The Cuno Foundation awards scholarships through two separate trusts.
Frank E. Davella Educational Trust Fund
Established in 1996 by Frank E. Davella, Meriden resident and owner of Davella Volkswagen, the Davella Fund was formed to help students from the city of Meriden and vicinity to pursue their education at colleges and other institutions of higher learning, without regard to sex, race, creed, color, national origin or ancestry.
To be eligible, students must be:
- A high school senior
- A resident of Meriden or surrounding communities
- Entering a four-year college program
Scholarships are awarded based on prior academic performance, SAT scores, recommendations from teachers, financial need, and personal interviews to determine each applicant's motivation, character, ability and potential.
From 1996 to 2017, the Frank E. Davella Educational Fund awarded $4,132,469 in scholarships.
Cheshire Fire Department—William M. Grove II Memorial Scholarship Fund
Founded in 1979 in memory of William M. Grove II, the only member of the Cheshire Fire Department to ever lose his life in the line of duty, the Grove Fund has awarded $38,094 in scholarships from 1979 to 2017. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the Cheshire Fire Department based on their own criteria.