Eileen Kraus Scholarship

Eileen Kraus, a 2002 Inductee into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, was the first woman to head a major regional financial institution and was the founding Chairman of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. She believed in women leaders, and her legacy demonstrates her commitment to mentoring women and advancing the causes that most affect them. On behalf of the Kraus family, we are pleased to honor her legacy today with the Eileen Kraus Scholarship Fund, and help ensure that the next generation of women leaders are able to follow the trail she so capably blazed.

Eileen Kraus (1938-2017)


The Eileen Kraus Scholarship

The Eileen Kraus Scholarship was established in 2016 in partnership with Kaman Corporation. The scholarship awards $5,000 each year to one outstanding Connecticut woman beginning her first year of college or university.

Eligible Applicants must be:

  • Female students currently residing in Connecticut (legal resident)
  • Recent high school graduates or in the final year of secondary school
  • Intending to enroll in her first year of college or university (current university/college students not eligible)
  • Able to attend the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Hartford, CT for recognition in November.


Applications for the 2020 scholarship are not being accepted at this time. Please check back in November 2019.





Bayan Galal is a senior at Woodland Regional High School, serves as the Student Body President and Board of Education representative. As a member of the Connecticut Student Advisory Council on Education, she voices student perspectives on issues concerning Connecticut high schools. Bayan is captain of Quiz Bowl and vice president of Math Team, competing at the state and national level. She recently represented Connecticut at the 2019 United States Senate Youth Program and was also inducted into her school’s Women’s Hall of Fame. Bayan will double major in Molecular Biology and Global Affairs at Yale University and pursue a career at the intersection of healthcare and public policy.   Her winning essay was about global healthcare policy pioneer Helen Smits.



Linda Thach attends Yale University and is studying Pre-Med/Biomedical Engineering. Linda was a 2018 graduate of Danbury High School. Her essay was about reformer Helen Keller.












Nina Bellusci won the first Eileen Kraus Scholarship. She currently attends Northeastern University and is majoring in mechanical engineering with a focus in aerospace and a minor in astronomy. Nina was a 2017 graduate of Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford, CT.  Her essay was about Astronomer Dorrit Hoffleit.





Donations to the fund in Eileen's memory may also be made via PayPal, check or credit card:


Mailing Address:

The Eileen Kraus Scholarship
c/o The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame
320 Fitch St, Schwartz Hall B-3
New Haven, CT 06515

Or make a gift over the phone: (203) 392-9007