Community services

Manchester Community Services Board offers scholarships again

MANCHESTER, CT – The Manchester Community Services Board announced its annual call for scholarship applications on Wednesday.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 1 and early applications are encouraged. Information packages, including easy-to-fill forms, can be requested by emailing Penni Micca, Chair of the Scholarships Committee, at [email protected]

The MCSC Scholarship Program has three annual award categories: The Ed & Eleanor Coltman Scholarship for students enrolled at ManchesterCommunity College ($500 award); the Justus Joy Scholarship for the highest Eagle Scouts and Girl Scout Gold Award recipients in the Manchester CT Troops ($1,000); and the Dorothy “Dotti” Cannon Scholarship ($500 prize) which supports students pursuing a culinary arts education.

“Our three scholarships honor the memory of individuals dedicated to bettering their communities through service,” said Bob Bycholski, MCSC Board Chair. The awards are funded by a combination of annual membership dues and private/outside donations, Bycholski noted, in keeping with MCSC’s mission established 50 years ago.

Fellows in previous years have advanced their studies in many fields, such as social services, medical radiography, journalism, culinary arts and hospitality management, and business administration, among others.


Scholarships can be used for tuition, books, supplies, or living expenses for the Fall 2022 semester. Donations to support MCSC scholarships can be mailed to: MCSC, PO Box 4032 , Manchester, CT 06045-4032. (Make payable to MCSC and state which scholarship.) Contact Penni Micca at [email protected] for more information.

Founded in 1972, MCSC provides a forum to meet the needs of the Manchester community. The non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting community alliances that break down barriers to social services as an essential part of improving the quality of life for all Manchester residents. Interested citizens, agencies, nonprofits and businesses are invited to attend the monthly meetings (currently held online) primarily on the first Thursdays of September through May. For more information, visit