The First-Annual STEM Scholarship Is Awarded to a University of Connecticut Student

Person to Person (P2P) is pleased to announce that The Lewis H. Nash Foundation has chosen to partner with P2P for a new, annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Scholarship.

The current Foundation trustees have chosen to honor the Foundation’s namesake, Lewis Nash, with an annual scholarship of $5,000 to a student who meets P2P’s eligibility guidelines and enrolled in a STEM program. This year’s first scholarship has been awarded to Alexandra Blas. Ms. Blas is a junior at the University of Connecticut. She is currently studying Allied Health Sciences, with an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in genetics and genome studies in the future.

“P2P is honored to receive this scholarship grant from The Lewis H. Nash Foundation,” shared P2P CEO Nancy Coughlin. “Our scholarship committee selected Ms. Blas as the recipient based on her incredible work ethic and dedication to helping others through science.”

The P2P Scholarship Program supports promising students from low-income families living in Fairfield County ease the burden of the high cost of college. P2P’s Mentoring 4 Success is a combined scholarship and mentoring program; each year P2P provides approximately 20 first-generation scholars with adult mentors to help ensure a successful college experience.

Founded in 1968, P2P’s the Scholarship Program promotes increased college completion rates — at 88%, P2P scholars graduation rates far exceed the rates for students from low-income backgrounds nationwide and locally.

For the 2022-23 academic year, P2P has awarded 90 scholarships to local students who are attending 32 schools across five states, including the District of Colombia. 84% are first generation college students.

About Person to Person

Person to Person (P2P) is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing individuals and families with essential resources to help them overcome daily challenges and put them on a path toward economic stability. P2P serves 24,000 residents in Fairfield County with the following programs: three food pantries (Darien, Norwalk, Stamford), clothing center, caseworker assistance, emergency financial assistance, scholarships/mentorships, camperships, and holiday programs. Learn more at

About The Lewis H. Nash Foundation

The Lewis H. Nash Foundation is a Stamford, CT-based non-profit, founded in 2000. Lewis H. Nash (1852-1923) was an American engineer who invented the liquid-ring-vacuum pump, and held over 100 U.S. patents for pumps, engines, and other equipment. He founded the Nash Engineering Company in 1905 and served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

“Lewis was a charitable person by nature, and we wish to honor his legacy by helping those who are following his STEM path. We chose to partner with P2P because of its diligence in selecting students, its mentoring process, and its excellent graduation rate. We are thrilled to help Alexandra reach her ambitious academic goals.” – The Nash Family

P2P Scholarship Contact

Flor Gonzalez, Assistant Program Manager, [email protected]