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 will award $5,000 each year to an outstanding Connecticut woman beginning her first year of college or university.

Eligible Applicants must be:

  • Female students currently residing in Connecticut
  • Recent high school graduates or in the final year of secondary school
  • Intending to enroll in first year of college or university
  • Able to attend the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Hartford, CT for recognition in November.


2019 Application process will open November 2018.  We are not currently accepting applications.



Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship recipient, Linda Thach!




Linda is a senior at Danbury High School. She plans to attend Yale University this Fall to study

Pre-Med/Biomedical Engineering. Her winning essay about the determination of Helen Keller and

how that persistence is reflected in her own life was selected from among 147 applicants.


Best wishes on your future endeavors, Linda! 







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