Before his official send off, U.S, Senator Joe Lieberman had a mini goodbye at the state Capitol on Monday morning.
He thanked his wife, told some stories about his time in politics and urged Congress to come together on a fiscal cliff compromise.
But his main announcement was a new scholarship in his name – the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Program.
Up to five awards of $1,500 each will be awarded to high school seniors in Connecticut.
Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and a strong record of leadership and community service. The money must be used at a college or technical program.
“With this new scholarship program, I hope to help future generations of Connecticut students have the same kind of opportunities in college and after that I've had,” said Lieberman, (I) Connecticut.
Some of the money to fund the scholarships will come from left-over campaign contributions.
The first 500 applications received will be opened and processed, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
In early February 2013, the scholarship application will be available online. http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/joe-lieberman-scholars