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.

2019 Applications now being accepted.  All applications, essays and supporting documents DUE FEBRUARY 15, 2019.


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.


Application to include the form (link below), an unofficial transcript, and an approximately 1,000 - word essay (we are looking for substance, not word count, so it is fine if you are over/under). Essays must answer the question: "Among the 121 Inductees of the Hall, who do you find most inspiring, and how do you see the legacy of this woman reflected in your own goals?"




CWHF not responsible for contacting applicants regarding incomplete or illegible applications. We do not recommend sending Google Drive documents that may limit viewing access. If you have questions about the scholarship or the application process, please email scholarships@cwhf.org





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