2017 Promise Scholars Announcement!

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113 Hartford Students from the Class of 2017 Earn Hartford Promise Scholarships

113 Hartford Students from the Class of 2017 Earn Hartford Promise Scholarships

Students from 18 Hartford Public High Schools will earn up to $20,000 college scholarships
and distinction as Promise Scholars in 2017.

Hartford Promise is excited to announce that 113 students from 18 Hartford Public High Schools have earned the distinction of being Hartford Promise Scholars in the Class of 2017, and each will receive up to $20,000 in college scholarships. These students represent 14% of the HPS graduating seniors who live in Hartford. (Some of the Bulkeley High School Promise Scholars are pictured above.)

Hartford Promise is a large-scale college scholarship fund and college success program that provides Hartford students the financial resources, support services, and key relationships that lead to college success. Its ambitious goals are to transform the lives of Hartford students and transform the city of Hartford.

Some of the Promise Scholars from Classical Magnet School.

Richard Sugarman, President of Hartford Promise said, “This is a pivotal life-changing moment for these students and their families. It’s a game-changer. Despite facing significant challenges, these students have endured, they have stayed focused on education, they have been academically successful, and have earned this honor. They deserve our praise. They are true role models.”

Promise Scholars from High School, Inc.

To become a Promise Scholar, students must reside in Hartford, attend a Hartford Public High School continuously since 9thgrade, and have a 93% or better cumulative attendance record and 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale during high school.

The Hartford Promise scholarship provides students attending any full time accredited 4-year college or university up to $5,000 per year, and students attending any full time accredited 2-year college up to $2,500 per year.

Promise Scholars from Hartford Public High School’s Nursing Academy.

In addition to offering scholarships, Hartford Promise has established strong college and university partnerships that provide additional financial support as well as transitional support and services to increase the likelihood for students’ college success.

For example, at partner schools University of Connecticut (UCONN), Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU), and the University of Chicago (UCH), students can receive up to $5,000 each year in additional financial support.

Promise Scholars from Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts with President of Hartford Promise Richard Sugarman (left.)

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will provide free housing, a grant up to $6,250 each year for Promise Scholars, and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) will provide an additional $3,000 housing grant to 15 Promise Scholars.

2017 Promise Scholars will be attending colleges and universities throughout the country including: UCONN; CCSU; ECSU; Bowdoin; Mt Holyoke; Wesleyan; Trinity College; University of Saint Joseph; Manchester Community College; Howard University; NYU; University of Hartford; Goodwin College; SCSU; Marist; Yale; and many other schools throughout New England and the country.

Promise Scholars from University High School of Science & Engineering.

Marlene Ibsen, President, Travelers Foundation said, “Without Hartford Promise, many of these students would not have been able to consider college as an option…Hartford Promise eliminates the financial barriers faced by so many students today, and it will transform the lives of our students and our city…it’s an investment in Hartford’s future.”

Supporters of Hartford Promise include: Travelers Foundation, Hartford Hospital, Say Yes Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, Hampshire Foundation, Patricelli Family Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Voya, United Bank, Bissell Foundation, and many others.

Promise Scholars from Achievement First High School with Hartford Promise President Richard Sugarman, right.

Meet the Scholar: Ashia Robinson

Ashia graduated from Achievement First Hartford High School and is now attending Tufts University.

“Tufts has been amazing so far! The transition from high school has not been as bad as I thought it would be, but I’m pretty sure that’s because of the summer program I did and the support I receive from back home. I’ve been able to keep up with my classes while also being on Concert Board, the Caribbean Dance Team, and BLAST. Of course, every now and then I struggle with balancing my schoolwork and my social life, but I’m getting better at it. I do love the challenges that college brings because it’s such a different world and lifestyle compared to what I was used to. I’m excited to continue this journey and see what Clinical Psychology has in store for me next.”

Meet the Scholar: Belma Pehratovic

Belma graduated from Pathways Academy of Technology and Design and is currently a freshman at the University of Connecticut.

“I am currently an MIS major at the University of Connecticut. Since being at the university, I have learned a lot about myself; not only as a student, but as an individual working towards a bright future. I have joined many clubs, and participated in many events to give back to communities around me. I have also joined the largest co-ed business fraternity in the nation; Alpha Kappa Psi. None of this would have been possible without the help of Hartford Promise. This scholarship has not only helped lift a financial burden, it has provided me with a network of motivated individuals like myself. The city of Hartford has given me many amazing opportunities, and I am beyond grateful for this one.”

Meet the Scholar: Tiffany Escribano

Tiffany graduated from Hartford Public High School Law & Government Academy and is a freshman at the University of Connecticut.

