David Daniel Berdon Memorial Scholarship

daviddanielberdonDavid Daniel Berdon was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and became a practicing attorney in 1949. He was a member of the New Haven County (Connecticut) and the American Bar Associations, and the Connecticut and American Trial Lawyers Associations. He was also a member of the American Arbitration Association.

Before becoming a lawyer, he was a lecturer in economics at the University of Connecticut. An advocate for mentally challenged children, he was the founder and a charter member of the Valley Association for Retarded Children. Active in Republican circles in New Haven and throughout the state, he served as special counsel to the Connecticut Republican Party in the 1970s. In 1969, he was a member of President Richard M. Nixon’s transition team, and served as a consultant and the acting director for New England at the Office of Economic Opportunity in Boston. Appointed by Gov. John Dempsey, he served as vice chairman of the commission to study procedures for the nomination of presidential candidates.


The purpose of this memorial scholarship fund is to provide scholarship support for students enrolled full-time at the University of Connecticut. For consideration, applicants must be actively engaged in events and programs of the Rainbow Center, or similar such programs at the University serving diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities, which may include, without limitation, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allied communities. Applicants must also demonstrate an interest in issues of concern to these Communities by, for example, but without limitation, pursuing relevant academic coursework. The scholarship(s) may be renewed annually to the recipient(s) provided satisfactory academic progress is achieved and provided all criteria specified above continue to be met.

The monies in the David Daniel Berdon Memorial Scholarship Fund are administered by the University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. A committee of volunteers from various segments of the University of Connecticut community review applications for scholarship awards. The David Daniel Berdon Memorial Fund is not affiliated with any specific University of Connecticut department.

During the 2015 – 2016 Academic Year, the David Daniel Berdon Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded two scholarships of up to $1000 each.  Congratulations to Ronnie Shepard and Ezra Blanchard.  During the 2016-2017 Academic Year, the David Daniel Berdon Memorial Scholarship Fund will continue to provide a $1000 scholarship to Ezra Blanchard, however, at this time, it has been decided that no further awards will be made this academic year.  Check back for a revised application and selection process.

All award recipients will be attending the Rainbow Center Lavender Graduation to partake in the David Daniel Berdon Memorial Scholarship Ceremony, at which, the family of David Daniel Berdon may attend.  Lavender Graduation will be held in the Rainbow Center, in Student Union 403, on Friday, April 14, 2017, between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.  Friends and family of award recipients are invited to attend the award ceremony.

If you should have any questions about the David Daniel Berdon Memorial Scholarship Fund or its awards, please send an email to: berdon@uconn.edu.