Backus Hospital Commemorative Auxiliary Scholarship

The Backus Hospital Commemorative Auxiliary Scholarship was established as a one-time award to support Backus colleagues and dependents of Backus colleagues, including current or past participants of the Backus Junior Volunteer Bridge program, who are furthering or pursuing a career in health management or other healthcare related roles. 

2024 scholarship window is now CLOSED.


Applicants must be a dependent of a Backus colleague, current or past participant of the Backus Junior Volunteer Bridge program or a Backus colleague including volunteers. Recipients of HHC Tuition Reimbursement are ineligible for this scholarship. 

Applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate need and merit through application and compelling personal statement (300 words max)
  2. Be a high school graduate or a high school graduate by June of this current academic year
  3. Enroll in an accredited post-secondary school
  4. Plan to pursue study in a health-related field
  5. File application and personal statement. Applications are available online below and at the Backus Hospital Gift Shop.
  6. Provide proof of your academic standing and GPA; transcripts are suggested.


The Backus Hospital Commemorative Auxiliary Scholarship committee selects up to five scholarship recipients based on a variety of criteria, including academic persistence, community involvement and services, career interest and financial need. All applicants will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision by email.  

Submission Dates

2024 Scholarship applications will be accepted from April 15th through May 6th. Early or late applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

Completed applications should be in a single envelope and can be hand delivered to the Backus Hospital Gift Shop or mailed to:

  • Backus Hospital Commemorative Auxiliary Scholarship
    Volunteer & Guest Services
    326 Washington Street
    Norwich, CT 06360

Or emailed to:


Scholarship checks ($2,000) can be made payable to individuals or to the bursar’s office at identified school**.

* Backus colleagues include those who are employed by Backus Hospital or primarily work/volunteer in the Backus region. To be eligible, Backus colleagues must be in good standing, employed for more than 6 months and budgeted to work at least 36 hours per week. Part-time or per diem colleagues are not eligible for this scholarship. 

** Payments for Backus colleagues will be made payable to the bursar’s office only, not to individuals.