Big Y’s Scholarship Program 2023

Big Y’s Scholarship Program 2023

Big Y has awarded 4.7 million dollars to over 6,300 students since the beginning of Big Y’s Scholarship Program in 2021.

Big Y® Foods, Inc. is one of the largest, locally-owned supermarket chains in Southern New England. A family-owned and operated corporation, Big Y has represented excellence in the food industry since 1936.

In tribute to both its employees and its customers, Big Y offers an annual scholarship program. Established in 1981, the program includes a series of scholarships that honor Big Y’s founders; the late Paul H. D’Amour, and his brother, Gerald D’Amour. In addition, there is a scholarship series that was originally funded by Big Y employees to commemorate Big Y’s 50th Anniversary, one recognizing the contributions of area law enforcement officers and firefighters and a category that acknowledges the tremendous sacrifice made by all Military Service members and their families.

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Big Y’s Scholarship Program 2023

All Big Y scholarships recognize academic merit and achievement. They are awarded to the most academically outstanding students in the Big Y market area. There are awards for both traditional and nontraditional students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Phone: (413) 504-4080

Scholarship Application Timeline

  • The online application is available from Nov 1st – Feb 1st.
  • Notifications are emailed in early April. (Note: You may need to check your SPAM folder)
  • Scholarship recipient names are posted on in early May.

Who Is Eligible

Big Y Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors, undergrad, and graduate students. Employees, their dependents, customers, and their dependents are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, a student’s permanent residence, or school, must be located in Massachusetts or Connecticut. (All employees are eligible regardless of residence).

*Prior Big Y scholarship award recipients are not eligible to reapply.

How to Apply

  • Please visit our scholarship page on our official website at (between Nov 1- Feb 1) and click the application link to review the most up-to-date information.]
  • Paper applications are no longer accepted.
  • After February 1st, any incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

Please Note: You may find prior year paper applications on the internet and on 3rd party sites. These are not valid and will not be accepted

Supporting Documents

  • Academic Transcripts do not need to be official (digital copies – photos, PDFs, scans – are acceptable).
  • Two Letters of Recommendation are required. Only one must be from a teacher or a college professor. High school Seniors and College freshmen can submit copies of letters written for college entrance.
  • Recommendation letters can be uploaded by a 3rd party (For example school personnel). Please follow the instructions on the online application system to request letters from your teacher, college/university professor, etc.
  • If you did not take any College Board exams (such as SAT or ACT), or it has been more than 3 years since you took them, you can complete an online application without them.
  • Personal resume/fact sheet detailing activities, achievements, awards, community involvement, leadership positions, and class rank (if applicable).

High School, College, and University Representatives:

  • Annually, Scholarship packets (poster and letter) are mailed to schools within Massachusetts and Connecticut in early Fall.

Please note: Please email, to request your school be put on our mailing list or removed from the mailing list.

  • If you receive an email request from a student, you will be provided a link to upload the recommendation letter. The student will not see the letter.   It can only be viewed by the scholarship committee.
  • Academic Transcripts:  We will accept unofficial transcripts.

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