Ladd / Moran Memorial Scholarship

Congratulation to the recipient of the 2024 Ladd/Moran  Memorial Scholarship – Adam Alexander from Newington High School. Thanks to all who submitted applications. Your service to the special needs community is greatly appreciated. 

The Miralce League of CT is accepting applications for the Ladd/Moran Memorial Scholarship.  Please note that we have narrowed the geographic are for applicants to the Greater Hartford area only, please click on the button on the bottom of the page to see if you qualify. All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2024 in order to be considered. DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 25, 2024

A $2500 scholarship (non-renewable) will be awarded annually to a graduating high school student who has shown commitment to their community through volunteer service to the special needs or disability community. The scholarship is given in honor of the Ladd and Moran families who exemplify commitment to the special needs community through their service and support in the face of the tragic loss of their sons, Peter and Johnny, both at far too young an age

Peter Ladd was born in 2001 with cerebral palsy. Although his condition prevented him from ever learning to talk, walk, or eat, he was able to enjoy horseback riding and playing Miracle League baseball thanks to the kindness of so many wonderful volunteers. He attended Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford where he was warmly accepted by the school community. Peter was fortunate to be loved and cared for by a very large and extended family. He died unexpectedly in 2012 at the age of 11.

Johnny Moran was born in 2007 with Wieacker Wolff Syndrome. He lived with many limitations from birth to age 9 but his spirit of strength and love rose far above, and his positive attitude toward life affected all who came to know him. Johnny loved his family, his friends at Norfeldt Elementary School, and his teammates and helpers on The Miracle League baseball field. Johnny's dimpled smile will live on in the many hearts he touched in his nine short years. He passed away in 2016.

Requirements and Prerequisites

  • Must be a graduating high school student who lives in or attends an accredited High School in the defined Greater Hartford area.  Please click on the button below to view the map to determine eligibility.
  •  Must be enrolled or accepted at an accredited 2 or 4 year college and plan to be enrolled full time in the fall semester of 2024
  • Immediate and extended family members of the Miracle League of CT Board of Directors, Advisory Board, other affiliated boards, or the Ladd and Moran families are not eligible to apply

Scholarship Considerations

  • Commitment to the community through volunteer service to organizations that serve children or adults who have intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities .  The volunteer service can be to any organization and is not limited to service for The Miracle League of CT – 40%
  • Essay question response – 40%
  • Letter of recommendation – 10%
  • Academic record – 10%

Required Materials for Application

  • Completed scholarship application
  • Official sealed high school transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a leader, organizer or Executive Director of an organization that you volunteer for
  • Write an essay (no more than 300 words) in response to the prompt question provided on the applicant essay page