State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, in partner with the Connecticut Higher Education Trust , announced the recipients of the 2016 CHET Advance Scholarships on Dec. 8.

One Westport resident earned the CHET scholarship, senior Emily Schussheim.

2016 is the fourth year of the CHET Advance Scholarship program, which awards $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors and initial $2,000 scholarships to freshmen. The freshmen have the opportunity to receive an additional $500 if the student’s family saves $500 in a CHET account by the time the student goes to college.

CHET Advance Scholarship is administered by the Connecticut Higher Education Trust, Connecticut’s 529 college savings plan. As trustee of CHET, Nappier negotiated for the establishment of the scholarship program. TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. and The Hartford, plan managers for CHET Direct-Sold and CHET Advisor-Sold, respectively, contribute annually into a scholarship account to finance the scholarship program, under their contracts with the Treasurer’s Office to manage CHET 529. No state funds are used for awards issued under CHET Advance Scholarship.

Family YMCA to honor gap closers

On Friday, the Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund of the Westport Weston Family YMCA will award 18 organizations from Westport, Weston, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk and Wilton inaugural grants to support programming that focuses on closing the achievement gap in education.

The award ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the YMCA’s gymnasium.

The Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund was formed to give back to the community by providing one-year grants to organizations that focus on closing the achievement gap in education.

Grants are awarded through a competitive application process and intended to enhance educational opportunities in a transformational way. Grants recipients are nonprofits serving children and/or young adults that are located in and serving one or more of the following communities: Westport, Weston, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk and Wilton.

Unclaimed money in Westport

Stamford heads a list of unclaimed property issued Dec. 8 by the state treasurer with 66,135 bank accounts and other property worth a total of $51.1 million unclaimed.

The 66,135 lost or forgotten accounts are about half the population of Stamford, indicating many residents have lost track of more than one account.

Bridgeport was fourth on the list, with 55,945 accounts worth a total of $32.9 million unclaimed. Greenwich, Norwalk, Waterbury, Danbury, Westport and Fairfield round out the list.

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The state treasurer’s office has paid out more than $119 million to nearly 34,000 claimants since 2014.

Most of the outstanding balances are relatively small: there are 595,443 accounts worth between $50 and $100, and 611,187 worth between $100 and $500. There are 10 unclaimed accounts that are each worth at least $500,000.

There are 95,000 new names on the updated list, the first since 2013.

A claim form, available online, must be signed and notarized, and sent along with the required documents listed on the form to State of Connecticut, Office of the State Treasurer, P.O. Box 5065, Hartford, CT 06102.

Holiday music

Jazz pianist and vocalist Chris Coogan will perform at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Weston-based musician will be joined by the Chris Coogan Quintet and there will be a solo performance by special guest, vocalist Michele Grace.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets, priced $35 for adults and $30 for seniors, will be sold at the door. Admission is free for children 10 and younger. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Saugutuck Congregational Church's local missions.

Staples High School students will have a bake sale after the concert to benefit Hope for Haiti.

Call 203-306-8830, e-mail or visit for more details.