Purpose of the Award

The Greater New England Alliance of Black School Educators is seeking to further the higher education opportunities among qualified juniors and senior students of color who are residents of Connecticut and have  been accepted into the School of Education.  It is our desire that through this financial assistance, some area  young person, who might not otherwise have been afforded the opportunity, might gain advanced educational training.  Further, it is our hope that with this education, the individual will be able and obliged to contribute to the betterment of the area, the country and indeed the world.

Eligibility Requirements for the Award

  1. Applicant must be a junior or senior (by the fall semester of the award year) college who can verify his/her acceptance into the School of Education.
  2. Applicant must be a student of color and a resident of Connecticut.
  3. Applicant must have a Grade Point Average of at least a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Applicant must be engaged in on-campus organization (s) or be actively involved on campus.
  5. Applicant must demonstrate an economic need.
  6. Applicant must submit his/her transcripts. (unofficial is acceptable)
  7. Applicant must attach a completed essay.
  8. Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from an academic advisor, professor or mentor.
  9. Applicant must complete in full the attached application within the required time frame in order for consideration.

Two scholarships of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) each will be awarded.

Lou Irvin Award

The Greater New England Alliance of Black School Educators (GNEABSE) is happy to announce its Annual GNEABSE-Lou Irvin Scholarship Program. The Scholarship aids juniors and seniors in college who have been accepted into teacher certification programs in schools of education. Two one thousand ($1,000.00) scholarships will be awarded to deserving students of color from Connecticut.

We are most interested in reaching and assisting those students who have demonstrated academic promise, are well-rounded individuals, and may have financial needs.


We are asking that you would please assist us by issuing our enclosed applications to all qualifying students attending your college/university who have been accepted in your teacher certification program.

For students to be given consideration, the full and complete application.

Applications mailed late as well as those without transcripts and supportive required documents will not be considered. 

Please instruct the applicant to mail completed application to:

Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 2633
Hartford, CT 06146-2633

Please feel free to make additional copies of this application as needed.  Additionally, copies can be downloaded from our website.

Thank you so very much for your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.


A. Cheryl Curtis, ED.D.
Scholarship Committee Chair
Lou Irvin Scholarship – GNEABSE

Lou Irvin Awards Luncheon