Pfizer establishes scholarships for 13 high schools

In partnership with Pfizer Inc., the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has announced the establishment of the Pfizer Scholarship Fund.

Beginning in the spring of 2014, the scholarship fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship award to a graduating senior from each of 13 high schools in New London County and Westerly, R.I., who will attend a college or university to pursue studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

"This scholarship fund will help area students pursue their educational goals at a time when so many of them are facing significant financial obstacles. It is terrific of Pfizer to invest in the future of local young people in this way, especially to inspire those interested in going into the STEM fields," said Maryam Elahi, president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation will administer the scholarship funds and facilitate the selection process.

"As a company devoted to biomedical innovation, we encourage young people in all fields of study that will create a healthier future for society," said Rod MacKenzie, group senior vice president and head of pharmatherapeutics Research and Development for Pfizer Inc., and site director, Groton laboratories.

Scholarship applications will be available on the Community Foundation's website (www.cfect.org) in mid-January 2014.

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