QVCC Foundation Announces Helena B. Witkowski Scholarship

Monique Wolanin, Edward Dalterio, and Colleen StrandsonThe Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation is pleased to announces the establishment of the Helena B. WitkowskiScholarship. This fund comes from Ms. Witkowski’s trust and reflects the largest bequest the QVCC Foundation has ever received. It will allow the Foundation to provide approximately $18,000 in annual scholarships to local students.

Helena B. Witkowski was born in 1927 and grew up on a dairy farm in North Grosvenordale, CT. An Honors graduate of Tourtellotte High School, she went on to the Connecticut Institute of Hairdressing and Cosmetology in Hartford, CT. Ms. Witkowski continued her education while caring for her parents and working full-time in the beauty salon she owned in Putnam, CT. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University and a certificate in education from the University of Krakow in Poland. Ms. Witkowski then joined the faculty at Harvard H. Ellis Regional Vocational and Technical High School in Danielson, CT. She spent many happy, memorable years teaching, mentoring and caring deeply for her students. She retired in 1986 as Department Head of Beauty and Culture.

“Helping students was a hugely important part of my aunt’s life and it gives me so much pleasure to give this to QVCC students on her behalf,” said Edward C. Dalterio, nephew and trustee of the Helena B. Witkowski Trust. Monique Wolanin, Director of Institutional Advancement shared, “We are forever indebted to this trailblazing woman. Helena’s inspirational story illustrates the importance of remembering where one started by giving back to that community. This fund will serve residents of Northeast Connecticut for generations to come.”

It’s Scholarship Time!

College Debt

College can be expensive. Even if you qualify for financial aid, that doesn’t always cover all the costs that come with paying for school. This can deter students from even going to college or continuing their education because they feel they can’t pay for it. That’s where scholarships can help!


The QVCC Foundation gives out over $135,000 in scholarships every year. With over 100 individual scholarships, The Foundation helps students be able to afford their education. I have personally received two scholarships during my time at QV and that has made a huge difference for me. It has made it possible for me to get my education at a very low cost and I will graduate with NO STUDENT DEBT in May. This is a big deal for me – I will not have to worry about the burden of student loans before I get my Bachelors degree.

If this sounds like something that you are interested in, it’s really easy to apply! It will only take about an hour of your time and then you need to find 3 references who will write you a letter of recommendation. For more information and to complete the application go to,