information, knowledge and special studies of genealogical value; by cooperating with and providing aid to researchers; and by encouraging, aiding and engaging in public education through lectures, seminars and other events related to genealogy and French Canadian history.


The Purpose of the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut’s Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a deserving high school graduating senior or student of French-Canadian extraction who intends to pursue or who is pursuing a course of study at either a two-year or four-year accredited educational or career institution.


The FCGSC is offering an educational scholarship of $500 to a student for full or part time attendance at a two or four-year regionally accredited college or university or a state-approved and licensed career school.  NOTE: Scholarship funds will be awarded to the student upon receipt of evidence of registration in an accredited educational institution.


 Criteria and eligibility 

  1. Applicant must be a current member or the child or grandchild of a current FCGSC member.

  2. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or returning student.

  3. Applicant must have at least a 2.7 grade point average (or a “B-” average).

  4. Application may be submitted multiple times, but scholarship will be awarded to the same student       only twice.


General Instructions

  1. DEADLINE for scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year is 4 P.M. April 25, 2020.  

  2. Refer to the application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed               (i.e., reference forms, evidence of GPA, etc.)  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  3. If any question does not apply to you in this application, please put N/A in the space.

  4. Type or print legibly. Illegible applications will not be considered. 

  5. You will be notified by mail during the first week of June regarding the status of your application.

  6. If you have any questions about the application, please call the FCGSC Office at (860) 872-2597.


Application Process 

   Applicant must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly in ink). Click HERE for downloadable form. 

  2. Letter of application, addressed to the Scholarship Committee, that contains a brief description of yourself and your college plans (educational institution, intended major, and anticipated start date). Letter should not exceed one (1) page.

  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals with significant knowledge of your experience and involvement: your high school teachers, administrators, counselors, employers, pastor, etc.

  4. A recent official high school or college transcript with cumulative grade point average and class standing/rank.

  5. A single-line lineage for yourself, going back to an ancestor who migrated to Canada or to the United States from Canada.

  6. An original personal Essay of 2-3 typed pages, double-spaced, 12 pt / Times New Roman font. Essay should describe what you have learned about the life of your immigrant ancestor.


The submission deadline for the 2020 application is 4 P.M. on April 25, 2020. Applications postmarked or hand delivered after this date will not be considered.

Meet our First Scholarship Recipient

We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of the Spring, 2019, FCGSC Scholarship Award is Austin P. Bertrand. Austin is the son of Martha and Steve Bertrand of Manchester, Connecticut, and the grandson of the late Paul  and Eliette (Dube) Bertrand. Paul was originally of St-Victor de Tring, Beauce and Elliette hailed from St-Noel, Matapedia, Canada. Austin will be a Senior at Bryant University in the fall, where he is pursuing a double major in Finance and Applied Analytics with a minor in Economics. His career goal is employment as a research analyst for a financial organization, or possibly a position as a Financial Analyst or a wealth manager. He participates in Bryant University’s Finance, Management, and Applied Business Concepts clubs, and is a member of the ski and golf clubs. We congratulate Austin on his academic achievement and wish him continuing success in his college career and subsequent chosen field.