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Bridges Healthcare Accepting Kasdan Scholarship Applications

Shaun Mee, Chairman of Bridges Healthcare, Inc. announced that applications are now being accepted for The Barry Kasdan Scholarship for the pursuit of a Graduate or Undergraduate Degree in Human Services.  Eligible applicants must reside in one of the towns located in Bridges’ service region, or be employed or related to a Bridges employee.

Criteria For Awarding The Scholarship

We anticipate awarding two $1,000 scholarships in 2019.  The successful candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a Bridges employee, or spouse, child or grandchild of a Bridges employee, or a resident of Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, or Woodbridge Connecticut;
  2. Must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in Human Services; and
  3. Must have completed at least two semesters of college.

To request an application please contact smee@bridgesmilford.org.  Completed applications are due no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  Scanned electronic applications with requested additional materials can be emailed to smee@bridgesmilford.org or hard copy applications with requested additional materials can be mailed to:

Barry Kasdan Scholarship Committee
163 Woodvale Road
West Haven, CT 06516.

This scholarship was established by Bridges’ Board of Directors, the Board Endowment Fund Committee, and the Board Scholarship Committee in honor of Barry Kasdan’s 30+ years of leadership and service to Bridges Healthcare, Inc.  Funding for the scholarship is derived from the proceeds of the Visionary Leadership dinner, held in honor of Mr. Kasdan’s retirement in 2014.  Mr. Kasdan was appointed President and CEO of Bridges, then known as Milford Mental Health, in 1984.  Under his leadership, the organization grew from a small mental health agency with 22 employees and a $700,000 budget, to an integrated healthcare system with 160 employees and an annual budget of $13 million.  Bridges Healthcare, Inc. continues to grow in size and scope serving over 5,000 areas residents in Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, and Woodbridge.

Bridges Healthcare offers a comprehensive range of mental health, substance abuse and primary care programs and services.  With its headquarters in Milford, CT, Bridges is the state designated Local Mental Health Authority for Milford, Orange and West Haven and provides services to residents of several other area towns.  Bridges is licensed by the State Dept. of Children and Families and the Dept. of Public Health.  Nationally accredited by the Joint Commission, Bridges has been providing services to families, children and adults since 1957.

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