State Representative Themis Klarides (R-114) is congratulating Orange residents Eeman Abbasi and Yiwen Bao after they were each awarded a $2,500 Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Advance Scholarship during a ceremony at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The first annual CHET Advance Scholarships were announced by State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, and are being awarded to 200 randomly selected high school seniors from a pool of 3,635 applicants that hail from 85 high schools in Connecticut
“It is becoming more and more difficult for young people to achieve their college dreams as the cost of higher education continues to increase drastically,” Rep. Klarides said. “I applaud Eeman and Yiwen for pursuing scholarships as an alternative means of financing their education, and wish them the best of luck in the journey ahead.”
No state funds will be used for awards issued under CHET Advance Scholarships, as they are administered under the banner of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust, Connecticut’s 529 college savings plan. TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., The Hartford and plan managers for CHET Direct-Sold and CHET Advisor-Sold, contribute annually into a Scholarship account to finance the program.
For more information about CHET, visit www.aboutchet.com or call the customer service center at (866) 314-3939.
— This is a press release from State Rep. Themis Klarides