Billings, Barrett & Bowman First In Family Scholarship

The partners at Billings, Barrett & Bowman are lifelong residents of Connecticut. All three partners received their J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and currently reside and practice in Connecticut.

Being blessed enough to graduate from college, as well as law school, they 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.

A select number of Americans, including Attorney Bowman, are able to overcome those obstacles and become the first member of their family to go off to college. 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, we are excited to continue the 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 First in Family Scholarship will award $1,000 to a student who best describes how being the first in their family to attend college has impacted them.


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.)


  • A resume that includes academic, professional, and volunteer experience.
  • A 750-1,000 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).

The winner of the Billings, Barrett & Bowman First in Family Scholarship will be announced in August 2019.


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 July 31, 2019.

Visit our First In Family Scholarship Award Winners page to see the stories of past recipients.