OUR PEOPLE: 144 Hartford Promise Scholars Build Community before Departing for College

OUR PEOPLE: 144 Hartford Promise Scholars Build Community before Departing for College

Hartford Promise Scholars took their first step in building the Promise Scholar Community; they celebrated their Inaugural Promise Scholar Day on the campus of Hartford’s Trinity College.  Hartford Promise is a large scale College Scholarship Fund and College Success Program whose integrated model provides Hartford students the financial resources, support services, and key relationships that lead to college success. Promise Scholars will receive up to $20,000 in scholarships. Students attending any accredited, not-for-profit 4-year college or university will receive up to $5,000 per year if attending full time. Students attending any accredited, not-for-profit 2-year college will receive up to $2,500 per year if attending full time.

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Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools Beth Schiavino-Narvaez shares some of her early college experiences with the Scholars.

The first group of 144 Hartford Promise Scholars was announced this spring. They are an extraordinarily diverse group of young people representing 17 Hartford Public High Schools who will be attending 37 different colleges and universities throughout the country.

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For the first Promise Scholar Day, students came to Trinity campus to learn about self-advocating and other important college skills. This involved engaging in group-based dialogue with college facilitators, participating in a panelist Q&A session, and even competing against each other in an Amazing Race game where students learned about campus navigation.

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Promise Scholars (above,) students who have graduated from Hartford Pubic High Schools under the Hartford Promise requirements, enjoy the team-building activities.

Throughout the day, the students also participated in community building workshops, college focused-discussions led by college representatives, a panel discussion where scholars asked questions to current student and college support services professionals from local universities, and meals. They were afforded the opportunity to build a Promise Scholar community and access to additional resources to prepare them to be successful in their first semester.

Hartford Promise President Richard Sugarman thanked the community partners who helped and attended, “It was so good to have some of you there helping with the day, and for you to have the opportunity to see and meet our Promise Scholars, up close and personal. Such an outstanding group of young people.”

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Hartford Promise President Richard Sugarman (left,) Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez (center) and Trinity College Dean Joseph DiChristina (right) pose with Promise Scholars from Hartford Public High School’s Nursing Academy, Lahesha Tracey (l.) and Bulkeley High School, Grace Graham (r.), who will both matriculate to Trinity College this year.

In addition to college funds the Hartford Promise offers support, services and key relationships.  Hartford Promise will build strong college and university partnerships to make sure that every Promise Scholar is KNOWN and provided the transitional support and services proven to increase the likelihood for college success, including Mentoring, Peer-to-Peer support networks, “Navigating college” resources for students and parents, Financial and career planning, and Internship and other work opportunities.

Working closely with Hartford Public Schools, they will ensure that students are college aware, college focused, and academically on track for college admission and success. They will partner with eligible high schools, with the future goal of reaching students and families by fifth grade.

Hartford Promise will coordinate college access, college prep, and support services available through the Hartford Public School system, as well as those provided by local Community Organizations and other institutions. Their goal is to know what is available, and help Hartford students take full advantage of all resources.

To become a Hartford Promise Scholar, student must:

  • Attend a Hartford Public High School continuously since 9th grade
  • Be a Hartford resident throughout high school
  • Have a 93 % or better cumulative attendance record during high school
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale in high school

For more information about the Hartford Promise, click here.

Please read more about Promise Scholar Day in the Hartford Courant.