Description and Basis of the Fox Foundation Awards

Each candidate should read with care the description of the Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Scholarships contained in the following paragraphs. While possession of scholastic ability is requisite, the awards are not made solely on that basis. The Trust Instrument established by Lewis Fox expressly states that the awards are based upon evidence of a combination of scholastic ability, capacity for leadership, outstanding character, possession of a spirit of reverence, and financial need.

Description and Basis of Awards.

Purpose: To perpetuate the memory of Jacob L. Fox and Lewis Fox and to contribute to the development of young men and women of character and ability.

Eligibility: All students who are:

  1. Official Hartford residents during their entire junior and senior years of their high school and
  2. Entitled to receive a diploma of graduation from one of the approved Hartford Board of Education secondary schools, magnet high schools or academy high schools:

Achievement First Hartford High School
Bulkeley High School
Capital Preparatory Magnet School
Classical Magnet School
Global Communications Academy
Great Path Academy Middle College High School at Manchester Community College
Hartford Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School
Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy
Hartford Public High School
High School Inc: Hartford’s Insurance & Finance Academy
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design
R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
Sport and Medical Sciences Academy
Weaver High School
University High School of Science and Engineering

Amount of Scholarship: The actual amount of the scholarship is determined by the Fox Foundation and announced at their annual Awards Ceremony in mid-April. Awards have ranged from $10,000 to $15,000. We recommend, but do not require, that the scholarship is used during the course of their undergraduate years.

The Trustees of the Foundation recognize that in some cases an applicant may meet all of the qualifications except that of financial need. In such cases, the Trustees may, at their discretion, designate an applicant as a Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Scholar but make a lesser or nominal award to such applicant. Any applicant designated as a Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Scholar will enjoy all of the privileges and benefits of membership in the Fox Foundation.

Time of Award: The recipients of the scholarships will be announced in April of the interview year.

Name of the Award: This award is known as “The Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Scholarship” and is open to any student meeting the eligibility set forth in the application. Note: The Fox Foundation reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applicants based on the completeness of all relevant documents provided with the Application.

All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee composed of Trustees and former Fox Scholars.  Finalists will be selected for interviews.

The Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Scholarships are awarded on the basis of mental ability, capacity for leadership, outstanding character, possession of a spirit of reverence, and financial need.  These qualities are described in the Trust Instrument of the Foundation as follows:

1.) Mental Ability: Recipients shall be of a good mind.  Their record and performance in high school should give the indication that they will be able to maintain the rigorous scholastic requirements of college.  Generally, they should rank in the highest quarter of their high school class.

2.) Evidence of Leadership: Recipients must show evidence of leadership.  The capacity for leadership is measured in two chief ways:

Participation in school and community activities. Among these are athletics, school clubs and community organizations, scouting, church and synagogue, camping, and like. Quality of work and the right attitude, rather than the amount of activity or the number of offices held, shall be of primary concern to the Trustees.

Ability to influence other students to high moral standards. This intangible quality is particularly important since the ability to bring out the best in others is an indispensable quality of leadership.  Wherever possible, the Trustees shall seek to ascertain whether the applicants show promise of future leadership.

3.) Outstanding Character:  Recipients must be of outstanding character.  In the qualities of character, the Trustees shall stress the following elements:

A sense of trusteeship or responsibility, so that recipients realize they hold their ability and whatever opportunities are given them, not merely for their own enjoyment and pleasure, but for the use of their fellow beings. A chief characteristic of this quality is the existence of a determined purpose to make something of one’s life and not to be a mere dilettante.

Unshakable loyalty to standards of high personal worth. The recipients of these awards must be clean-minded.  They must be individuals who have integrity of mind and the moral courage to uphold, independently and conscientiously, what they believe to be right.

A spirit of unselfishness. This attribute of character is evidenced by the way an individual cares for people and tries to help them, by possession of the marks of a loyal friend, by a willingness to sacrifice time and popularity to help the underprivileged and by possession of a warm sympathy that knows no lines of class, wealth, or race.

4.) A Spirit of Reverence: Recipients must possess a spirit of reverence. It is necessary that candidates participate in the program of their chosen faith.  The quality of reverence is not a matter of lip service or pretense.  The recipients must be young men and women whose lives reflect the practice of a strong faith and commitment to high ideals.

5.) Financial Need: Recipients shall be in need of such financial aid so that without the award of this or similar scholarship it would be difficult, though not necessarily impossible, to further their education in a college or in a university.  It is possible, however, for a student not in need of financial assistance to be designated as a Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Scholar.

Applications: The application period is open for a limited time each year. Opening and closing dates are provided to eligible schools and posted on this website. If you meet the eligibility requirements outlined above and wish to apply for a Fox Foundation Scholarship, please send an email to and you will be provided with a link to the online scholarship application.