Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Funds are Making a Difference and Leading to Graduation

The Alliance began awarding stipends in 2013 to the first class of Greenwich High School AVID graduates. Since that time and as subsequent AVID cohorts have graduated, the need for additional financial support in the form of tuition aid has become apparent to allow these hardworking students to complete their degrees. Even with financial aid, loans and scholarships, many GHS AVID graduates are unable to pay for college educations and complete their degrees in a timely manner. 

All graduating AVID GHS seniors receive gift cards to purchase books and supplies for their freshman year in college. Beginning in their sophomore of college and continuing through to their senior year students are eligible to apply for scholarships by completing the Greenwich Alliance AVID SUCCESS Scholarship application. Scholarship applications are reviewed twice a year by the Alliance’s Scholarship Committee. The committee evaluates each application based on academic achievement, student involvement on their college campus, their connection back to AVID or the Alliance, and their financial need.

Scholarships Awarded Total Has Reached $880,000+

Recognizing the importance of the scholarships to student outcomes, our board has designated this as a priority. At this time, and with our current level of funding, we are only able to meet approximately one-third of AVID student tuition needs.  We need to do more! We have established AVID SUCCESS Sponsorships to help address this funding gap.

Attention AVID College Students

Are you a graduate of the AVID program at Greenwich High School? Are you enrolled in a two-year community college or a four year college/university? If so, consider applying for a Greenwich Alliance AVID SUCCESS scholarship. Contact Julie Faryniarz at with any questions.

UCONN graduation: Tobias Orellana, Adrian Navarro, Trevor Ingraham

Scholarships for Winter/Spring 2024 Semester have been awarded.  The next scholarship cycle will start in the late Spring.  Please watch for announcement on when applications for Fall 2024 Semester open. The prior semester’s application is attached for information purposes only.

All applicants must have successfully participated in the AVID program at GHS (Class of 2022 or earlier) and must be currently enrolled at a two-year community college or four-year college/university. Any questions, please contact Julie Faryniarz at

“I graduated from Greenwich High School and AVID in 2016 as a first-generation Peruvian immigrant. As a Latina, I was always aware of my differences compared to the rest of my classmates. Once I joined AVID, I finally felt a sense of belonging in a classroom setting. Having Mrs. Laura Brill, Mrs. Melissa Brown, and Dr. Sarah Goldin as my mentors throughout my early academic journey, motivated me to achieve my fullest potential…

As an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, I declared two majors that would allow me to form a solid foundation about child development: Psychological Sciences and Human Development and Family Sciences. My personal experiences and research involvement in these social sciences quickly advanced my interest in improving schooling for all children.

At present, I am a school psychology Ph.D. candidate at Fordham University… It is clear that my experience in AVID has influenced my research interest and future goals. My caring AVID teachers inspired me to continue a career in education and I cannot thank them enough. I hope to keep making them proud.”

Maria Sol Anyosa

GHS AVID Class of 2016, UCONN Class of 2020, Fordham Ph.D. Student

“I want to extend my many thanks to the Alliance & the GHS AVID program. You all have been great supporters throughout my high school and college career. I am so humbled by this opportunity to be the first in my family to graduate from a four year institution with a B.A. in Criminology & minor in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University! 

I am proud of the example I have set for my brother and know that my graduating from college was a dream for my father. Unfortunately, he passed before seeing my accomplishments. While at ECSU, I used the skills of self advocacy and organization that I learned in AVID to search for numerous opportunities.  I had the privilege of being the Student Orientation Advising & Registration Leadership Coordinator where I supervised 15 individuals from diverse backgrounds and a Resident Advisor. Although my senior year was cut short and my internship at Hilton fell through…I am so glad that I still have support from my AVID teachers and the Greenwich Alliance! Again, thank you for making what seemed impossible, possible.”

John Mendoza

GHS AVID Class of 2016, ECSU Class of 2020

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