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Darlene Wolliston
Foundation & Program Officer
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Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity

The Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity is awarded to a deserving CREC region high school senior who is enrolled in a two or four year college for the upcoming year. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study and must be used within six years.

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Below is the timeline for interested applicants to plan the submission of their application to the Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity as well as key dates when eligible applicants will be notified:

April 1 Applications must be completed and received by this date to be considered for the scholarship.
Mid April Applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
Early May Email notification is sent to scholarship recipients' email addresses
May 19 Award presentation at the CREC Council Annual meeting.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior at a public or alternative high school located in a CREC Member District (towns listed below).
  • Enrolled in a two or four year college in the fall.
  • Submit application form and 500 word essay.

CREC Member Districts and Eligible Towns

Essay requirements

In no more than 500 words please describe a difficult situation that you overcame to accomplish a life goal. Please demonstrate to the reader how your struggle to overcome adversity has defined your personal growth. Then, describe how you will use your higher education to help transform your community.


A scholarship committee will review the essays in April and grant awards to recipients in May. Awards are renewed annually up to four years provided student maintains enrollment status.

The 2020 Recipients

Ryan Catlin

Southington High School

Kimarley Henry

CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half-Day program

Zhane Kelly

CREC Academy of Science and Innovation

Jada Minter

CREC Civic Leadership High School

About Bruce

Bruce E. Douglas, Ph.D., has dedicated nearly 50 years to educating Connecticut’s children and families, and served as CREC’s executive director from 2001 to 2015.

Bruce began his career as a social sciences and history teacher, coach, and school administrator for Bloomfield Public Schools. He later served as superintendent of Suffield Public Schools before arriving at CREC in 1998 as the agency’s assistant executive director.

Bruce’s transformative leadership, divergent thinking, and inspirational mentorship have shaped the educational and social landscape of Connecticut and improved the future for Connecticut’s children.

Bruce is a relentless social justice advocate for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. He led CREC to adopt a culture of serving the best interests of children and families in Connecticut’s capitol region, and developed policy and legislation that drove public education to the forefront of the Connecticut General Assembly’s agenda each year. Bruce works tirelessly to eliminate the local, national, and global achievement gaps and to ensure that every child receives a world-class public education.

Scholarship Committee

Tim Carroll (CREC John J. Allison Polaris Center)
Ted Carroll (Leadership Greater Hartford)
Julie Daly-Meehan (Metro Hartford Alliance)
Bruce Douglas (CREC, Retired)
Rita Ortiz (Travelers Foundation)
Curtis Robinson (C&R Development Company)
Alvin Schwapp (CREC Public Safety Academy)
Yolande Spears (The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts)
Nakisha Strickland (CREC Transportation)
Becky Tyrrell (CREC Foundation)
Darlene Wolliston (CREC Foundation)

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