Celebrate & Support Hartford Youth Scholars

Celebrate & Support Hartford Youth Scholars

Published on May 19, 2016

Celebrating Hartford’s Own


Spring 2016 has been a busy time for Hartford Youth Scholars! We are celebrating milestones spanning each of our 10 cohorts of students, from 7th graders to college seniors and are writing today to share highlights with you. First and foremost…

The Fifth Annual Hartford Youth Scholars

Celebrations Galaand fundraiser will take place on

Friday June 3rd from 6-10 PM at the Bond Ballroom!

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary of

founding and our first college graduation class. At this

Celebrations Galawe will celebrate the best of Hartford’s own, including special recognition of our founding directors, while raising funds to support Hartford Youth Scholars and its exemplary student Scholars.

“This is the culmination of a 10-year investment that all of us here at HYS have made in these bright, talented and determined students from Hartford. We provided them with rigorous academics, life skills and other tools to be successful in high   school and college and they have shown us exactly what they are able to do,” saysAnthony Byers, Co-Executive Director. “I am proud and excited to see what these young people will accomplish in their lives and what they are going to bring back to the city of Hartford. Many of them have let us know that they are very proud to have paved the way for younger Hartford students, and that they are looking forward to returning to live and work in the city that they grew up in.” To learn more about HYS’ Celebrations Gala, click here…



One of our first college graduating Scholars, Haris will be graduating from Connecticut College on May 22 with a degree in Sociology and History. Read more about Haris’ 10-year journey…



At the Celebrations Gala we will also be celebrating Hartford Youth Scholars’ high school graduations. This year we have 14 graduating high school seniors, and 13 of them have been accepted at 4-year colleges, including Yale, The University of Pennsylvania, Williams  College, George Washington University,  and Wesleyan University. Seen below is Stephany, along with her mother Teresa. Stephany has accepted admission at Yale College, where she plans to major in economics.

Click here to learn more about Stephany’s path from 6th grade to her college acceptance to Yale…

Stay tuned – we’ll be telling more stories of Hartford Youth Scholars’ 2016 college acceptances!

Along with college graduations and acceptances, the past few months have been very eventful for our younger Scholars as well. In April our 8th grade Scholars received admissions decisions from independent high schools. Seen below is HYS’ cohort 9 enjoying themselves at the Hartford Stage a few weeks prior to this decision date.

Independent high schools to which Hartford Youth Scholars were admitted in 2016 include Phillips Exeter Academy,

Miss Porter’s School, Phillips Academy Andover,

Westminster School, Loomis Chaffee School and Hotchkiss School.

Click here to learn more about HYS’ 2016 independent school admissions…

And finally, as we prepare to celebrate our first cohorts’  graduations from college, the HYS staff reviewed more than 80 applications of 6th grade students hoping to become our next class of Scholars (cohort 11) in June.

We are finalizing decisions and will send out acceptance letters on May 6. As we get to know our newest Scholars,  we’ll keep you updated with individual stories of some of these students

and their families. The circle continues – there is no shortage of young people looking to succeed as Hartford Youth Scholars. We are proud to watch our cohort 1 Scholars graduate from college, and excited to welcome our new cohort 11 (rising 7th graders).

Click here to learn more about Hartford Youth Scholars…

We hope to see all of you at the 

Celebrations Gala on June 3!


Please check out our new website at http://www.hartfordyouthscholars.org/  and please also note that our email addresses have changed. As you will see on the website we are no longer HYSF; likewise, our email addresses now are @hartfordyouthscholars.org.

The new website and email addresses reflect our recent name change. We have dropped “Foundation” to more accurately represent the work that we do preparing Hartford students to be successful in high school and college (as opposed to providing them with funding to attend these schools).

If you have any questions or comments, please reply to this email or contact Valerie Klokow at vklokow@hartfordyouthscholars.org or 860.297.5224

Anthony Byers – Co-Executive Director (860)297-5115

Roxanna Booth Miller – Co-Executive Director (860) 297-5112

Garth Adams – Dean of Programs (860) 297-5113

Erica Graff – Director of High School and College Guidance (860) 297-5114

Evadne Coache – Program Recruitment Manager (860) 297-5116

Katie Powers – Development Manager (860) 297-5272

Valerie Klokow – Grants & Communications Manager (860) 297-5244

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