Eileen Kraus Scholarship

Our 2017 Eileen Kraus Scholarship Winner:


The Hall is pleased to announce the winner of the first $5,000 Eileen Kraus Scholarship, Nina Bellusci! Nina is an outstanding senior at Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford, CT.

Nina’s application was chosen from among 147 candidates from across the state. Her essay on Inductee Dorrit Hoffleit, a famed astronomer, showcased her research and writing ability, while introducing us to her own love of aerospace engineering and astronomy.

Nina plans to attend Northeastern University this fall to major in mechanical engineering with a focus in aerospace and to minor in astronomy.

The Eileen Kraus Scholarship

The Eileen Kraus Scholarship was established in 2017 in partnership with Kaman Distribution. The scholarship will award $5,000 each year over the next five years to an outstanding Connecticut woman beginning her first year of college or university. The scholarship honors 2002 Hall of Fame Inductee Eileen Kraus, the first woman to head a major regional financial institution. Among the founders of the Hall, Mrs. Kraus is a past Chairman of the Board and currently a Trustee Emerita. She also served on the Board of Directors of Kaman for more than 20 years. This $5,000 scholarship honors her legacy and recognizes an outstanding young Connecticut woman embarking on 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 (2017 recipient to be recognized at the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony on November 9, 2017)


2018 Application Process & Timeline

Please check back in the Fall of 2017 for details