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: April 17, 2021

ATTENTION: Due to the pandemic, scholarship recommendation letters can be emailed to

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2020 CHD Coalition Scholarship recipients—we wish them success and happiness in their future endeavors!

Kevin Nichols

Kevin Nichols

Drexel University

With a passion for engineering, Kevin was not just a leader on his school Robotics team -- but also volunteered serving as a role model and inspiration for younger students by sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm. He is a true leader, always willing to help others and is described as someone who “will make the community around him a better place.” These traits will serve him well as he studies Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University in the fall of 2020.
Zachary Steffens

Zachary Steffens

The College of New Jersey

Positive, optimistic and inspirational. These are just 3 of the words used to describe Zachary who has worked hard for all that he has accomplished. He has studied Tae Kwon Do for 13 years (is now a second-degree black belt) and instructs young children to learn the same discipline he now possesses. We wish Zachary all the best as he attends The College of New Jersey in the fall of 2020, where he will study Biomedical Engineering in hopes of developing technology that will help others live longer and healthier lives.

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