CONNECTICUT—Sophia Kudler of West Hartford, Connecticut, is among five Connecticut teens selected to receive college scholarships from the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund. The five students who are headed to college in the fall will be the 10th class of Lieberman Scholars to receive scholarships from the Fund. Each student will receive $1,500 scholarships for their freshman year, which can be renewed for their sophomore, junior and senior years if they maintain a solid academic record.
In addition, 14 current college students who received scholarships beginning in their freshman year will have the scholarship renewed for their upcoming sophomore, junior or senior year.
In addition to Kudler, recipients of the Jo Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund include:
Arjun Anand of Stamford; Easha Patel of Ellington; Anmol Sapru of Cheshire; and Avery Tripp of Falls Village.
A 2022 graduate of William Hall High School, Kudler. will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where she major in biology.
A researcher, advocate, and author, she teaches KenKen math puzzles using her published book, KenKen For Kids! She also served as Epilepsy Foundation of CT legislative intern and testified before the Connecticut legislature. For the past two years, she has performed rare-disease research at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She was also founder and editor-in-chief of her school’s foreign-language magazine, and is a Coca-Cola Scholar and National Merit Scholar.
Kudler and her family are members of Beth El Temple of West Hartford, where she served as a teacher’s aide in the synagogue’s SULAM religious school throughout her high school years.
Active in the local Jewish community, she attended classes at JTConnect (Jewish Teen Learning Connection), served as a teen representative on the JTConnect adult board, was a Teen Engagement Fellow, and a mentor to the Teen Engagement Fellows, and volunteered in the Friendship Circle through their Friends At Home program.) Kudler has also been an active member and leader in West Hartford USY (WHUSY), serving as a board member for three years and, for two of those years, as chapter president.
“Higher education can provide the foundation for greater opportunity, enabling determined and inspiring young people to advance their studies and achieve their aspirations,” said former Sen. Lieberman. “I am pleased to support these students with this scholarship, and commend their accomplishment. The scholarship provides a way for me to express my continuing appreciation to the people of Connecticut. And it reflects my confidence that these young people, along with past scholarship recipients, will distinguish themselves in their academic studies and beyond, influencing the future of their local communities and our nation.”
To be eligible, students must be high school seniors who reside in Connecticut and received their high school education here, plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a record of community service, and be United States citizens or permanent legal residents.
Scholarship awards are only for undergraduate studies.