SNAP Scholarship Employment and Training Program

What Is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the food stamps program, is a nutrition program that helps low-income individuals and families buy food and stay healthy. To learn more about SNAP, visit:

What Is the SNAP Employment and Training Program?

The Employment and Training Program provides SNAP recipients with a scholarship for career training, mentoring, and support services to prepare them for job opportunities in the fields of allied health and computer technology.

Scholarships for SNAP Recipients

CT State Manchester is pleased to offer SNAP recipients access to federally funded scholarships, which are administered through the state’s Department of Social Services (DSS), to attend one of these career training programs. The SNAP Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for one of the non-credit certificate programs listed below. This scholarship can only be used once per person, unless used for courses that are stackable credentials. Students who drop out of the course after the start date forfeit their SNAP Scholarship for future use.

If you are a U.S. citizen receiving SNAP benefits in Connecticut, you may be eligible to participate in one of the training programs offered through the Continuing Education Division if you:

  • have a high school diploma or GED, and
  • do not receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • qualify for SNAP benefits through the duration of the course (your DSS eligibility will be checked on the 1st of each month).

Exception: High school students, who are at least 16 years of age, can enroll in the CNA course.

SNAP Scholarships are available for the following programs:

Allied Health

Computer Technology 

How Do I Apply for a Scholarship?

  1. Please complete the SNAP Scholarship Application and submit it via email to the SNAP Coordinator at
  2. The coordinator will determine your eligibility with DSS.
  3. Once your eligibility for a scholarship is determined, the SNAP Scholarship Coordinator will contact you to help you register for one of the above listed non-credit courses of your choice (on a space available basis).

Please DO NOT register for the course first.  You must apply, be granted a scholarship and then register for the class.  By registering for the class first, you risk being charged the full amount of the course whether you attend or not.


For questions and additional information, contact our SNAP Scholarship Coordinator, Leana Ruiz, at 860-512-2827 or Appointments available upon request. Leana is the SNAP Scholarship Coordinator for both the Manchester and the Tunxis campuses. Se habla español.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

SNAP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that does not discriminate

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling 833-620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:

  1. mail:
    Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
    1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
    Alexandria, VA 22314; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.