Milton Fisher Scholarship

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is an annual four-year scholarship sponsored by the Renée B. Fisher Foundation and housed at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Four-year scholarships of varying amounts based on need are awarded to high school juniors and seniors, as well as college freshmen, from Connecticut and the New York City metropolitan area.

Since 2003, the Milton Fisher Scholarship has sought to reward students who have demonstrated exceptional originality in problem solving. In particular, applicants are those students who have:

* solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in new or unusual ways
* created a distinctive solution to a problem faced by a school, community, or family
* developed an original and innovative approach to save the environment or improve people’s health

Recipients are selected on the basis of their applications, which include essays and letters of recommendation. The deadline for applications varies each year but is often in early to mid-April. The complete application, as well as additional current information about this scholarship can be found at the official website.

The scholarship is named for Milton Fisher, an attorney and investment banker from New York City who made his home in Connecticut from 1960 until his death in 2001. He served on the boards of several public companies, and was the author several books, including two about Wall Street. His book Intuition: How to Use it in Your Life has been translated into several languages.

Additionally, he was also deeply devoted to the development of original thinking and creative processes. For over 25 years, he taught a unique course for adults called "Applied Creativity", which focused less on creativity as expressed in the arts (as it is often understood), and more on helping people be more creative in all aspects of their lives, developing creative problem-solving skills and innovative approaches to challenges they faced individually, or that faced their community.

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