October 31, 2013

Hartford, CT – State Senators Kevin Kelly and Rob Kane recognize and congratulate Rachel E. Mayers, a student from Seymour, on receiving a Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Advance Scholarship. Mayers was awarded a $2,500 grant for her college education during an award ceremony at the State Capitol yesterday.

“Paying for school is a challenge faced by many young people who dream about pursuing a college education,” said Sen. Kelly. “I hope that this scholarship will help make college more affordable for our local Seymour student, so that she may achieve her goal of a college degree.”

“We commend Rachel on being awarded this scholarship and wish her and all Seymour high school seniors the very best in the future,” Sen. Rob Kane said. “The cost of higher education is not getting any cheaper, and these funds will allow Rachel and the other scholarship winners to spend less time worrying about how to pay for college and more time focused on getting into college and staying in college.”

Mayers was one of 200 high school seniors selected to receive a CHET Advance Scholarship. Winners were randomly selected from a pool of 3,635 applicants that hail from 85 public high schools, 10 parochial high schools and 3 independent high schools in Connecticut. Two of the winners are home-schooled students. Almost half of the towns in Connecticut have at least one winner, and all eight counties are represented among the winners.

CHET Advance Scholarship is administered under the banner of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust, Connecticut’s 529 college savings plan. No state funds will be used for awards issued under CHET Advance Scholarship. Instead, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. and The Hartford, plan managers for CHET Direct-Sold and CHET Advisor-Sold, respectively, contribute annually into a scholarship account to finance the program.

For more information on the CHET Advance Scholarship, visit the Office of the State Treasurer website: