The Stella Cretella Scholarship for those in pursuit of higher education through graduate or undergraduate degrees focusing on advocacy and policy reform in mental health services. This scholarship was established by Bridges’ Board of Directors, the Board Endowment Fund Committee, and the Board Scholarship Committee in memory of Stella Cretella’s 40+ years in advocating for mental illness health reform in Connecticut and her 10+ years serving on the Board of Directors at Bridges Healthcare, Inc.
Ms. Cretella was a firm believer in higher education, especially for women. She was a pioneer in mental health advocacy, awareness and treatment through her volunteerism on the board of directors for both Region II in Connecticut of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and Bridges Healthcare, Inc.
We anticipate awarding three $1,500 scholarships. The successful candidates must meet the following criteria:
1. Must be a Bridges employee, or spouse, child or grandchild of a Bridges employee, or a resident of Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, West Haven, or Woodbridge Connecticut;
2. Must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in Human Services; or must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in Mental Health Advocacy / Public Policy; and
3. Must be completing high school or have GED equivalent in the year the scholarship is awarded.
Completed applications are due no later than April 15th.