Eileen Kraus Scholarship

We are saddened to announce that Eileen Kraus, a 2002 Inductee into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, passed away on July 1, 2017. 

Eileen was the first woman to head a major regional financial institution, and 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 invite you to honor her legacy today with a gift to 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)


Donations 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
New Haven, CT 06515

Or make a gift over the phone: (203) 392-9007

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 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 was a past Chairman of the Board and 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


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.