About the Scholarship:
Now accepting applications for 2021!
See below to apply.
Connecticut Roller Derby is proud to offer the Cindy Luberto Scholarship for Women/Non-Binary Individuals in Sports!
Established in 2012, this scholarship recognizes a dedicated and enthusiastic Connecticut athlete who has a passion for their sport,
whatever it may be.
“Many of our skaters did not consider themselves athletes before finding roller derby, while others have a long history of participating and succeeding in sports. We think it is important to celebrate all types of athletes who embrace their passion for their sport, regardless of whether they are the star of a competitive team or a participant in less structured recreational or intramural sports,” says Kathleen Ebner, who skated under the name Ebolution, a former player for Connecticut’s Yankee Brutals and Physical Education and Health teacher at Woodland Regional High School.
The recipient is selected based on a short, 250-word essay describing their passion for the sport that they play, with emphasis on how their sport or their participation is unique. Each applicant is also asked to provide a photo of themselves in action or representing their sport.
“Being passionate about an activity can change a person’s life. Our skaters have found something special in roller derby, and we want to celebrate that spirit with this scholarship,” says Alison Faruolo (Babe Vigoda), a former blocker for the Yankee Brutals. “The award is named for Cindy Luberto, the late sister of one of our league’s most positive and supportive former members, Jill Luberto (Paula G. ImNaughty).”
Applications for the 2021 scholarship award are now being accepted!
2021 Connecticut Roller Derby Women/Non-Binary Individuals in Sports Scholarship
Roller derby is a unique sport with hundreds of thousands of passionate followers around the world. Since its modern resurgence in the 21st century, roller derby is now the fastest growing women’s sport in the world.
Athletic skaters may come from many backgrounds and enjoy a variety of sports, but often only those excelling in more traditional sports receive recognition with athletic awards and scholarships. The members of Connecticut Roller Derby, Inc., believe that sports (traditional or non-) can be an important part of a well-rounded life, and value the diversity of experience that each of its members contributes to roller derby and sporting community. In that spirit, CTRD has created this scholarship opportunity to recognize Women/Non Binary athletes in Connecticut who have a passion for their sport, whatever it may be.
First Place: $500 non-renewable scholarship, paid directly to the educational institution upon verification of enrollment in the fall semester, for use toward tuition, fees, and education-related expenses.
Runner-Up: $250 non-renewable scholarship, paid directly to the educational institution upon verification of enrollment in the fall semester, for use toward tuition, fees, and education-related expenses.
All submissions will be reviewed by members of the CTRD and winners will be determined by a league vote. Applicants and recommenders may be contacted for verification or clarification of information by email or brief telephone interview.
be a woman/non-binary student-athlete, participating in recreational, community, or school athletics.
be attending a Connecticut college or university in the Fall of 2021, or be a Connecticut resident attending any college or university
in the Fall of 2021.
provide a 250-word essay describing their passion for the sport that they play, with emphasis on how their sport or their
participation is unique.
provide a photograph of themselves in action or representing their sport.
agree to allow Connecticut Roller Derby, Inc., to use the submitted information and photograph in promotional materials.
complete and submit the application and recommendation by April 1st, 2021.
Past or current members of CTRD or the immediate family of any current CTRD member are ineligible.
Deadline/How to submit:
Submit application materials for the 2021 Connecticut Roller Derby Cindy Luberto Women in Sports Scholarship using the following online form.
Please direct the coach or adviser providing your required recommendation to the separate online recommendation form.
Online entries are preferred, however, you may also submit your entry by email to
To download and print a copy of the application, click here: 2021 CT Roller Derby Application Form
Winner will be notified in June and will be invited to be recognized at a CTRD bout later in the 2020 season.
If you would like to help us continue to provide this unique opportunity to recognize passionate women athletes in our communities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate to support the Connecticut Roller Derby Women in Sports Scholarship!