Ella T. Grasso Memorial Scholarship
Established May 1, 1996
By Woodbury Democratic Town Committee
The Woodbury Democratic Town Committee named their scholarship in honor of Ella T. Grasso, who was committed to understanding the social and economic problems in her community and state, and who promoted practical solutions to improve the lives of working people.
Ella Tambussi Grasso grew up in Windsor Locks, the daughter of a baker. Because of her studiousness at St. Mary’s School, she was awarded a Rockefeller Scholarship to attend the Chaffee School. Her graduation with honors from Chaffee earned her a scholarship to attend Mt. Holyoke College.
At Mt. Holyoke, Ella’s course work in labor economics was supplemented with practical experience working on projects with working women at the local YWCA, and as an undergraduate assistant at the Hudson Shore Labor School, which provided classes to women employed as domestics and in factories. Her senior thesis on workers’ compensation law in Connecticut suggested two major reforms: state funding for work-related illness and injury compensation and standardization of compensation law.
While at Mt. Holyoke, Ella also promoted interest in current events while she was president of the American Student Union. At monthly meetings, the club discussed domestic and international issues, and Ella also published a weekly article about current affairs, promoting books and on campus lectures.
subsequent service to her community, and to the state
of Connecticut is not surprising given her early
background. She spent her life working for the public
good, in all her elected positions as a State
Assemblywoman, Secretary of the State, Congresswoman,
and as Governor of Connecticut. The Ella Grasso
Scholarship encourages Woodbury high school graduates
to continue their education in memory of Ella Grasso’s
commitment to public service.