“My name is Tiffany Escribano and the Hartford Promise has impacted me immensely. I have been able to go to my top choice college: UCONN. Not only has this scholarship helped me attend my first choice college but it has also given me a peace in mind when it comes to paying for college. It is awesome to know that I have people there for me to help me to succeed in my future ventures. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

Meet the Scholar: Elizabeth Rebeiro

Elizabeth graduated from Hartford Trinity Magnet Academy and is a freshman at Caldwell University in New Jersey.

“I attended Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy and graduated this year. So far, college has been great, as I have met many wonderful people. I love my classes, my professors are helpful and understanding, and I am finally enjoying the routine even though it can be stressful at times.”

Meet the Scholar: Jonthony Rivera

Jonthony graduated from Global Communications Academy and is now attending Manchester Community College.

“College is going great. I have made a lot of new friends, all my professors are nice and I have really enjoyed communicating with them. I also have been getting good grades! I like all my classes. Now that I am in college, I am not shy like how I use to be in my high school years. Hartford Promise has helped me by accepting that I am a mature young man that can succeed and pass my goals.”

Meet the Scholar: Tamara Rodriguez

Tamara graduated from Global Communications Academy and is currently attending the University of Saint Joseph.

“I have learned that college is not easy! However, it is not impossible with hard work. These last couple of weeks has been a struggle at times, but I continue to work hard.  I have built a great support system here at the University of Saint Joseph and I know I can count on the Hartford Promise community. Hartford Promise has helped me financially and has given me hope that going to college is possible.”

Meet the Scholar: Karina Rivera

Karina graduated from Bulkeley High School and is now attending Eastern Connecticut State University. 

“I am currently majoring in Criminology, minoring in Psychology and working towards my certification as a Behavior Analyst. Hartford Promise has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to  have a full college experience by allowing me to live on campus. Many students, as well as parents, may find that this time of year can be one of the most stressful; but Hartford Promise  has made the transition into the “college life” easy by allowing me not to stress too much on how I will  be able to afford college, but help me focus more on just being the best student I can be. Thank you, Hartford Promise!”

Meet the Scholar: Chelsea Waysome

Chelsea attending the Culinary Arts Academy and is now a freshman at the University of Connecticut.

“My first few weeks at UCONN were truly life changing. Not only because it is college or because I am becoming an adult, but it has been life changing because these are the steps that will lead me closer to what I want to do in my future and my future career. I am truly blessed for the help of the Hartford Promise Scholarship along with the opportunities that may come forth in the future from being one of the first Promise Scholars.”

Meet the Scholar: Leroy Collier

Leroy graduated from Classical Magnet School and is now attending the University of Connecticut. 

“So far, my college experience has been a wonderful one! The UCONN community is very welcoming, and helpful. Anything that a student may need, the school has on campus. Storrs campus also has many different things to do on campus too. As of right now, I am one of the managers on the Men’s basketball team!

Hartford Promise Scholarship has helped me gain access to a lot of resources that have helped me while completing assignments here. The opportunity to make connections with different people that come from across the world is something that every kid my age doesn’t get, and I plan to take full advantage of this blessing, thank you.”

Meet the Scholar: Amber Smith

Amber graduated from Bulkeley High School and now attends the University of Connecticut.

“Going to college for the first time can be a pretty overwhelming experience. There are so many people from all over the world who have a completely different background than I do. It is nice that there are other Hartford Promise Scholars on campus that I can relate to. Not to mention classes are already a lot to take in. I am so thankful I do not have to add financial worries on top of that. It is all because of the Hartford Promise Award that I get to focus on my education and what I want to do in the future.”

Meet the Scholar: Laura De Sousa

Laura graduated from University of Science and Engineering and is now attending the University of Hartford.

“College has been an amazing experience so far. The Hartford Promise Scholarship has allowed me to take the classes I that are important to me without worrying about the cost of the books or materials. I am currently taking a business math course that requires me to buy a very expensive calculator that without the Hartford Promise Scholarship, I would not have been able to afford.”

Meet the Scholar: Anika Shields

Anika graduated from Achievement First Hartford High School and is now attending Wellesley University.

“It is not easy to describe what my first few weeks at Wellesley have been like in only 3-5 sentences. I am constantly in awe that I get to surround myself with hard-working, accomplished, and generally, amazing people (students, faculty, and staff) who truly want to change the world around them, and that motivates me to want to do the same. Being at an all-women’s college has definitely allowed me to feel more empowered in the way that I live. I am so thankful for Hartford Promise scholarship for covering a portion the cost of attending Wellesley, as well as establishing a network of scholars I can connect with.”


Meet the Scholar: Glorianne Claudio

Glorianne graduated from Hartford Public High School, Law and Government Academy and is now attending the University of Connecticut.

