Scholarships for those affected by CHD

Each year, the CHD Coalition is honored to award scholarships to eligible graduating high-school students. Applicants must have a congenital heart defect or acquired heart disease, and they must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high-school senior who will be continuing his/her education at an accredited college, technical, vocational or trade school
  • Be a resident of NJ, CT, or Metro NY (Metro NY consists of the 5 boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, or Rockland County)
  • Have a congenital heart defect or acquired heart disease
  • Complete the application and submit it by the deadline

ATTENTION: Due to the current situation we are experiencing, scholarship recommendation letters can be emailed to

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2019 CHD Coalition Scholarship recipients—we wish them success and happiness in their future endeavors!

Giulia Russo

University of Rhode Island

Intelligent, insightful and caring. Those are just 3 words used to describe Giulia, but so much more could be said of her giving nature as demonstrated through her annual journal drive. Over the past 5 years, Giulia has collected more than one thousand journals that are inserted into the CHD Coalition Heart Bags that are provided to patients during a hospital stay. We are grateful for her ongoing support and wish her success as she begins her studies at the University of Rhode Island in the fall of 2019.

Holley Petrie

Montclair State University

Holley has overcome many challenges so far– and has done so with extreme bravery, strength and a big heart. These traits will serve her well in the future as she pursues a career as an elementary teacher. Holley is full of potential and enthusiasm and we wish her all the best as she attends Montclair State University in the fall of 2019.

Joseph Hernon

Suffolk Community College

With a passion for math and science, Joseph aspires to become a leading Astrophysicist -- and to one day, make a change in the world! Joseph will be studying at Suffolk Community College in fall 2019 and plans to transition to Stony Brook sophomore year through a school co-op program. With his excellent work ethic, strong ability and great promise he has all the tools in place to succeed! We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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