Fuller Scholarship Fund

Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
Bank of America, Trustee
c/o Trinity College
Hartford, CT

Origin of the Fuller Scholarship Fund

Frank Roswell Fuller was born in Hartford on August 23, 1873, and attended local public schools. He went to New York City at the turn of the century and commenced a long and successful career in the brokerage business. He later formed his own company at 40 Wall Street known as Fuller & Company, which operated from 1904 to 1920. When he retired, he came to live in West Hartford where he purchased several large farms in the northwest section of the town. He died on March 1, 1957. Mr. Fuller was always interested in helping “needy, deserving” students obtain the education that he had not been able to enjoy himself. His will, probated in the Probate Court for the District of Hartford, establishes a substantial scholarship fund with the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, now Bank of America, as Trustee. A committee of five was appointed by the will to determine the scholarships.

Members of the
Fuller Scholarship Committee
President, Trinity College
Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Trinity College
Chairman, Bank of America, Trustee
Master, Connecticut State Grange
Conference Minister, Connecticut Conference of The United Church of Christ
(Congregational Christian Churches)

Eligibility Requirements

In order to meet the eligibility requirements for a Fuller Scholarship you must be:
1. Able to demonstrate financial need (determined by filing the FAFSA)
2. Currently in your senior year at a high school located within Hartford County
3. Maintaining an average of 70 or better (or its equivalent)
4. A member of the UCC/Congregational Church and “professed to be of the Congregational faith”
5. Planning to attend a fully accredited four-year college as a candidate for a baccalaureate degree
The Application Process
If you meet the eligibility requirements of the Fuller Scholarship Fund, you may request an application packet by writing to:
Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
c/o Trinity College
Financial Aid Office
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
Or email: financial-aid@trincoll.edu

Important dates for the award process are as follows:
March 1: Request scholarship packet;
Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
May 15: DEADLINE for submitting the following:
• Application
• High-school transcript
• Church recommendation
• SAR (Student Aid Report)
• College’s Financial Aid Award Notice
June: The Committee meets to select recipients
July: Applicants are notified; recipients must acknowledge acceptance of award and provide final high school transcripts
August-September: Checks are sent from the Fuller Scholarship Fund to the Financial Aid Office at the recipient’s college

Terms of the Award

Fuller Awards are made in the form of a grant (which does not need to be repaid.) The grant award is applied to the recipient’s total expenses for room, board, and travel to and from home to college (one round trip each semester). Fuller grants cannot be used to pay tuition.

Renewal of Awards
Frank Roswell Fuller Awards can be renewed for up to four years of undergraduate study, providing you are maintaining satisfactory progress and continue to demonstrate need. Leave of absence or transfers to another institution must meet with the approval of the committee before an award can be renewed. The Frank Roswell Fuller Award cannot be continued on to graduate school.

IMPORTANT: Renewal candidates must submit a copy of their Academic Transcript each year by July 1st. Renewal candidates who have transferred to a different institution must submit a copy of their college’s Financial Aid Award Notice, an Academic Transcript, and a copy of their SAR by July 1st.

If you have any questions concerning the eligibility guidelines or the application process, please direct them to the Manager of the Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund at the following address or telephone number:
Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
c/o Trinity College
Financial Aid Office
300 Summit St
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
Tel: (860) 297-2046
Fax: (860) 987-6296
Email: financial-aid@trincoll.edu

Not in the UCC of Course…

Many of the largest religious denominations in America, including Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the Southern Baptist Convention, don’t allow women to be ordained into the priesthood or hold the top leadership positions within the church.  And even within the religious organizations that do allow women to lead, it’s rare for women to serve at the very top. (The UCC had our first woman president in 2000 what?) Sojourners, a faith-based social justice organization, released a video on Tuesday that took a satirical look at this nearly 2,000-year-old trend. See video HERE.

But Joy Comes in the Morning: A Sermon on Hope Amid Our Fearful State of Race and Politics

But Joy Comes in the Morning: A Sermon on Hope Amid Our Fearful State of Race and Politics

Jim Wallis    Christian leader for social change; President and Founder @Sojourners

Politics will not be enough to confront this 2016 election. We will also need a spiritual message. There are gospel issues at stake here, particularly on the issues of race, with America’s original sin now being sold as a political strategy to angry white people. Racism is being incited and condoned, and now violence is being incited and condoned. So we will need to bring what Archbishop Desmond Tutu once called “a spirituality of transformation.” I remember when he preached that message from the pulpit of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. I had the blessing of preaching from that same pulpit this past Sunday, and I wanted to share the sermon I preached with you. Polls won’t be enough anymore for this election. We are going to need sermons. Here’s one.

What does the Word of God mean in our lives and our times? That is always the question for us as the people of God. How does the narrative of the Word of God change our narrative?

My wife, Joy Carroll was one of the first women ordained in the Church of England — she is a Brit! And in the U.K., she is well known as the Real Vicar of Dibley (after the hit television show in which she was the script consultant).

One summer we went to the Greenbelt Festival, where we had first met, with our 4-year-old son, Luke. Joy was up on the stage celebrating the Eucharist for 25,000 British young people. My young son, sitting on my lap, was watching his mom lead the service. She would speak and people would respond, “The Lord be with you … and also with you. She would ask them to do things and they would. After watching this for a while, Luke looked up at me and asked. “Dad, can men do that too?” Women in ministry are changing the narrative in the church, the society, and in our families.

Read the entire sermon HERE. Watch the video in the sidebar.

Praying for Others Promotes Hope, Optimism


According to David Briggs, writing in Huffingtonpost.com, one national study found that people who were prayed for by someone close to them were the most optimistic about their future — even though individuals receiving prayer were more likely to be facing adversity such as mental or physical health issues or unemployment. Read more here.