In 1943 a group of Westporters founded Staples Tuition Grants with a $100 donation from the Staples High School PTA, believing that all young adults should have the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school.
By providing tuition assistance to Staples High School seniors and graduates with demonstrated financial need, these awards help students close the gap between what their family can afford and the expected cost of tuition at the student’s chosen college or vocational school.
In 2019 the student need is greater than ever.
The Board of Staples Tuition Grants is made up of dedicated volunteers serving up to four year terms. STG has no paid staff, and the Board is responsible for administering all aspects of the program, including raising funds, communicating with students, and allocating grants. All grants are paid directly to the bursar’s office at the recipient’s college, university, or vocational institution.
Many Staples Tuition Grants are given out as Named Awards, established over the years to honor individuals, civic groups, foundations and businesses, with whom the mission of STG resonates.