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Billings, Barrett & Bowman First in Family Scholarship

Attorneys Sean Barrett and Peter Billings are lifelong residents of Connecticut, originally hailing from the Bridgeport and Hartford areas respectively. Both attorneys received their J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2009, and currently reside and practice in New Haven.

While in law school, Attorney Barrett was involved with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, and also served on the executive board of the Mock Trial Honor Society. Peter Billings served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. Both attorneys worked throughout law school at well-respected firms in the surrounding areas.

Being blessed enough to graduate from college, as well as law school, Billings and Barrett recognize that while many people may have the talent and fortitude to go onto higher education, many lack the opportunity to do so simply due to their family situation.

And yet, a select number of Americans are able to overcome those obstacles and become the first member of their family to go off to college. But, while they were able to walk the difficult road to get there, there is still a difficult road ahead.

With that in mind, to help them on that road, Billings and Barrett are excited to introduce their First in Family Scholarship, designed to support individuals who want to further their education and are the first members of their families to attend college.

The scholarship award amount will be $1,000.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The scholarship is open to any student presently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the United States. This includes incoming first-year college students who are either high school graduates or in possession of a GED.

Scholarship candidates must be the first member of their family to attend college.

All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing, maintaining a cumulative average grade of a B (3.0 GPA.)

Application Requirements

  • A resume that includes academic, professional, and volunteer experience.
  • A 500-word statement describing the impact of being your family’s first member to attend college, including details on what you plan to study, and why you want to go there.
  • A current unofficial transcript from the applicant’s school (NOTE: First-year college students may submit an unofficial transcript from their most recent school, as well as an unofficial transcript from their current post-secondary institution).

Application Deadline and Instructions

To be eligible for the Billings, Barrett & Bowman First in Family Scholarship, applicants must submit their entire application (personal statement, transcript(s), and resume) by e-mail to All applications must have a subject line that reads: [Applicant’s First and Last Name] Scholarship Application. Submissions without this subject line will not be considered. The deadline for all application materials is November 30, 2018.

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For information on our previous award winners, visit here.