“I am extremely grateful that with the help of the Hartford Promise Scholarship, I was given the opportunity to attend one of the top 20 public universities in the United States. College is a new chapter of my life that I am able to embark on without having to dread dept. As Dj Khalid once said, “You very smart, you a genius, never give up, never surrender.” The Hartford Promise has been a major part for me so that I do not give up—so I can obtain my higher education. They see the potential in me just like Dj Khalid does.”

Meet the Scholar: Monique Bennett

Monique graduated from the Nursing Academy at Hartford Public High School and is now attending the University of Connecticut.

“I came to college with a new mindset and a positive attitude. My goal right now is to do my best, make everyone proud and to finish my first semester strong. I am absolutely thankful for the Harford Promise Scholarship because if it wasn’t for this foundation I do not know how I would make it through my first semester. This scholarship had impacted my life because they give me the opportunity to continue my education, to keep my academics up and to work hard as scholar.”

Meet the Scholar: Latoya Beckford

Latoya graduated from Hartford Public High School of Engineering and Green Technology and is now attending Eastern Connecticut State University.

Being at Eastern Connecticut State University has been a great experience! Overall, my experience so far has been good. I have made new friends and joined clubs including the Martial Arts Club, Rugby and LEAP Leadership. I find the most fun thing I enjoy about college is making myself active. Without Hartford Promise, I would be in a lot of debt. This scholarship has helped me in a lot of ways because my family is unable to helped me out. I know that now that I in college, I will most the most of every opportunity given to me.

Meet the Scholar: Jesus Medina

Jesus Medina graduated from Pathways to Technology and Design and is now attending the University of Connecticut.

I am majoring in Management Information Systems at UCONN. My first few weeks of college has been a great mix of experiences including extreme environmental and cultural adjustments. Transitioning from a predominately minority high school, to an extremely diverse university has been an eye opening experience as I continue to find my niche in the university. The amount of responsibility associated with college includes time management and discipline! I am grateful to be at UCONN and am ready to embrace these challenges.

Meet the Scholar: Grace Graham

Grace graduated from Bulkeley High School and is now attending Trinity College.

“The first few weeks at Trinity College have been exciting! I am getting to know people from all over the world with different backgrounds, and experiences. My first year seminar, InterArts, is a diverse group of young artists. The most important lesson that this class has taught me is that unique individuals can create great work, but groups of unique individuals create stronger work. Aside from providing me with essential funds to attend Trinity College and gain this experience, the Hartford Promise Scholarship has given me a great support network of Promise Scholars. I hope to one day use the lesson that I learned in InterArts to work with other Promise Scholars and Hartford natives to create significant work that will advance our city. Thank you, Hartford Promise!

Meet the Scholar: Talia Clarke

Talia graduated from Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College and is now attending Southern Connecticut State University.

“College is great so far! I enjoy meeting new people and joining new organizations such as the Caribbean Student Association, Black Student Union, and the Dance team. The Hartford Promise Scholarship has given me the opportunity to be a resident on campus. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to be as engaged as I am now. I greatly appreciate Hartford Promise!”

Meet the Scholar: TJ Noel-Sullivan

TJ graduated from Classical Magnet Academy and is now attending Yale University. Here is what TJ has to say…

“The Hartford Promise has been incredibly beneficial for me. Not only has it lessened the financial burdens of college, but it has also provided a social foundation for me. Recently I was visiting another school, when I met a student with a Hartford Promise T-Shirt. Immediately we formed a connection, and were able to talk about our college experiences. I think that over time, that network of Promise scholars may prove to be the most beneficial part of the scholarship.”

Class of 2016 Celebrates Inaugural Promise Scholar Day!

Our first Promise Scholar Day kicked off with a bang! The Promise Scholar Community has begun. 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.

We were also happy to have news reporters from various media outlets. You can read more about the day and what the Promise is all about from the Hartford Courant

University of St. Joseph Offers Free Housing to Promise Scholars

Hartford Promise and the University of Saint Joseph have established a partnership where USJ will provide free housing for four years for Hartford Promise Scholars who attend the University. We’re excited that this will afford many Promise Scholars the opportunity to live on campus and enjoy a full college experience. Read more here

Attention Promise Scholars: UCONN will Provide Additional Scholarship Funds to Promise Scholars

We are excited to announce that through our networking and partnership with UCONN, they have offered to provide additional scholarship dollars for Promise Scholars! This means that in addition to your Promise Scholarship you will receive additional funds up to the amount of your Promise Scholarship if you attend UCONN! Read more here. Read the press release here.

Give. All. You. Can – Help Hartford Promise Make the Dream Real

Hartford Promise makes front page of Hartford Courant.  Vanessa De La Torre writes, “The pledge is real, and after a flurry of fundraising and low-profile launch a few years ago, Hartford Promise advocates have begun to ramp up publicity, talking to schools counselors and families about a scholarship program they believe can change lives in a poor city where every dollar counts.”