PARTNERS TO OUR PEOPLE:  Hartford Youth Scholars Supports our Students from 7th Grade through High School on their Paths to College and Career

PARTNERS TO OUR PEOPLE: Hartford Youth Scholars Supports our Students from 7th Grade through High School on their Paths to College and Career

Published on May 17, 2016

 Hartford Youth Scholar and Hartford Public High School graduate (’12) Shebrikea Warburton graduated from Howard University on Saturday, May 7, 2016. President Barack H. Obama delivered the keynote address at the commencement ceremony. President Obama’s world leader insights and his commitment to justice, equality, and inclusivity made this year’s commencement ceremony historic and uniquely special for everyone in attendance.

Shebrikea graduated from Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology in 2012 and she matriculated at Howard, an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) located in Washington, D.C. that same year. A reflective, thoughtful and hardworking student, Shebrikea has really found her voice and become empowered through her studies at Howard. She majored in Health Science with a concentration in physical therapy and plans to pursue a career in health services.

In photo (right) Shabrikea Warburton and her mother, Marie Lattiebudier, celebrate Shabrikea’s graduation from Howard University on May 7, 2016

Hartford Public Schools (HPS) consists of 50 community and magnet schools serving students Pre-K-12, as well as Adult Education programming, including GED preparation and testing. The mission of HPS is to inspire and prepare all students to create their own success in and beyond school; the vision is that of HPS students transforming their world. On a daily basis, at the personal level, HPS teachers and administrators are taking action to bring about the full potential of each and every one of their students.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, three Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.

Housed on the campus of Trinity College, Hartford Youth Scholars was founded in 2005 by a group of community and business leaders, led by founding Chairman Karl Krapek, to help increase college access for Hartford students and to help close the achievement gap. With a mission to create lifetime opportunities for underserved Hartford children through education, HYS’ primary objective is to place our Scholars at four-year colleges prepared to be successful in the postsecondary environment.

Currently serving 195 students from 7th grade through college seniors, HYS helps highly motivated Hartford students gain access to and graduate from best fit secondary schools and colleges. The organization provides Scholars and their families with academic, tutoring and mentoring support for 10 years, beginning the summer before students enter 7th grade and continuing through college graduation. 6th grade Hartford students are nominated to apply by parents, teachers, school administrators, etc.

The organization is also hosting their Fifth Annual Hartford Youth Scholars Celebrations Gala and fundraiser will take place on Friday June 3rd from 6-10 PM at the Bond Ballroom!  To learn more about HYS’ Celebrations Gala, click here…


For more information or to nominate a student, visit

Originally published in the Hartford Courant by Community Contributor, Valerie Klokow

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